THERE will be no merger between the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th said on Sunday.
Trillanes dismissed claims of Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla that the two parties may coalesce in 2016.
The senator, a member of the NP, said he would block any move to merge with UNA.
“I’ve talked to the party leadership and no such thing will happen,” Trillanes said.
He and another NP member, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, have been actively pursuing the investigation of Binay on allegations that the Vice President benefited from the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2. The two senators are members of the Senate blue ribbon panel that is conducting the probe.
Binay has denied the allegations and had rejected the invitation of the blue ribbon sub-committee for him to attend hearings and defend himself.
It was Remulla, who raised the possibility of the merger between the NP of former Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar and Binay’s party.
Remulla, one of Binay’s spokesmen, said NP remains strong and intact even though two of its members are attacking the Vice President.
Trillanes said the decision to allow a merger rests with the party head.
“In case such merger happens, I believe Sen. Manny Villar will respect the decision of other members to go and join other parties in the same way that he is tolerating Gov. Jonvic, who is acting as if his role [as a Binay spokesman]was sanctioned by the NP,” he added.
Trillanes said the Nacionalista Party has decided to temporarily defer all talks regarding 2016 until next year in light of current developments.
The NP was originally set to hold a meeting before the end of the year to discuss its plans on the 2016 presidential elections.
“That’s the original intent but the developments are very dynamic so we may have to defer that decision until probably the middle of next year,” Trillanes said.
The NP has five members at the Senate—Senators Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Trillanes and Cayetano.
Cayetano is planning to run for president in 2016 while Trillanes is eyeing the vice presidency. Marcos will be ending his first term in the Senate and is likely to run for reelection.