Poe thumbs down tandem with Binay

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe has thumbed down the idea of running with Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 elections, citing their differences.

Binay’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, said recently that the Vice Pres­ident looks to a Binay-Poe tandem as “ideal.”


But Poe said that at least for now, she does not see herself being Binay’s run­ning mate.


“Sa istilo ng paninilbihan, marahil ay talagang mag­kaiba kami (We are really different when it comes to our style of service),” Poe, a close second to Binay in presidential preference sur­veys, told reporters.


“Naniniwala kasi ako na katapatan at pagiging bu­kas para mabusisi ng ating mga taumbayan ay napa­kahalaga sa iyong trabaho. May mga pagkakaiba kami ukol doon (I believe hon­esty and the openness to be scrutinized by the public are very important in your job. We have differences when it comes to that).”


In a recent interview, Poe rebuked Binay’s statement that the country cannot af­ford to have inexperienced leaders, saying honesty matters more.


She also said Binay should face and answer the corruption issues against him, including allegations of hidden wealth


Poe has not yet made a decision about 2016. But along with her rising sur­vey numbers, reports have been circulating of her be­ing paired off with different personalities, including In­terior Secretary Mar Roxas, Senator Francis Escudero, and former Senator Pan­filo Lacson.


(By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News)

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