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VP Binay still hopeful PNoy will consider him as his presidential bet

(Updated 7:24 p.m.) Vice President Jejomar Binay said Wednesday he is not losing hope that President Benigno Aquino III will consider him as the best person to replace him in 2016.
"Andun pa rin ang aking paniniwala na pagdating ng oras ay dadating ako sa yugto na kokonsiderahin niya ako. Konsiderasyon lang naman," Binay said during a weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay media forum.
"Basta umaasa ako [na] hanggang sa huling sandali, hanggang sa araw ng halalan, makokonsidera ako. Mayroon namang suportang patalikod," he added.
Asked when he will resign from his post in preparation for the 2016 campaign, Binay said he will announce it at the right time. "Eventually darating tayo dun. Sa ngayon secret," he said.

Binay, currently embroiled in a corruption controversy, made the statement after Senator Grace Poe revealed Tuesday night that she would again be meeting with Aquino to discuss the 2016 elections. Poe, however, did not divulge when exactly she would be meeting the President.
"Sinabi ng Pangulo na mag-uusap kami," said Poe at the sidelines of a thanksgiving dinner for businessman Fernando Martinez.

Both Binay and Poe emerged at the top of the Social Weather Stations survey conducted last March 20 to 23 which asked respondents who they will choose as President if elections were held that day. Binay got 36 percent, while Poe garnered 31 percent in the survey. 

LP announcement after SONA

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the ruling Liberal Party's presumptive standard-bearer, expectedly shrugged off Binay's statement on getting Aquino's endorsement.

"Karapatan ng bawat mamamayan na mangarap," Roxas told reporters here when asked on his reaction to Binay's statement made at a forum earlier in the day. "Karapatan ng bawat mamamayan na magkaroon ng pagasa."

The Liberal Party (LP) is expected to announce its standard bearer for the 2016 elections right after Aquino's State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon, LP's vice chairman.

At the weekly Kapihan sa Senado forum on Tuesday, Drilon said the announcement will be made "between July 28 to 31."

Mar Roxas
He, however, refused to say if Aquino will pick Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his candidate and if the announcement would include the party's vice presidential bet.

Roxas himself has yet to announce his political plans in 2016, although some LP members have openly voiced their support for him.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, a member of the ruling party and Aquino's senior political adviser, has said that the President has given LP members the go-signal to go all out in supporting Roxas in his expected run for the presidency in 2016.

"Secretary Roxas is doing his share of going around the country while performing his functions as [secretary of] Department of [the] Interior [and Local Government]," Abad said Tuesday. "And the President has given the party the go-signal to the extent that we all can to support his candidacy."

PNoy-Binay ties

Binay, who defeated Roxas in the 2010 vice presidential race, is a longtime friend of the Aquino family. He was among the personalities in the historic People Power Revolution that toppled the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and installed Aquino's mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, in Malacañang in 1986.

Binay has repeatedly said that he owed his political career to former President Aquino, who first appointed him officer-in-charge of Makati in 1986. —KG/KBK, GMA News