MANILA, Philippines – Would the 2016 elections have a Binay-Santiago tandem?
According to Vice President Jejomar Binay, feisty Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is among those he is considering to be his running mate in the upcoming elections.
“She is one of those being considered by our search committee,” GMA News quoted him as saying.
Shortly after he announced his candidacy, Binay formed a search committee to find a suitable vice presidential candidate.
However, the Vice President and his camp added they would have just to wait for the committee’s recommendation on Santiago.
“I would prefer that the next public statement on this matter would be the formal announcement of our vice presidential running mate,” said United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) president Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.
UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan agreed and mentioned that besides the Vice President being glad about Santiago’s improving health, it would be the search committee that will make the final announcement.
Santiago’s Supportive Hubby
Meanwhile, former Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez claimed the senator’s husband Jun Santiago was open to the prospect of his wife joining forces with Binay.
However, her bid for a national post would have to depend on her health, he added.
“Jun, who is a very good friend of mine, told me the decision to run for president or vice president would be subject to her cancer doctor’s clearance,” he said.
While Santiago has been given a clean bill of health, Suarez said she is still watching out for any side-effects from the new drugs she’s been given.
Santiago has the most number of followers online, with millions subscribing to her social media accounts.
Despite having to rest at home due to her anti-cancer therapy, Santiago still files her paperwork every week and is credited as the senator with the most number of bills and resolutions in the Senate.
Intelligent and outspoken, the popular Santiago earlier announced she would run for president in the 2016 elections once she definitively beats her cancer.