Senator Gringo Honasan ended days of speculations when he showed up at the Commision on Elections on Monday to file his certificate of candidacy for vice president.
He will be the runningmate of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Reports that the senator would be Binay’s running mate started making rounds weeks ago.
On Friday, Honasan was a no-show in a Cebu City event where Binay, standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), hinted of a BinGo (Binay-Gringo) tandem.
Honasan will be running against Senators Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV, And Representative Leni Robredo.
Honasan was not mUNA’s first choice for vice president but he said this is not an issue for him.
“I don’t have the luxury of an ego. I’m a soldier and I will follow the party decision,” he said.
What is important, he added, is that he underwent a selection process and he is part of a party whose platform he believes in.
He admitted that he cannot say for sure how he can compete with his strong contenders in the vice presidential race but said the voters will judge him in May next year.
Honasan said their platform consists of addressing poverty and job security.
The BinGo tandem was a surprise for some as Honasan staged several coup d’etat attempts against former President Corazon Aquino, who appointed Binay as officer-in-charge of Makati City in 1986.
Honasan is closely identified with Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of Mrs. Aquino’s staunch allies and who is now supporting Marcos’ candidacy.
The senator, then a colonel, led at least eight coup attempts against the Aquino administration, one of which was at Camp Aguinaldo where 2,000 military personnel participated and 50 people were killed.
Binay, however, watered down these differences, and said his administration will be a “healing and unifying administration.”
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