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Trillanes: I can be second banana

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes he is good enough to be the country’s vice president.

In an interview with ANC, Trillanes, a second-termer senator, confirmed that he will be seeking for a higher post in the 2016 national elections.

He also made a pitch for Senator Allan Peter Cayetano who was reportedly planning to run for president in 2016. Both senators were under the Nacionalista Party (NP).

Senator Allan Cayetano is very capable to be President of this country,” he said.

Trillanes said his party-mates have yet to decide on who will be their standard bearer. But he said he would accede to whatever the decision of the party.

“You have to be ready for both because you’re not just saying that you’re preparing to run for Vice President because as Vice President you should ready to assume the Presidency,” he said.

“So our level of preparation is individual at this point meaning we are studying the different policies of government,” he added.

Trillanes said the NP has other “viable” candidates who could run in the 2016 presidential elections like Senator Bongbong Marcos and former Senator Manny Villar.

Trillanes also said NP is open to tying up with any party except the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

“We’re not closing our doors to any coalition with any party except probably the party of VP Binay because we are ideologically opposites,” he said.

Trillanes recently filed a resolution in the Senate seeking for an investigation into the alleged overpriced car park building during Binay’s term as Makati City mayor and other anomalies involving him.

The senator has summoned Binay to face the Senate hearing that will be conducted by the blue ribbon committee to be headed by Senator Koko Pimentel, whom Binay had a squabble when the Vice President picked former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to be included in UNA’s senatorial line up during the 2010 elections.

Binay said accusations against him were just part of a demolition job.

Trillanes, however, is determined to push through with the investigation saying “do you expect us to sweep this (allegations) under the rug.”

He added that Binay should not be afraid to face the Senate if he is innocent.

Nacionalista Party is the oldest political party in the Philippines. It is currently chaired by former Senator Manny Villar. Among its prominent members are senators Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos and daughter Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

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