Gregorio Honasan is yet to announce his acceptance of an offer to be the running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay but the opposition standard-bearer on Friday jumped the gun by announcing their team-up for next year’s elections.
“Lalong lumalakas, lalong tumatapang, UNA na, Bin-Go pa [We’re becoming stronger and fiercer. It’s not just UNA, it’s also Bin-Go],” he said as he referred to the monicker that stands for Binay and Gringo, the senator’s nickname.
UNA (United Nationalist Alliance) secretary-general JV Bautista said they will disprove claims that the Visayas is the bailiwick of the Liberal Party (LP) as its standard-bearer, Manuel Roxas 2nd, hails from Roxas City.
“We will prove that the Visayas is not an LP country as the administration claims. UNA will give them a good fight in the Visayas,” he added in a statement.
The Vice President was in Cebu to launch the UNA in the Visayas.
There, UNA is allied locally with the One Cebu party of the Garcias led by former Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia and her daughter, Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.
Also present at the event were former Cebu City Mayor Alvin Garcia, who is running for congressman, and former senator and now Toledo City Mayor John Osmeña, who is running for reelection.
The LP in Cebu, meanwhile, is led by Gov. Hilario Davide 3rd and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, sister of Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras.
Honasan, the UNA vice president in charge of grassroots development and networking, did not attend the event.
The senator earlier said he was open to the idea of running for Vice President if the party says so.
UNA president and Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco had announced that the party is offering the slot to Honasan after talks with Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. collapsed.
“In the first place, he never committed to show up in Cebu, so I don’t know why they were expecting him there,” Tiangco told GMA News Online.
“He has not come back to me yet. I cannot speak for Senator Greg [Honasan’s nickname] and I don’t want to speculate,” he said.
Malacañang on Friday described the expected Binay-Honasan tandem as “very apt” but refused to make further comment on the team-up of the UNA bets until it is formalized.
“[It is] very apt. We heard the Vice President mention Bin-Go but he did not make a formal announcement. So, maybe it was just a taste of what we should expect,so we will not comment on that until Vice President Binay names his running mate,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said.