MANILA -- The Nacionalista Party (NP) is open to the possibility of backing Senator Grace Poe should the latter decide to seek the presidency or vice presidency in 2016.
Senator Cynthia Villar made the statement on Tuesday in light of reports that the Liberal Party is wooing Poe, who has high survey ratings, to run under the administration ticket.
NP also has potential candidates for higher posts but none of them are as popular as Poe.
They are Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, who already expressed his intention to run for vice president in next year's polls.
Villar advised the three to carefully weigh their options.
“It’s a big decision to make. I believe, they should be given time to think about it. If I were them, I will really think about it very hard. I understand that, we are not in a hurry. Anyway, we have time,” she added.
When asked if her husband will seek a second Palace run, Villar said: “He (My husband) is in business. But of course, he is entitled to change his mind."
The former senator placed third in the 2010 presidential race won by then Senator Benigno Aquino III.
On the heels of reports that some LP members prefer Poe to be the standard bearer, Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II's partymates in the House of Representatives said the Cabinet official only has his eyes on the presidency.
Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone dismissed the possibility of Roxas sliding down again to the vice presidential post just like what he did in 2010 when he gave way to Aquino, a widely popular figure at the time.
Evardone said Roxas’s political foes are the ones spreading rumors as part of their alleged plan to portray the Cabinet secretary as a “weak” candidate.
Unlike survey frontrunner Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is facing various corruption allegations, Roxas has the competence, track record and clean image, Evardone said.
Samar Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento responded to Binay’s statement that it is dangerous for the country to have an inexperienced leader.
Aside from experience, Sarmiento said the country’s next president should also have integrity and competence.
“To quote the late Jessie Robredo: 'May magaling pero hindi naman matino, may matino pero di naman magaling.' The next President should be matino at magaling,” said the LP official. (Sunnex)