With VP Jejomar Binay recently resigning from the cabinet of President Noynoy Aquino, it is very clear that he is now preparing to run for president in 2016. But because there is no official announcement from his camp yet, we have 5 potential vice presidentiables he is likely to choose from, in no particular order.
Earlier, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Senator Grace Poe, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, have already announced that they are not interested to Binay’s running mate. The three of them are also all potential presidentiables in 2016. Now, let’s meet the possible remaining choices of VP Binay.
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Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Early this month, a possible Binay-Jinggoy tandem in 2016 surfaced. In an interview, the detained senator said he is willing to be Binay’s running mate if he will be invited. Nevertheless, he said he should first clear his name on the graft and corruption charges filed against him, regarding the alleged pork barrel scam. He has been requesting bail at Sandiganbayan, but has been denied several times.
Darlene Marie Berberabe
Last February, VP Binay said that he might choose Pag-Ibig president Darlene Marie Berberabe as his running mate in 2016. According to him, Berberabe has been a great leader of Pag-Ibig. The former wife of PBA superstart, Samboy Lim became controversial after she denied in a senate hearing that VP Binay is not connected with the alleged anomalous transaction, as claimed by Senator Trillanes.
Born Roberto Reyes, comedian Amay Bisaya recently said he is willing to be VP Binay’s running mate if he will be invited. He has been running for governor of Bohol under the KBL party several times, but lost. Known in showbiz as side of Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Fernando Poe Jr, Amay Bisaya was once chosen by former First Lady Imelda Marcos when she ran for president in 1996 but she later withdrew her candidacy.
Senator Nancy Binay
Apparently, I cannot find a law that states that father-and-child cannot run for the president and vice president at the same time. But at the age of 42, Senator Nancy Binay is qualified to run for vice president. Just recently, the lady senator strongly opposed Senate Bill 2649 or the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill. Her brother is Makati Mayor JunJun Binay while her sister is Abigail is in the Congress.
Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada
We all know that Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is a very good friend of VP Binay. In fact, Binay was the running mate of Erap in the 2010 presidential election. But while the former president has announced that he is not running for president in 2016, Binay said that Erap will support him. Therefore, if Binay will have no other choice, Erap might run for vice president as his running mate.
Batangas Governor Vilma Santos should be included in the list above, but her husband Senator Ralph Recto already announced that the Star for All Seasons will not run for higher position n 2016. Meanwhile, congressman and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will only be 37 years old in 2016, and the required age to run for vice president is 40.
So there you have it, fellow Filipinos. Now, I would like to request you to vote according to your conscience. To start with, do a thorough research about all aspiring presidentiables and their running mate. Don’t vote traditional politicians. Think about the future of your children and children’s children.
The above article is a personal opinion sent to us by Eduarte Manansala, a businessman from Sta.Ana, Manila. TN is not in any way affiliated with any political party, and we are not endorsing any candidate in 2016. We decided to publish the article, hoping to receive decent comments and constructive criticisms.
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