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Not for Binay to decide for me—Honasan

SENATOR Gringo Honasan said Monday it is not for Vice President Jejomar Binay to decide if he, Honasan, will be his running mate in next year’s elections but his family and friends.

It was earlier reported that Honasan, who is vice president of the United Nationalist Alliance, will be the vice presidential running mate of Binay, who will be running for President in 2016.

Binay is running under the banner of UNA, a coalition of his PDP-Laban and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

But Honasan said he must first consult his family if he would be running for vice president.

“Yes, they are my primary audience,” he said.

“If my family and my firends cannot be behind me 100 percent, I cannot be 100 percent behind anybody, including the vice president [Binay]. That’s not his decision to make.”

Asked if he was ready to run for a higher office, Honasan replied: “I will wait for the party’s decision. Whether I’m ready or not is immaterial.”

In an earlier interview, Honasan, who has been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, said he was not interested in running for vice president.

But at the initial stage of the interview Honasan acknowledged the possibility of a Binay-Honasan tandem.

“l will subordinate myself to the decision of the party that I’m helping to organize,” said Honasan whose term will end in 2019.

“It’s possible but  it will be  a party decision because this is an opportunity to articulate platforms and programs and raise the level of discourse during the coming elections.”

Honasan could not say when his party would make a decision on the matter, although he knows the  filing of certificates of candidacy will start on Oct. 12.

But in the event he runs with Binay, he will be the fourth Bicolano joining the vice presidential run.

The other candidates who trace their roots to Bicol are Senators Francis Escudero, Antonio Trillanes IV and Camarines Sur Rep.  Leni Robredo.

Escudero was the first to officially declare that he is running for vice president in partnership with Senator Grace Poe. Both are running as independent candidates.

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