Former president and now Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada will not be supporting Senator Grace Poe if she runs for President in 2016.
“If Grace Poe runs as the administration candidate, I cannot support her. I belong to the opposition,” Estrada said in a statement.
Poe is the daughter of Estrada’s best friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr.
President Benigno Aquino of the Liberal Paty is reportedly luring Poe to lead the administration party. Poe ran for senator as an independent candidate under the LP coalition in 2013.
The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is fielding Vice President Jejomar Binay despite the tsunami of graft and corruption charges levelled against him and his family.
Estrada said he will support Binay because he is duty-bound to support the opposition candidate. Estrada’s Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) is among parties under the UNA coalition.
Some quarters say Poe should be running instead for vice president or just finish her six-year senatorial term and then run for president in 2019.
The day’s hot opic is Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte running for President with Poe her running mate.
The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban said it is pushing a Duterte-Poe tandem.
In the latest survey for presidential preference by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, Duterte landed third behind front runner Binay and second-runner Poe.
His close aides said Duterte would make an announcement next month after the release of results of the June survey of Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.
The forthcoming presidential election of 2016 could be tragic to leading contenders who could self-destruct and fall by the wayside before the starting gun is fire.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay are the top choices of the major parties for the presidential derby.
Both are saddled with baggages that may lead their parties to ditch them for other candidates as standard bearer.
Binay is facing the most stormy weather of his political career facing a tsunami of corruption charges and investigation in the Senate, Ombudsman, the Commission on Audit and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC).
As the investigations picture Binay as a corrupt politician, his survey ratings, where he was a consistent front-runner before bombs exploded on his face, is crashing towards the bottom.
Binay is the presumptive candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
Roxas has a problem in reverse of Binay’s as far as the ratings game go.
He is a candidate already sentenced to lose.
His rating has been hogging the bottom in all surveys beaten even by Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Roxas is being groomed as the standard bearer of the administration Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino.
If the LP ditches Roxas and UNA kicks out Binay, who will be running in the 2015 elections?
Vice President Jejomar Binay said it would be “risky” to place the country in the hands of Senator Grace Poe who has no experience and competence to run the country.
Reacting, Poe challenged Binay to instead answer corruption allegations against him.
It’s not the length of service that is the standard but the quality of service and honesty, said Poe who could possibly be the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 election. She is only midway through six-year term as Senator.
Binay is running for President under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). He counts more than twenty years in public including being Makati City mayor for years.
While Poe is clean, Binay is facing multi-billion-peso graft charges.
Poe said instead of talking about leadership and the 2016 election, Binay should be honestly responding to the various corruption allegations against him. Binay has persistently evaded invitations to attend hearings by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigating the allegations of corruption against the vice president and members of his family.
The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a freeze order on the bank accounts of Binay, his wife Elenita, son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and his alleged dummies.