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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Honasan denies tandem with Binay in 2016 polls

(UPDATED) SENATOR Gregorio Honasan said there is no truth to rumors that he will be Vice President Jejomar Binay's running mate in the 2016 elections.

Binay, who is running for president under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) coalition, said earlier that he is considering Honasan or Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to be his running mate in the polls.

Honasan said he is not aspiring to run for higher office but he promised to support Binay's campaign starting February.

(Video by Ruth Abbey Gita/Sunnex)

"I have not considered it (being the Vice President's running-mate), seriously," Honasan, vice president of UNA, told reporters.

"I am now the vice president of UNA so anything I do or say must add value to the presidential bid of the Vice President… I'll just help in his campaign," he added.

Asked to comment on the possible Binay-Marcos tandem, Honasan said, "Senator Bongbong as (the Vice President's) running-mate will project unity. Yes, perhaps, that would be a formidable team."

Marcos said earlier that he was still contemplating whether he would seek for higher post next year.

In the search of Binay's running mate in 2016, UNA's selection committee has narrowed the list down to three candidates.

Binay refused to reveal who made it in the initial list because "others are still hoping they are being considered."

He told radio station dzXL on Tuesday that he will publicly disclose his vice presidential choice in the coming days.

Binay dominated the past surveys but ranked third in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey as voter preference for Senator Grace Poe and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II increased.

Poe's ally described that latest SWS survey as "misleading" to voters.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, spokesperson of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), questioned the methodology used by the SWS, which showed Roxas trailing only by eight points behind Poe.

Gatchalian said that in the methodology used by the survey firm, respondents were asked to pick three choices for a one-on-one match.

"I guess, we have to keep on asking SWS what was the motive or why? Number two it is also worthy to point out that Senator Grace is already four points away from breaching the majority mark she's 47 (percent) so meaning she is four points away and its 51 already so harping out," said Gatchalian.

Latest figures show Roxas now at second place with 39 percent, an 18 percent jump from his 21 percent voter preference last June.

Poe remains at first place with 47 percent while Binay slides to third although his numbers remain unchanged at 35 percent.

Gatchalian said he was not criticizing the SWS but he wants more clarification on why the firm used the methodology.

Akbayan Party-list Representative Ibarry Gutierrez and Yacap Party-list Representative Carol Jane Lopez defended the SWS methodology, saying it was the same method used in the past four surveys.

"It may be a pick three but that has always been the methodology used by SWS the past 4 surveys think. So bottom line here is that Grace Poe has plateau, Binay going down, and Mar has the upward momentum," said Lopez.

The filing of COCs for the May 2016 elections is on October 12 to 16. (With CVB/Sunnex)


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