Will it be Nay-Vi in 2016?
Manila, Philippines – “Nay-Vi” for 2016?
As speculations about their 2016 team-up continue to spread, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay will be in Batangas province this Valentine’s Day to meet with his rumored “running mate,” Governor Vilma Santos-Recto.
So is Binay really courting the “Star for All Seasons” to be his vice presidential running mate when he runs for president in 2016?
Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said no, explaining the meeting is only about the government’s housing programs, the Vice President being the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
Aside from Santos, Binay is also scheduled to meet with mayors of Balete, Mabini, Cuenca, Balayan and Batangas City.
The dialog will be held at 1 p.m. in the Batangas Provincial Capitol.
Salgado said the Batangas visit is part of Binay’s schedule to go around the country to discuss the national government’s housing programs with local government units.
Binay, whose father the late Diego Medrano Binay hailed from Batangas, has not been shy about his plans to seek the presidency in 2016.
But he has been tight-lipped about his preference for a running mate, noting he would create enemies this early if he would already name his prospect.
Binay would always say his focus for now is on his responsibilities as housing czar and President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ Concerns.
Santos, who is on her last term as Batangas governor, earlier reportedly confirmed that he has indeed had talks with Binay but only for a government project.
Santos, wife of Senator Ralph Recto, is a member of the ruling Liberal Party.
Binay is the head of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan which is in a coalition with former President Joseph Estrada’s Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino.