DESPITE being demonized before the public by his most ardent critics, Vice President Jejomar Binay remains the top favorite of many potential senatorial candidates from other political affiliations who all want to run under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in 2016.
In an interview, Rep. Gus Tambunting of Parañaque City (Metro Manila) on Tuesday said at least 15 more senatorial bets expressed their willingness to join and run under UNA.
Tambunting noted that it was a clear proof that Binay continues to enjoy the trust of his fellow politicians despite the sustained smear campaign against him.
“From what I know, there are at least 15 senatorial bets who are not from UNA who want to join us. That is the shortlist. They are from various parties,” he said.
Binay’s popularity has taken a severe hit ever since the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee initiated a probe of the construction of Makati City Hall Building 2.
The inquiry eventually evolved into what Binay’s camp called an “inquiry in aid of political persecution, not in aid of legislation.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Edgar Erice of Caloocan City (Metro Manila) brushed aside comments of UNA’s interim president and Rep. Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco that he was a maligno (black monster).
Tiangco made the comments after Erice claimed that UNA is hatching Oplan Maligno to spare the Vice President from the corruption allegations and shift the issue to various problems hounding the Aquino administration.