A Jojo-Joseph tandem in 2016 is an idea that has tickled the fancy of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.
The presumptive opposition standard-bearer himself floated the possibility while speaking to reporters in Biliran province on Friday.
“Hindi na Erap-Binay, Binay-Erap na [It’s no longer Erap-Binay, it’s now Binay-Erap],” the Vice President said.
“Ang tawag doon, BEST. Alam mo ano ang ‘BEST’? Binay-Estrada [The tandem is called BEST. Do you know what’s BEST? It’s Binay-Estrada],” he replied when asked if there is a possibility that their 2010 tandem could be reprised.
Erap and Estrada refer to deposed President Joseph Estrada, now mayor of Manila, who was Binay’s running mate in the 2010 elections. Estrada was elected President in 1998 and was impeached in 2000 and subsequently forced out of power while his impeachment trial was ongoing in January 2001. He made a third run for the presidency in 2010 where he placed 2nd to then-senator Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Binay made the statement after reporters incessantly pressed him to comment on The Standard column of journalist Tony Lopez where it was reported that Estrada “had surprise lunch guests at his Polk Street, Greenhills residence” in San Juan City (Metro Manila).
It was there where Binay apparently made the initial declaration that he and Estrada were “the BEST” and that “BEST stands for Binay-Estrada.”
“Binay is desperate for a running mate. He offered the vice presidency to Sen. Grace Poe. She declined. She offered the vice presidency to [Davao City Mayor Rodrigo] Duterte. He declined. Poe and Duterte want to be President, not Vice President,” Lopez said as he analyzed what Binay purportedly declared.
When asked if Estrada has approved of their tandem, Binay said, “Sa tingin ko [I think so].”
“We have a search committee that is looking for somebody to serve as my running mate,” he added.