UNA offering Gringo VP slot



Honasan asks for more time to think it over

Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan 2nd looms as the fourth lawmaker from Bicol who will throw his hat into the vice presidential race in next year’s elections.

This possibility came about after the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) selection committee announced that it has formally offered Honasan to be the running mate of its standard-bearer, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

”After consulting leaders of the party, the selection committee of the UNA hereby announces that it is formally offering to Sen. Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan the position of UNA vice presidential standard-bearer for the 2016 elections,” UNA president Tobias Tiangco said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Senator Honasan brings to the tandem his long years of service and experience as a soldier and a legislator. He has championed the rights of the urban poor and farmers, and promoted the welfare of the masses, government workers, and our men and women in uniform,” Tiangco added.

When asked for his reaction, Honasan said he felt honored but asked for more time to consult his family for the most important decision of his life.

”I have not formally received the letter but I would like to ask for more time to consult my family. I cannot separate my family and my country whenever I make major decisions like this,” he added.

The 67-year-old Honasan is a cashiered Army colonel turned lawmaker.

The vice president of UNA, he is in charge of building up the opposition party’s grassroots network.

He said the party has not imposed a deadline but he would have to make a decision before the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy on October 12.

Honasan on Monday expressed openness to the possibility of being the vice presidential candidate of Binay in 2016.

According to him,  he will let his party decide on the matter, saying he will have no choice but to accept it.

“I will subordinate myself to the decision of the party which I’m helping organize,” Honasan added.

“If my family and my friends cannot be behind me 100 percent, I cannot be 100 percent behind anybody, including the Vice President and that’s not his decision to make,” he said.

If ever Honasan decides to accept the UNA’s offer, he will become the fourth from Bicol to run for Vice President.

Earlier, Senators Francis Escudero from Sorsogon and Antonio Trillanes 4th from Albay and Camarines Sur congresswoman Leni Robredo declared their  intention to run for the second-highest position in the country.

Honasan traces his roots to Sorsogon.

Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano are also running for Vice President.

With PNA


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  1. “Bihon” will not go far; one will pull down the other! Both has to clear their names of alleged ‘corruption’ and ‘plunder’. Both are in the ‘twilight’ of their political lives. Time to quit!

  2. ronto caniada on

    No! No! Mr. Honasan, do not accept Binay’s running mate. You know for the fact that Binay’s in deep trouble.

  3. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    Ang tandem na “Bi-Hon” ay madaling mapanis na pancit. Kawawa naman si Binay. Walang gustong maging VP niya sa susunod na eleksiyon. Mabuti na lang at umayaw si Marcos dahil alam ng mga Ilokano na Solid North votes lang ang kailangan ni Binay sa kanya. Oportunista talaga at tuso si Binay kaya wala ng magtitiwala sa kanya. To all Ilokanos, Huwag kalimutan ang pang-alipusta ni Binay sa mga Marcos noong 70s. DO NOT VOTE FOR BINAY. Remember the commandment of GOD, “Do Not Steal”.

    • Masyadong desperado si Binay. Baka kunin niya si Pacquiao kung ayaw ni Honasan. For me, there’s no better tandem than Duterte and Marcos to run our country. Sila lang ang makatulong sa kaunlaran ng ating bayan.

    • Nognog is too bad for beautiful Philippines masisira lang ang kagandahan ng ating bansa , Binay for VP … no no .. man loloko ,at king of kurakot , pati pa ba naman Boys Scout oh my gosh walang puso at habag maawa ka naman sa mga bata ,,,,ganid talaga ,, swapang na matsing hayyy poor pinas kaya mabgal ang asenso ,sorry planet of apes ,