MANILA (April 16, 2012) – Malacanang on Sunday said President
Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay would eventually
part ways come the 2016 elections, ruling out a coalition between
Mr. Aquino’s Liberal Party and Binay’s United Nationalist
But deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said she was
confident that Binay would remain supportive of the administration’s
reform agenda between now and the next presidential elections.
“There will be an inevitable parting of ways because they
[Mr. Aquino and Binay] belong to different political parties,”
“There will come a time they will be endorsing different
standard bearers of their respective parties. What is important
is [Binay’s] support to the reform agenda of the Aquino
Binay has been fortifying his party’s senatorial lineup
for the 2013 midterm polls. His PDP-Laban party recently coalesced
with former president Joseph Estrada’s Partido ng Masang
Pilipino to form the United Nationalist Alliance.
House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III said Estrada and
Binay’s move for the midterm polls was “very normal
“The [Liberal Party] is not threatened by the coalition,”
“It’s the right of political parties to form coalitions
if it is within their interest.”
Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya, the Liberal Party’s secretary
general, agreed with the idea.
“What is important with coalition-building is we get like-minded
parties and candidates on board who support the reform program
of the President,” Abaya said.
Binay’s party’s possible senatorial candidates are
Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay,
businessman Joey de Venecia III, and Senator Koko Pimentel.