'BINGO': Binay confident with Honasan as running mate

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Vice President Jejomar Binay said he is confident with Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan to be his running mate.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay said Sen. Gringo Honasan is very qualified to be the Vice President of the country.

"UNA na bingo pa. Binay-Gringo… Sinasabi ko lang ang ibig sabihin ng bingo ay panalo," Binay said lightheartedly on Wednesday (October) 7 in an interview.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) offered Honasan the position to run as Binay's vice president in the 2016 elections on Tuesday. Honasan, however, has yet to decide on the offer.

Binay said Honasan is a good friend, who also took part in the 1986 EDSA revolution against the Marcos dictatorship.

"He is very qualified. Kasama sa struggle. Yung EDSA talagang di n'yo ma-dedeny yung participation ni Senator Honasan doon. He is a good friend and a good organizer," said Binay.

Ironically, UNA considered Honasan after talks with Sen. Bongbong Marcos fell through.

Binay refused to give further details on why this happened and only cited political constraints, as what Marcos said.

"Secret na yun. Basta kami nag-usap. Kami ho ay nagusap ni Bongbong, ng mga intermediaries. Dalawang beses lang kami nagusap ni Bongbong."

No hard feelings between Binay and Marcos

Binay told reporters that he and Marcos met in a movie screening on Sunday, where the senator told him that he will push through with his plan to run for the vice presidency.

He also asked the media not to make a fuss about his plan to run with Marcos which did not push through.

"Sabihin nalang natin there were political constraints. Wag na natin palakihin yun, tapos na yun. It's water under the bridge. Nagkamayan pa kami," said Binay.

Despite what happened, Binay insisted that he and Marcos remain friends.