• NP open to all 2016 partners except Binay

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    THE Nacionalista Party (NP) is open to all possibilities regarding the 2016 elections including adopting Sen. Grace Poe, in case she decides to run in 2016 if no one in the party would run for President, Sen. Cynthia Villar said on Friday.

    As of now, according to Villar, the NP is considering the tandem of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

    She, however, admitted that she finds teaming up with Vice President Jejomar Binay difficult, because two members of the NP dislike him.

    Villar was referring to Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th, who are members of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee investigating the Vice President for alleged corruption.

    But she said the NP has not made any decision regarding its election plans next year, adding that the party is still set to meet on July before President Benigno Aquino 3rd deliver his final State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA).

    Villar said at this point, the party has three aspiring candidates for higher office–Marcos, Cayetano and Trillanes.

    But of the three, she added, only Marcos and Cayetano are eyeing the presidential post and they are asking the party for more time for them to think about it.

    Villar, however, said if none of them would push through with their presidential bids, the party might opt to support Poe in case she runs.

    Poe is now the top choice for President of Filipinos based on results of the latest surveysconducted by Pulse Asia and Social Whether Stations.

    But she is yet to decide if she will run for a higher post in 2016 or just focus on her duties as senator.

    As for the existing partnership with the Liberal Party, Villar said the Nacionalista Party’s actions will depend on the decision of the LP.

    “If they [LP] will get one of our members as their candidate for Vice President, we might stay with them,” she added.

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