Ex-VP Binay to run for senator under Lacson-Sotto slate

enablePagination: false
maxItemsPerPage: 10
maxPaginationLinks: 10

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 24)— Former Vice President Jejomar Binay is seeking a political comeback in the 2022 polls as he joins the senatorial lineup of Senator Ping Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto.

Sotto himself confirmed the development in a message to reporters on Saturday, noting that he and Lacson met with Binay earlier in the day.

Binay joins 10 other names in the initial list of senatorial bets being eyed by Lacson and Sotto, who confirmed their plans to run as president and vice president earlier this week.

RELATED: Lacson-Sotto tandem confirmed for 2022 polls

Also included in their initial slate are Former Senator JV Ejercito, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Senator Richard Gordon, DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II, Former Comelec Commissioner Goyo Larrazabal, House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Senator Joel Villanueva, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Back in January, Binay told CNN Philippines he may consider a political comeback in 2022 if he is "physically and mentally fit." The former vice president, at the time, did not mention a specific post that he might be eyeing.

In the 2019 elections, Binay lost to Kid Peña in his bid to become the first district representative of Makati City. Later that year, he filed an electoral protest against the elected Congressman, citing "various manifestations of fraud, anomalies, and irregularities" during the polls.

Binay's daughters, Nancy and Abby, also currently hold key government positions — serving as senator and Makati City mayor, respectively.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Eimor Santos contributed to this report.