Binay willing to be Erap’s running mate

June 7, 2009 9:19 am 

MANILA, June 6 -– Makati City mayor and presidential hopeful Jejomar Binay is willing to be the running mate of former president Joseph Estrada if the opposition chooses the latter as its 2010 standard bearer.

”I’ll respect this decision and will be happy to run as his vice-president instead,” Binay said Saturday on the side of Kapihan sa Sulo forum.

He said his experience since 1986 as mayor of Makati City qualified him to seek the vice-presidential post – and even the presidency – as this enabled him to learn and practice good governance over the years.

Such governance made Makati City one of the country's richest local government units and a top provider of basic services, he said.

”Even during our provincial sorties, Mr. Estrada introduces me as among officials qualified to be president,” he said.

Binay is looking forward to being chosen as the opposition’s vice-presidential candidate if Estrada runs as the bloc’s 2010 presidential bet.

”Given what Mr. Estrada knows about my qualifications and experience as a public official, I trust he’ll choose me as his running mate,” he said.

He isn’t considering to seek a Senate seat if not picked as Estrada’s partner next year, however.

Binay said Estrada was planning to meet opposition members either this July or August to discuss who the bloc’s standard bearer would be.

”This will be the opportunity also to see who among them are truly with the opposition,” said Binay who committed to remain part of the bloc.

Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Mar Roxas are among public personalities who already expressed interest in seeking the nation's highest post.

This week, Senator Panfilo Lacson announced he won’t joint the 2010 presidential race anymore mainly due to financial constraints.

Binay said he still considered Lacson as part of the opposition, however.

He also urged people to continue supporting Lacson’s anti-corruption advocacy. (PNA)

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