SENATOR Gregorio Honasan 2nd doesn’t anymore see his nomination as Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate as a bad joke.
The EDSA hero turned rebel turned senator told reporters on Monday he is now open to such possibility.
Honasan said the Bi-Hon tandem—referring to Binay and Honasan—is now possible depending on the decision of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) where he sits as vice president.
“I will subordinate myself to the decision of the party which I’m helping organize,” he added.
Honasan said if UNA chooses him to be the candidate for Vice President, he would have no choice but to accept it.
Binay—the subject of a year-long corruption inquiry in the Senate—has been having a hard time looking for a running mate despite a good showing in pre-election surveys.
The Vice President has reportedly tried but failed to convince Sen. Grace Poe and Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto to be his running mate.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who has declared his bid for the vice presidency, confirmed having been offered the slot by Binay, but “political differences” got in the way.
Binay was a human rights lawyer during the Marcos regime.
The 67-year old Honasan said he is consulting his family regarding the possible vice presidential bid.
“If my family and my friends cannot be behind me 100 percent, I cannot be 100 percent behind anybody, including the Vice President and that’s not his decision to make,” he added.
Pacquiao to run for Senate
Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said Monday he plans to run for a post in the influential Philippine Senate despite a lackluster stint as a congressman.
“Yes, I’m going to run for [a]Senate post this coming 2016 election. But as to which party, that’s still to be determined,” he added.
The boxer popularly known as “PacMan” said President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s ruling Liberal Party had been courting him but added that he is also close to leaders of rival parties.
Pacquiao, 36, used his athletic renown to be elected as congressman of a poor district in Sarangani province in southern Philippines in 2010, despite his punishing training schedule and a foray as playing coach in the country’s competitive basketball league.
He has won eight world championships in different weight divisions but lost the richest fight in boxing history in a unanimous decision to his American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas in May.
While still retaining his popularity among sports fans, Pacquiao has been harshly criticized for his performance in the House of Representatives where he has been listed among the legislators with the most absences.
As a congressman, he was elected by the voters of his district but in the Philippines, senators are elected nationally, posing a larger challenge.
The reaction in social media to Pacquiao’s plans for the Senate was largely negative.
“Pacman, you’re my idol. But in the boxing ring. Not in Congress. Sorry,” one fan posted on Twitter.
“Pacquiao, you can’t even go to sessions in Congress. Now you want to go to Senate? What are you going to do there?” said another.