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Binay says Erap running against him in 2016 unlikely

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, a strong contender for the 2016 presidential elections according to surveys, thinks it’s unlikely that former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will run against him in 2016.

“Alam mo hindi ko maisip yun (You know, I cannot think of it), Binay said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s “Tapatan ni Tunying” which aired Thursday afternoon.

Binay was Estrada’s vice presidential running mate in the 2010 presidential elections. Estrada lost to then candidate, Senator Benigno S. Aquino III, while Binay pulled off an upset against then heavy favorite, Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

Estrada had said that he would only run for president in 2016 if Binay becomes the administration candidate.

Binay however in a previous interview dismissed that he may end up as the administration’s bet for the next president as he would never abandon the opposition.

It should be the other way around, Binay said.

However, he also broached the idea of a coalition being formed between the administration’s Liberal Party and the opposition for 2016, noting that “nothing is impossible in the world of politics.”

Estrada’s son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada is rumored to be Binay’s running mate in 2016. Binay, however, said he is not picking a running mate yet so as not to create enemies this early.

He has also deferred the launch of his new political party to the first quarter of next year.