Cayetano eyes 2016 presidency: "I don't want to run. I want to win"

File photo from Cayetano's Facebook page
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has finally come clean about his plans for 2016.
In his boldest statement about his plans for the 2016 polls, Cayetano admitted that he even hired advertising veteran Greg Garcia and started polling in preparation for the election.
In an interview on Mornings@ANC, Cayetano categorically said he wants to be President of the Philippines and it's just a matter of timing.
“I am saying I want to be president of the country, to do great for God and country but is 2016 my time? 2022? 2028? Or never? I wanted to be mayor of Taguig but it never happened. I never thought my wife would be mayor. We’re polling. Why not.
"Sino bang pumasok sa pulitika, barangay captain, kagawad, counselor, mayor na ayaw sa isang araw maging presidente.
"I want to be president of this country. I think I can do something great for God and for our people...I don't want to run. I want to win."

If he runs for president in 2016, he will be going up against Vice-President Jejomar Binay who has already his plan to run in the next presidential election.

Other rumored candidates for the presidency include Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Cayetano reiterated that he will not run for vice president.

“I’d rather be senator or mayor than be vice president. People go to be vice president to [have] a stepping stone. Flat tire ka eh. Ano ba ang dinadasal ng VP? Ayoko sabihin dito. Ayoko ‘yun ang dasalin ko.”

On Thursday, United Nationalist Alliance secretary-general Toby Tiangco accused Cayetano of using the pork barrel scam to boost his own possible bid for higher office in 2016.

He said Cayetano is conditioning the minds of people when he said that there is fear that Binay would be lenient on his allies linked to the scam if he is elected president in the next election.

"Dati nung 2010 sino ba ang nagsabing tropang topak ang LP? Ngayon kasama na siya sa tropang topak. Wag niyo nang isama si Vice President Binay sa usapan. Kung gusto mong mamulitika dahil nag announce ka na ikaw ay tatakbong presidente, you campaign for yourself. Wag mo nang isama ibang tao."

Cayetano comes from a political family – he is the son of the late Senator Renato Cayetano, and is the younger brother of Pia, also a senator. His younger brother Ren was councilor of Muntinlupa, while Lino, his youngest brother, is the incumbent representative of the 2nd district of Taguig.

His wife is Taguig Mayor Laarni “Lani” Cayetano.

He first ran and won as senator in 2007, finishing 9th with 11.79 million votes. Before that, he was congressman of Taguig for two terms.

Cayetano ran in 2013 under the administration's senatorial ticket, Team PNoy, which won 9 out of 12 seats. The coalition ran against the opposition UNA of Binay. Although the NP and the LP were bitter rivals in 2010, the two parties entered into a coalition with Aquino's party – dictated by the politics of necessity.

He finished 3rd in the 2013 senatorial race, garnering 17.58 million votes behind Grace Poe and Loren Legarda.

In the 15th Congress, Cayetano headed the minority bloc in the Senate but was, and continues to be, supportive of the Aquino administration, having voted to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona and voting in favor of the controversial reproductive health law. He was also supportive of the sin tax law although he was not included in the voting.

Cayetano is an advocate of the Freedom of Information Bill, having proposed his own version in the Senate. His advocacies center on anti-corruption, fighting poll fraud, education, and children’s rights.

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