BINAY – ADMINISTRATION SUFFERS FROM “DEFICIT” OF CREDIBLE, WINNABLE BETS FOR 2010

BINAY – ADMINISTRATION SUFFERS FROM “DEFICIT” OF CREDIBLE, WINNABLE BETS FOR 2010

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said the Arroyo administration is suffering from a “deficit” of credible and winnable candidates for the 2010 presidential election.

And Mrs. Arroyo’s political advisers should focus on plugging this deficit “and leave opposition matters to the opposition,” he said.

“We do not envy Mrs. Arroyo. Her party is supposed to be the ruling party, and yet they cannot present a viable candidate,” he said, adding: “They suffer from another form of deficit – a deficit of credible and winnable candidates for 2010.”

“All the personalities aligned with Mrs. Arroyo are tail-enders in all credible surveys. It would take nothing less than a miracle for them to seize the lead from the opposition personalities,” he added.

In contrast, Binay said the opposition has a “deep bench” of possible presidential candidates, and Mrs. Arroyo’s party mates have admitted approaching some of them for coalition talks.

“The administration is so desperate that it has openly admitted that it is willing to enter into a coalition with parties who are not aligned with them,” he said.

“I think Malacanang and Mrs. Arroyo’s political advisers should do their homework first and leave opposition matters to the opposition,” he added.

Binay also said a Malacanang official’s statement that former president Joseph Estrada was splitting the ranks of the opposition is hypocritical, coming from the same party that was formed as a breakaway group from the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) in 1992.

“Perhaps the Malacanang official needs to be reminded that Lakas was formed after certain personalities refused to abide by the results of the LDP selection process,” he said.

The opposition leader said such statements are only vain attempts to draw attention away from the serious credibility problem plaguing the administration.

The Makati mayor said the probability of certain defeat in 2010 is fuelling efforts by Mrs. Arroyo to prolong her hold on power by other means. He noted that until now, Arroyo allies have not given up on amending the Constitution.

Mrs. Arroyo’s reported plan to seek a congressional seat in Pampanga is intended to install her as Speaker of the House or even prime minister should her allies succeed in shifting to a parliamentary form of government.

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