MANILA, May 16 (Mabuhay) The success of the current administration’s 2016 presidential bet will also depend on the success of President Benigno Aquino, Liberal Party leader and Budget Secretary Butch Abad on Wednesday said.
“We will make sure that the President becomes hugely successful to a point that whoever it is he anoints as his successor will have an excellent chance of succeeding,¡± Abad told ANC’s “Business Nightly.”
Abad also acknowledged that victories in the Senate and local races in the 2013 midterm polls will help strengthen the President and whoever he will anoint as his successor.
“I think the victory of Team PNoy, which is projected to be 9-3 in the Senate race, as well as victories in the many congressional and local races make the President even more politically potent coming into the final 3 years of his term,” he said.
The Liberal Party may field Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas for 2016, but Roxas has not openly expressed his intention to run for the highest position in the country.
Roxas was initially LP’s 2010 presidential bet, but he gave way for Aquino and instead ran for vice president.
He lost in his bid against rival Jejomar Binay.
According to Abad, Roxas himself suggested that the party should instead concentrate on helping the President succeed during his term than groom a particular candidate.
Abad said Roxas believes this strategy is better for the party and is “less distracting.”
Abad also said stakeholders, including the business sector, will also play a key role in determining the success of Aquino¡¯s successor.
“I don’t think that the business community would want to see a reversal of what is happening now. I think there are many stakeholders in the society right now who would like to see what the President is doing continue well beyond 2016 because everyone is benefiting from it,” he said. (MNS)