MANILA, Sept 21 (Mabuhay) -– Vice President Jejomar Binay has narrowed down his choices for running mate to three.
Binay said all of his choices are male, and two of them are Senators Ferdinand ”Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan.
”I’m considering three. There’s a priority 1, 2, and 3. Bongbong Marcos and Gringo Honasan are included in the 3,” he said.
The vice-president, however, refused to name the third person he is considering to become his running mate.
”I can’t say the third choice because other aspirants will get mad at me. They’re all men.”
Marcos has yet to declare his plans for 2016, but he confirmed that discussions are ongoing between his camp and Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Critics are wary of his possible bid for a higher office, noting that he has refused to apologize for the human rights violations committed during the presidency of his father, Ferdinand Marcos.
Binay has been criticized for considering Marcos to become his running mate, but the vice-president said he wants to become a “unifying” and “healing” leader.
Honasan, the interim vice president of UNA, is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, where he received the highest leadership award of “Class Baron.” The veteran senator also served as then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile’s chief of security under the Marcos regime.
Honasan played a key role in the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) movement, which withdrew support from the Marcos dictatorship and installed Corazon Aquino as president.
Binay was also among the key players in the February 1986 Revolution.
The vice-president earlier lamented Honasan’s inclusion in the third batch of cases filed by the Department of Justice in connection with the pork barrel scam.
The senator allegedly received P1.75 million in kickbacks from anomalous transactions with Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam. (MNS)