Now he wants to become the vice president.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Thursday said he will no longer run for president in 2016.
Speaking during the weekly Kapihan sa Senado news forum, Trillanes admitted that his sights are trained on the vice presidency but he made it clear that this is his personal decision and not the Nacionalista Party’s.
The senator made the statement in reaction to the recent survey conducted by Pulse Asia showing him at eighth position in the list of presidential contenders.
Vice President Jejomar Binay remained on top despite the investigations held by the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee on his alleged involvement in questionable projects.
Sen. Grace Poe came second, with 14 percent while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte placed third.
“I’m not seeking the presidency so the numbers there (survey) are irrelevant. As for me I will continue to do my job,” Trillanes said.
He added that he will submit to his party’s decision. The NP will be holding preliminary discussions regarding 2016 next month but the group is expected to come up with its decision middle of this year.
Trillanes said the NP has three options—the party may field its own candidates for national positions, remain in the coalition with the Liberal Party (LP) or coalesce with other parties or adopt an independent candidate.
“Coalition with LP is effective although we expect that the situation will change come election period,” the senator told reporters.
However, Trillanes’ decision to run for vice president may bring conflict within the NP since there were reports that his partymate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, is also eyeing the sam e position.