The running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in Binay’s 2016 run for the presidency need not campaign for him and defend him from corruption issues, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said on Sunday.
Rep. Tobias Tiangco of Navotas City (Metro Manila), the president of Binay’s political party UNA, made the announcement over a radio interview at dzBB by assuring that the Vice President is ready to face all his accusers squarely, except at the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee.
“Of course, those who will run with the Vice President will be asked about these allegations. But I say to them, they have nothing to worry about. Vice President Binay can answer for these things, just not before the Senate. He won’t face the Senate but he can defend himself [elsewhere],” Tiangco said.
Binay, who declared his bid for President after he won the vice presidency in the 2010 elections, had his bank accounts ordered frozen by the Court of Appeals pending investigation of the allegedly overpriced P2-billion Makati City Hall Building 2.
His son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., has been ordered suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales pending probe of the reported rigged bidding for construction of the Makati City Science High School Building.
“So if you’re willing to be his vice presidential bet, you would only campaign for yourself,” Tiangco said.
Also on Sunday, he disclosed that the Vice President will not aim for the presidency next year without a running mate.
No. That [running without a vice presidential candidate]can’t be the case. It’s impossible. Definitely, we will find someone who will be in tandem with him [Binay],” Tiangco said in Filipino.
“The self-imposed deadline for that is September because the filing of candidacy is in October. The Search Committee is looking for possible ‘vice presidentiables. ‘ We are considering at least five…we are sending feelers. Not all of them are politicians. What is important is that this person believes that the Binay administration will work for the benefit of our people,” he added.
Prior to 2016, Binay never lost an election in his political career spanning almost three decades.
He had served as Makati City mayor for 18 years before rising to the vice presidency.