Aquino, Poe: No Binay anointment or teamup in 2016

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Senator Grace Poe (left) said she sees no teamup with Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) next year. President Aquino (right) echoed similar sentiments, saying Binay belonged to a different political party.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It seems presidential aspirant Vice President Jejomar Binay had a bad day on the eve of Independence Day celebrations — in terms of getting the support of two of the country's arguably most influential endorsers for the 2016 elections: President Benigno Aquino III and Senator Grace Poe.

Aquino, who was in Iloilo on Thursday (June 11) to inspect and unveil a number of infrastructure projects, effectively doused any hope of Binay's that he can get the president's anointment next year.

The President, who belongs to the Liberal Party (LP), said how can he endorse Binay who belonged to a different political party — and an opposition group at that.

"Dahil sa ginawa nyang pagtakbo ng 2010 o 2013, iba naman talagang partido at ibang grupo ang sinamahan nya," Aquino said.

[In the 2010 and 2013 elections, he belonged to and supported other political parties.]

Binay ran for the vice presidency in 2010 under PDP-Laban. In the 2013 mid-term elections, Binay's group coalesced with the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) to form the now opposition, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

The chief executive made the comment after Binay said a day before that he has not given up hope that Aquino would anoint him — not Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II — as presidential bet next year.

Aquino, however, promised Binay and all the other presidential hopefuls that he will ensure credible elections in 2016.

For her part, Poe said it was unlikely that she will team up with Binay — saying that one needed to have full confidence in a teammate.

Poe, who was a guest of honor at the Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards  also on Thursday, cited again the fact that she was dropped out of the UNA senatorial slate in 2013.

When asked a hypothetical question on whether or not she would pardon Binay should he be convicted for plunder, and if and when she became president, Poe said no.

"You know the president should echo the sentiments of the public... Any president in office after this president who pardons them will lose his or her legitimacy."

Meanwhile, Binay said he respected Aquino's stand of not endorsing him next year.

Binay was attending Makati's foundation day when he said he was harboring no ill feelings towards the President's statement in Iloilo, but added that hope springs eternal at that Aquino might change his mind at the eleventh hour.

The former Makati mayor said he remained hopeful that the President would take into account his family's close friendship with the Aquinos since the 1986 EDSA Revolution.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario, Anna Estanislao and Rex Remitio contributed to this report.