BINAY TO PALACE: PLUG SINKING SHIP FIRST, LEAVE OPPOSITION MATTERS TO OPPOSITION

PRESS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 4 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

Instead of making sarcastic comments on every development involving the opposition, Malacanang should concentrate on finding a winnable and credible presidential candidate and stopping the defection of erstwhile supporters of Mrs. Arroyo to the opposition camp, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said.

“Malacanang appears to be in self-denial, as it continues to project Mrs. Arroyo’s Lakas-KAMPI as a force to reckon with when in fact it is already a sinking ship,” he said.

“Mrs. Arroyo’s party does not have a credible and winnable presidential candidate, and its members are already defecting. These are the problems they should work on, instead of making sarcastic comments on developments in the opposition, and engaging in black propaganda against leading oppositionists,” he said.

Malacanang spokesmen had described the spiritual retreat of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as political “gimmickry.” Politics is also seen as the motive behind recent moves to implicate former President Joseph Estrada in the murder of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver.

Members of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CMD party had warned that unless their party decides on a standard bearer, more members will be moving to parties identified with the opposition.

Binay noted that while Mrs. Arroyo earlier said Vice President Noli de Castro “would make a good president,” he continues to be silent about his plans, while the other identified administration presidential bets are tail-enders in credible surveys.

Earlier, Binay said he is willing to mediate unity talks among presidential candidates, starting with Estrada and Aquino III of the Liberal Party (LP).

“The emergence of Sen. Noynoy Aquino as the probable presidential candidate of the Liberal Party could result in political realignments and a likely coalition within the ranks of the opposition parties,” he said.

Binay said he would most likely talk to Aquino after his weekend spiritual retreat.

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