Malacañang on Thursday shrugged off the political plan of Senate Majority Leader Allan Peter Cayetano for the 2016 presidential elections.
“This is not part of the administration’s current work program,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told reporters in a press conference.
On Wednesday, Cayetano revealed his plan of running for the presidency in 2016, stressing that he is not just interested in contesting the highest post, he intends to win it.
The senator, a member of the Nacionalista Party, even hinted at plans for an advertising campaign to boost his stock.
Coloma said that “declaration of candidacy is the prerogative of those qualified to seek public office.”
However, he stressed that the remaining days of the Aquino administration would be spent on the implementation of programs for economic development and social reform.
“With 848 days remaining until the end of the President’s term on 30 June 2016, the administration is intensely focused on implementing the vital reform programs underpinning the Philippine Development Plan,” he said.
“Wala po sa prayoridad ng administrasyon iyang mga usaping iyan [That’s not the priority of our administration],” Coloma added
Meanwhile, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that the President has yet to choose the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016
“It’s a decision that the President has to make who his successor will be or who his handpicked choice will be,” he said.
“It’s too far off and I don’t want to preempt the President. Whatever decision he makes, we will support, and we will wait for his decision, and wait for his announcement. Again, we still have 849 days left in office,” he added.