MANILA, Philippines – A Binay-Erap tandem in 2016?
Vice President Jejomar Binay is not discounting a possible team-up with former president, now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada in 2016.
Binay broached the possibility in an interview with Bombo Radyo Cauayan in Isabela on Friday, January 23.
Asked whether there can be a Binay-Estrada tandem in 2016, the Vice President said, “Bakit naman po hindi? (Why not?)”
He said, however, that the elections are “still far away” and that he and his political allies would still have to “discuss the mechanism for choosing our candidates.”
Any lingering questions about the eligibility of Estrada, a convicted plunderer who was released by virtue of a presidential pardon, was put to rest after the Supreme Court junked a disqualification case against him.
The High Court upheld the former president’s position that he obtained an “absolute pardon” that fully restored his civil and political rights.
Binay and Estrada were running mates in the 2010 elections, where the former president lost to President Benigno Aquino III.
In 2013, Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and Estrada’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) merged to form the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to field common candidates in the senatorial polls then.
UNA announced on September 24, 2014, that the coalition would be turned into a political party that would serve as Binay’s vehicle for his presidential bid in 2016.
Binay remains the frontrunner in polls on voters’ preference in the 2016 presidential race, but his numbers have been steadily dropping following the Senate probe into corruption allegations against him. – Rappler.com