‘BEST’ tandem? Binay eyes Erap Estrada as running mate
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday raised the possibility of running again with former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada but this time, the latter would be his running mate in 2016.
Estrada and Binay ran together in 2010 but the former president lost to President Benigno Aquino III while Binay won against Aquino’s running mate, now Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.
“Hindi na Erap-Binay, Binay-Erap na. ‘Yun, ang tawag doon “BEST”. Alam mo anong “BEST”? BINAY-ESTRADA,” said Binay of the portmanteau in an interview in Biliran this Friday, a copy of the transcript was furnished to reporters by his office.
(It’s not Erap-Binay, but it’s going to be Binay-Erap. It’s called “BEST.” You know what is BEST? It’s Binay-Estrada.)
The Vice President confirmed that he and Estrada met last May 31 but said they did not talk about the possible team up in 2016.
But when asked if Estrada was among those being considered as his running mate next year, Binay said, “Oo. We have a search committee na talagang naghahanap ng magiging katambal ko.”
(Yes. We have a search committee that is particularly looking for my running mate)
And the Vice President thinks Estrada was okay with the idea of running with him.
Reminded about Estrada’s earlier statement that he would be torn between the Vice President and Senator Grace Poe, should the latter decide to join the 2016 presidential race, Binay said, “Luma na ‘yang sinasabi mo. Ang sinabi ni President Erap, ‘pagka siya ay kuwan, ‘pagka si…’di bale na.”
“Ang talagang sinabi niya kami ay magkakasama sa eleksyon sa 2016 (What he really said was we would be together in the 2016 elections),” he further said. IDL
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