MANILA, Philippines – Is an alliance between the Vice President’s party and the President’s ruling Liberal Party (LP) in the offing?
Presidential political affairs adviser Ronald Llamas was quoted in previous reports as saying a coalition between the LP and PDP-Laban, the party of Vice President Jejomar Binay, was possible in preparation for mid-term elections in 2013.
But PDP-Laban secretary general Jose de Venecia III was quick to dismiss this as being too early. At a gathering of PDP-Laban leaders in Bacolod City, the Visayan Daily Star quoted De Venecia as saying, “It is too early to discuss coalitions with national political parties, especially that we are over a year away from the campaign period.”
He added that they are eyeing local alliances. “We feel that down here it would be easier, to be able to expand our political party.”
De Venecia, who ran but lost in the 2010 senatorial race, said he plans to run again in the 2013 senatorial race with Sen Aquilino Pimentel III, who is their party’s president. Binay is party chairman.
The midterm elections are important to PDP-Laban, as results are expected to have an impact on the 2016 presidential elections. A Binay presidential candidacy is a strong possibility, even as Transportation Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who ran for vice president in 2010, is also expected to make a bid for the presidency in 2016. – Rappler.com