SOMEONE from the camp of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd is reportedly considering Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as Roxas’ possible running mate in 2016, a situation that could put the senator in a collision course with party mate Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th.
In a news conference on Friday, Cayetano said a common friend has asked him if he is interested in running with Roxas, the presumptive standard-bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s elections, after seeing his good ratings in the survey.
“We [Cayetano and Roxas] have common supporters. They saw that without Sen. Grace [Poe] as Vice President, I am number one. They [supporters]asked me if I am interested,” he added.
The senator was referring to a certain survey conducted by people in the business community showing him leading the vice presidential survey even surpassing Sen. Francis Escudero, who is reportedly planning to run for the same position.
Cayetano said that aside from having good survey ratings, he was also being considered by Roxas’ supporters because they believe that he could bring to the ticket experience and integrity.
“They told me that I’m not a Yes man and it would be a good balance to someone who will be endorsed by the President,” the senator added.
But Cayetano said he is yet to decide on his political plans for next year and is still weighing things.
As for the possibility of him and Trillanes vying for the same position in 2016, he added that it is improbable because the two of them have always been talking and have maintained good relationship.
Trillanes already expressed his intention to run for Vice President in 2016, and he will do it with or without the endorsement of the Nacionalista Party (NP).
“I’ve always been a party man and have a good relationship with NP senators. I have a firm belief that we will remain united and will support each other. As long as we three have an open mind and one direction, the party will remain solid,” Cayetano said.
He was referring to his other party mates–Trillanes and Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is reportedly running for President.