By Mario Casayuran
The scions of the heads of two political parties in the Philippines gird for the mid-term May 2019 elections by scheduling coalition talks in the next few weeks.
They are reelectionists senators Juan Edgardo M. Angara and Nancy Binay.
Angara is the son of the late Senate President Edgardo J. Angara, then head of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), while Binay is the daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay who founded the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). The LDP was founded in 1988.
The elder Binay was poised to join the Makati congressional race.
Young Angara is president of LDP while Nancy is the head of the UNA. The latter already filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Friday.
Angara said he and Nancy have common advocacies for the welfare of Filipinos, from the youth, education, taxation to tourism.
The parties of their parents have become of victims of attrition after their departure from the national scene, leaving their organizations emaciated, membership-wise.
Thus, the possible alliance of the Angara and Binay parties.
Like Binay, Angara said his party would endorse the bids of or adopt other senatorial candidates.
In a radio interview yesterday, Binay said she would endorse the bids of her seatmates at the Senate session hall.
They are senators Angara, Joseph Victor ‘’JV’’ Ejercito, Cynthia A. Villar and Grace Poe.
Unlike the 2013 senatorial race, Binay characterized the coming senatorial race as ‘tight’’ as there are former senators seeking a fresh mandate – Sergio Osmeña, Jose ‘’Jinggoy’’ Estrada and Manuel Lapid.
In a recent Pulse Asia Survey, Binay is in the top ‘’5.’’
There is a maximum of 12 winners in the coming polls.
To win, Binay said a candidate has ‘’to run scared’’ to have a focus on winning because there is an effort to be seen by voters.
In a related development, Binay is being wrenched by the brewing feud between her sister, Makati Mayor Abby Binay, and brother, former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
Both want to run for mayor in Makati, the country’s premier city. They have not yet filed their COCs for the Makati mayoralty seat.
Asked whom she wants to support, Binay said she opted not to comment lest she would only stoke the fire to an otherwise sensitive matter.
Nevertheless, Binay said she expects that the Binay family would sit down this weekend and try to resolve the issue.
Both former Vice President Binay and his wife, former Makati Mayor Dr. Elenita Binay, were scheduled to have arrived from abroad late yesterday.
She said she hopes her siblings would not fight each other in the Makati political arena, lest a political dark horse might just steal the thunder from the Binay family.
The Binay men are facing criminal charges arising from alleged multimillion-peso corruption cases in Makati during their tenures.