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Binay-Villar in 2016?

Is former Sen. Manny Villar the “businessman” being eyed by Vice President Jejomar C. Binay as his runningmate in 2016?

This cropped up yesterday after Binay’s office announced that Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, a prominent leader of Villar’s Nacionalista Party (NP), will become the vice president’s spokesman for political concerns.

While Remulla said that he has the “blessings” of Villar, he was quick to deny the former senator’s involvement in his joining the Binay camp, saying it was his personal decision to do so.

Binay, for his part, said he has good relations with Villar and his family.

Asked if Villar was the businessman he was referring to in previous statements, Binay just chuckled and said: “Secret”

Binay, who called for a press conference at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City to deny allegations of former Makati City vice mayor Ernesto Mercado against him, maintained that he has yet to choose a runningmate and everyone is still being considered. Remulla was present in the press conference.

Should the Binay-Villar tandem push through, it would be a twist of fate.

In 2010 when Villar ran for president, among those considered as his runningmate was Binay. As it turned out, Villar picked Sen. Loren Legarda as his runningmate, while Binay eventually became the vice presidential candidate of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

SENATORIAL BETS

While Binay neither confirmed nor denied that Villar was the “businessman” he was referring to, he named Sen. Tito Sotto, Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, and Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian as among those who will comprise his senatorial line-up. In his senatorial wish list are Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Sen. Ralph Recto, husband of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, who is another possible runningmate of Binay.

DIVIDED NP?

Meanwhile, Remulla vowed to support Binay’s presidential bid, saying he is the “most qualified” to become president in 2016.

He expressed his support for Binay despite the pronouncements of his NP partymates – Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV – that they may seek higher office in 2016.

Cayetano and Trillanes are also leading the probe into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II project.

But Remulla said he is convinced that the probe led by his partymates is “politically motivated.”

Remulla said he sees no conflict of interest with him working for Binay despite being a member of the NP, noting that the vice president has yet to launch his political party.

NP-UNA ALLIANCE?

“Who knows the NP and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will form an alliance for 2016? But that is just a speculation,” Remulla said.

“I am happy for Gov. Jonvic Remulla because I know that he is very talented and articulate individual. I wish him well,” Cayetano said in an interview after a Senate committee hearing.

“However, the situation does not call for more spokesmen; the situation calls for the vice president answering the issues directly,” Cayetano said.

As far as Cayetano is concerned, the vice president’s children have already acted as his spokesmen.

UNA Secretary General Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco welcomed Remulla’s presence in the Binay camp noting how he has been hard up lately in speaking for the vice president.

“Mag-isa lang ako (pero) sampu-sampu ang sumusuntok sa akin (I’m alone and yet a lot are throwing their punches),” Tiangco said in a jest. (With a report from Hannah L. Torregoza)

  • jangke

    juskopo!

  • CORRUPT PINOY POLITICIANS

    binay – Villar in 2016.
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    MY TWO SENSE:
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    NO TO binay in 2016 means NO TO binay dynasty in 2016. This is what you will experience and see IF you elect jejomar binay in 2016.
    .
    president jejomar binay
    president nancy binay
    president jun jun binay
    president abi binay
    .
    Vote Miriam Defensor for President and Villar for Vice President in 2016.

  • Atagalong

    If ever anti-dynasty law is passed before 2016 election and if father Binay is gung ho in running for the presidency, his children must have to resign from their government positions.But if Jinggoy Estrada is out of the picture and Villar becomes his running mate, plus all those possible senatorial line up, it boils down again as the continuous stranglehold by the people of Luzon, especially by those who are concentrated in Metro Manila. The talked about how to reform election, but people from Luzon just go down to the Visayas or Mindanao and register there, so they can run for high positions in government, With their money election is almost a done deal.Why can’t they reform or change the election law and make it a requirement that at least, one who register to vote and run for say, district representative or a senator, must have one year of schooling, either in the primary, elementary or high school in the district he/she is a candidate for the position. Why, 60+ years ago, a wife was a governor of one of the provinces of Luzon and her husband was a senator from Davao. They must reinstate the system of total representation of the senate, the equalizer, to 8 each of the 3 geographical regions: 8 from Luzon, 8 from the Visayas and 8 from Mindanao. Stop treating the southern people as second class citizens!

  • CyberPinoy

    Miriam Santiago – President
    Rodrigo Duterte – Vice President

    I will vote for them if they run in 2016.

    May tulog ka Binay !

  • CORRUPT PINOY POLITICIANS

    Villar does not have to run for vice president as the running mate of jejomar binay. He can do it on his own without the binay dynasty. He can just end up being dragged into the corruption against the binay dynasty. Villar is so much better of without the binays. He does not need the binays. He is a stronger candidate without jejomar binay. Villar is a man of his own . . . . Vote VILLAR in 2016. . . . NO TO jejomar binay in 2016.

  • CORRUPT PINOY POLITICIANS

    binay – Villar in 2016.
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    MY TWO SENSE:
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    NO TO binay in 2016. Vote Villar in 2016.
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    My fellow countrymen and women, do you really want to put up with the ARROGANCE, SARCASM, and KAYABANGAN of the binay dynasty come 2016?
    .
    This is what will happen and what we will have to put up with if you elect jejomar binay in 2016. READ ON!
    .
    president jejomar binay is to
    president nancy binay is to
    president jun jun binay is to
    president abi binay . . . .
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    NO TO jejomar binay in s016. We DO NOT WANT four binay presidents in 2016.
    .

    If You Love Your Country, For The Sake Of Our Children And Theirs, For The Continued Progress and Prosperity Of Our Great Nation, For Our Future – Yours And Mine . . . . . NO TO jejomar binay in 2016, NO TO binay dynasty in 2016 . . . . .
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    jejomar binay and his dynasty can deny all they want but facts are facts, the evidence is overwhelming and proof and witnesses are strong . . . the Makati Building parking is way overpriced and former mayor jejomar binay is very much involved. jejomar binay pocketed hundreds of millions of tax payers money from the people of makati.
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    Be Smart, Pray For Our Nation And The Future Of Our Country And People . . .
    NO TO jejomar binay in 2016. . . GOD Bless The Philippines, GOD Bless Our Chidren And Our Future . . . NO TO jejomar binay in 2016.

  • Gisingbayanko

    It’s simply an exercise in futility to divert the public attention from Nognog’s P2.7B parking building corruption issues. By the time 2016 elections come, they’ll probably be exchanging partners again. Remember, N2 will use every available distraction. Don’t fall for it.

  • Ohmrey

    Pnoy for 2nd TERM!

    • janderv smiley

      yes, pnoy is still the best president. I am for his second term!