VICE President Jejomay Binay is counting on loyal allies who ran under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to join the political party he is forming as he prepares for his presidential drive in 2016.
Binay on Sunday confirmed he has cut ties with Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) because of differences with some of its members.
Binay was national chairman of PDP-Laban, which is currently headed by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd.
He is expected to launch his party on June 12, Independence Day.
Asked who will make up his party, Binay said he wanted those who ran in the last elections under UNA to be members.
“Those who wanted to join especially those who heeded with the decision of our party to run under UNA (during the last elections),” Binay told a television interview on Sunday.
He singled out Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, who never left UNA but were elected in the last polls.
Navotas City Rep. Tobias Tiangco, UNA’s secretary general, said governors, mayors, lawmakers and private individuals want to join the Vice President’s group.
Binay said that despite forming his own party, he would remain in UNA, where he ran and won as vice president in the 2010 elections.
PDP-Laban coalesced with the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, paving the way for the creation of UNA, which contested the administration ticket in the last senatorial race.
He said that in the last elections, some of their members did not follow the party decision to be part of UNA and ran under the administration ticket.
Although he did not name names, but Pimentel ran as a candidate in the administration’s Team PNoy.
Binay said he has not decided on a running mate, but there are reports he is eyeing Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO