PDP-Laban won't back Binay in 2016 polls

VICE President Jejomar Binay's former party, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), will not be supporting him in the 2016 presidential elections, an official said Monday.

The party is eyeing to field Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as its standard bearer, but if he decides not to join the race, PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said they will have to look for another candidate.

"(But) Vice President Binay is not on that list,” Pimentel said.

“If we will look for a candidate that we will support, it should be on the basis of shared beliefs and not because he is winnable,” he added.

Binay left the party last year over disagreement with Pimentel on the inclusion of former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri in the senatorial ticket of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, a coalition between PDP-Laban and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, in the 2013 polls.

Pimentel protested Zubiri's victory in the 2007 midterm elections.

Pimentel is also the chairman of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the corruption allegations against Binay.

In the subpanel’s draft report, Pimentel recommended the filing of plunder charges against the Vice President and several others in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

The Vice President has been accused of benefiting from several projects in Makati when he was mayor.

He has also been accused of owning a 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas and some condominium units in Makati.

The camp of Binay, however, denied such allegations. (Sunnex)
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