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'Some LP bets expected to be junked'

CEBU City – Opposition United Nationalist Alliance candidate Nancy Binay on Monday predicted that some of the administration bets will be junked reminiscent of the 2010 polls, noting Noy-Bi forces to come into play and “my Ninong Frank (Drilon) will help me.” In a news conference, she said said the relationship between the Binays and the Aquinos and between the Binays and Drilons “transcends beyond politics” through the years. “Our families are very close. They are like a family to us,” Binay said. “May pinagsamahan po kasi ang pamilyang Aquino at Binay, na para sa amin eh it goes beyond politics. And we’ve tested this during 2010 that in spite of different parties, the relationship is still intact,” Binay said. In the case of Senator Franklin Drilon, Binay said the senator was her sponsor in her wedding, while Drilon’s late lawyer-wife Violy was her “Ninang” in baptism. “My ninang was like a sister to my father,” Binay said. “That’s the relationship of the Binay and Drilon families.” Binay attributed her moving up five notches from 9th to 4th place in the recent survey to the “help” from various forces mainly due to her father’s name, the Binays’ brand of service and the Vice President’s highest popularity rating. Told that UNA had been disowned by the Palace as allies, she insisted it did not come from the President. “That’s not coming from the President. Remember, the President said he and my father did not have an issue,” she said. Binay said for as long as the ruling Liberal Party would not name names to pin down those who pretended to be allies of the President, they would not assume that the President was referring to them. She said the President and the Vice President have “mutual understanding” that “national interest will prevail over party interests.” “My father is still part of the President’s official family,” she said. “For me, PNoy is not LP. PNoy is our President. PNoy is not just the president of Liberal Party, PNoy is the President of the Philippines.” The Noy-Bi camp, which was spearheaded by Senator Francis Escudero and the President’s sisters and family, was blamed for the defeat of the President’s running mate, Mar Roxas II. But Binay was quick to add that the Noy-Bi (Aquino-Binay) campaign did not start from the Binay side.  
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