LP chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III attends the Liberal Party (LP) Joint National Directorate and National Executive Council (NECO) Meeting at the LP Headquarters in Balay, Cubao, Quezon City on Wednesday (September 30). (MNS photo)

LP chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III attends the Liberal Party (LP) Joint National Directorate and National Executive Council (NECO) Meeting at the LP Headquarters in Balay, Cubao, Quezon City on Wednesday (September 30). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 1 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon ruled out on Thursday the possibility of a Roxas-Cayetano tandem in the 2016 elections.

Roxas is former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party’s (LP) standard-bearer, while Cayetano is Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, who earlier declared his vice presidential bid.

“Sa ngayon si Senator Alan ay mukhang ang kanyang napupusuan na ka-running mate – kung sakaling mang tumakbo – ay si Digong Duterte, na mayor ng Davao. So sa tingin ko ay medyo out of the picture na ang Roxas-Cayetano,” Drilon, vice chairman of LP, said when asked if there was an indication that a Roxas-Cayetano tandem would still push through.

(For now, Senator Alan seems to want – should he decide to run – Digong Duterte, Davao [City] mayor as his running mate. So I think “Roxas-Cayetano” is already out of the picture.)

He was referring to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly said that he would not join the 2016 presidential race.

Drilon earlier said that Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo was already their candidate for vice president but the latter said she has yet to decide on it.

Asked if the party had a plan B should they fail to convince Robredo, the Senate leader said: “Wala kaming plan B.”

(We have no plan B.)

Asked if they were already sure about Robredo, the Senate leader said, talks are still ongoing. (MNS)