Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is confident that he would win in a two-way fight between him and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, whose anointment as the administration party’s standard-bearer for next year’s elections is set for Friday.
Malacañang on Thursday night confirmed that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will endorse Roxas in “a gathering of friends” at the Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila).
A media advisory sent to reporters said four people from different sectors will give their message, which will be followed by the “response of Aquino.”
“In the response, the President shall state his endorsement. After the response, DILG Sec. Roxas will deliver an acceptance message to the endorsement of the President,” the advisory added.
Binay, in a statement, said his confidence springs from results of pre-election surveys.
The Vice President had consistently led the surveys until he was overtaken beginning the second quarter by Sen. Grace Poe.
Roxas, whom Binay defeated in the 2010 vice presidential race, was hovering at 3rd behind Poe and Binay.
Victory would be his if the 2016 elections were “clean and honest,” Binay predicted at the sidelines of the General Assembly of Cavite Barangay Health Workes in Trece Martires City, Cavite.
Commenting on Roxas’ supposed endorsement on Friday, Binay said he is glad that the cards will now be laid open.
When asked if he could replicate his victory in 2010, the Vice President replied, “[I still have my] lucky punch.”
According to Sen. Francis Escudero, he will support Poe in the 2016 elections no matter what she decides.
“I will help and support Sen. Poe in whatever she may decide to do in like what I did for her late father, FPJ [Fernando Poe Jr.], in 2004,” he said in a text message.
Escudero served as spokesman for FPJ when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections.
“I maintain what I have repeatedly said before: I will support her in whatever capacity she may ask [as a supporter, candidate or mere voter]of me,” he said.
Poe and Escudero were dropping hints over the last few months that they are seriously considering running for President and VicePpresident, respectively, in 2016.
Some Liberal Party members, however, are calling on Poe to instead run as Roxas’ running mate.
FPJ’s daughter has repeatedly said she is yet to make up her mind.