Malacañang is confident that the Liberal Party (LP) will fully support President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s choice of standard bearer in 2016.
In a press conference, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda dismissed claims that the ruling party is headed for a breakup over Aquino’s decision on LP’s presidential bet.
“As far as the LP Cabinet members I have spoken to are concerned, there is no concern as to a breakup. The President remains firmly on the top leadership — in control of the Liberal Party,” Lacierda told reporters.
He stressed that LP members “will respect, follow, and adhere to the decision of the President.”
“There are certain quarters outside of LP who would like to see the breakup of LP, naturally. But as far as the LP leaders are concerned, they are solidly behind the President and they will stand by the decision of the President, when the time comes, as to who he will endorse as the presidential standard bearer,” Lacierda added.
Aquino earlier said he will announce LP’s standard bearer in June. He recently met with Sen. Grace Poe to discuss upcoming elections.
In a radio interview last week, Aquino said Poe can continue his reforms when he steps down next year.
Po, who trails Vice President Jejomar Binay in surveys, is reportedly being tapped to be the running mate of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, the presumed LP’s standard bearer.
But House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora said a popular running mate will not boost the chances of a presidential bet, obviously referring to Roxas and Poe.
“Elections are won by candidates. You have to be strong by yourself. You should have specific positions, a track record. That’s the way to win an election,” Zamora, who served as the Executive Secretary of former Presidency of Joseph Estrada, said.
“You have to sell yourself. If you can’t sell yourself, then who are you selling then? You are selling a running mate? Of course not. You have to sell yourself,” he stressed.