Binay unfazed by Pacquiao presidential ambition


Vice President Jejomar Binay: Unfazed. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay, the only politician to have declared his intention to run for President in 2016, said there is no need to worry about a Pacquiao presidential run just yet.

“He is still underage. You have to take it to mean that in the future, he looks forward to it but not as immediately as 2016,” Binay said.

“Those who are already reacting, they took it literally. That’s why there are people telling [Pacquiao] to be this or that first, to wait first. But it’s really impossible because of the age requirement,” Binay told reporters on Tuesday.

“If ever, it would be 2022 or 2028,” he said of a prospective presidential run by Pacquiao, who recently signed up as a member of Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

If he wins in 2016, Binay noted that “my term would end by 2022. Imagine, add six years to that, that’s 2028. So his (Pacquiao’s) timing is just right.”

Binay even joked that he might not live to see the day when Pacquiao ascends to the presidency.

“I might already be six feet below the ground by that time,” he said.


No ‘concrete plans’ for presidency–Pacquiao

Pacquiao dreams of presidency

Palace dreams? Try Senate first, Pacquiao told

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos