Roxas still LP’s choice as standard-bearer in May 2016 — Drilon
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is still the Liberal Party’s choice to be its standard-bearer in the May 2016 elections, Senate President Franklin Drilon said.
In a televised interview, Drilon, who is vice chairman of the Liberal Party, made the announcement Tuesday, debunking reports the LP is considering “adopting” Vice President Jejomar Binay as its presidential candidate.
“If (former) Senator Mar (Roxas) finally makes his decision, yes. The party will support him,” Drilon said over ANC Headstart.
He said there have been no discussions about adopting Binay for the upcoming national elections.
“All I can say is that the spin masters are having their day. There is no such thing. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Liberal Party and there has been no discussion on that,” he said.
“At the end of the day, the party will be influenced in its decision, by the decision of President (Benigno) Noynoy (Aquino). The President being the chairman of our Party, would have a great say as to who the standard-bearer would be, as to where the party is going, and at this point there is no such talk,” he stressed.
He also denied the LP is contemplating having a front-runner who is not a member of the LP even if they run under an LP-led ticket in 2010.
“They are not members, they ran under the LP-led ticket. I was the campaign manager and I worked hard for that, but they are not members. Is the LP open? You know that that is not being discussed at the moment, but it is still difficult to say yes or no,” the Senate leader said.
But Drilon assured the LP is preparing a standard-bearer for 2016.
“We are. Please wait. We are preparing,” he said.