• Binay waits for right time to launch party


    VICE President Jejomar Binay is just waiting for the right timing to launch his own political party.

    Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the vice president “doesn’t want politics to be a distraction” in launching his own party.

    The vice president earlier put off the June 12 launch of his political party due to the brouhaha in the alleged misuse of pork barrel fund by some lawmakers.

    Binay said that this was not a good time to talk about politics now that there was hearing and discussions on the pork barrel scam.

    Some of Binay’s allies, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada were accused of conniving with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to funnel their pork barrel fund into the latter’s bogus non government organizations (NGOs).

    Salgado said the vice president wants to get the bottom of the issue and find out the truth in pork scam.

    “What is more important to the vice president is the search for truth in the PDAF scam, Salgado told The Manila Times.

    United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general and Navotas Rep. Tobias ‘Toby’ Tiangco had said that Binay was set to launch his own political party on the 116th anniversary of Philippine independence on June 12.

    This after Binay left the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (LDP-Bayan) due to some problems in the party.

    Binay’s supposed new party will carry his presidential bid in the 2016 national elections.

    However, Binay assured that he will be launching his party within the year.

    He said the organization of the new party is already in place, but that the launch will have to be deferred to later in the year.

    “We will defer the launch because nowadays it is the time of Napoles and it is hard to be involved in such issue,” he added.

    Binay refused to say who would be joining him in the new party.

    Among the politicians who expressed interest to join Binay were Representatives Manny Pacquiao of Saranggani and Gwen Garcia of Cebu.

    Binay is president of the UNA, which comprises PDP-Laban and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.


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