LP to wait for Poe only until September 14

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Caloocan Rep. Edgar "Egay" Erice (L) says the Liberal Party will wait for Sen. Grace Poe (R) only until mid-September.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The ruling Liberal Party (LP) still remained hopeful on Saturday (August 15) that Sen. Grace Poe would change her mind and decide to accept the administration's vice presidential bet slot for a Mar-Poe tandem in 2016.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar "Egay" Erice, however, said LP would only wait until mid-September.

"By September 14, we will have to decide. If she decides to run as president, then that would be the time to look for another," Erice said.

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President Benigno Aquino III and other LP stalwarts had maintained that the door was kept open for Poe to be Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II's running mate next year.

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Meanwhile, Erice said LP's senatorial lineup would have three incumbent senators - Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon and Teofisto "TG" Guingona III.

He added that many had been signifying their intention to join the slate.

"Pero ang decision ay na kina Roxas at PNoy," Erice said.

[Translation: "But the decision lies with (Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar") Roxas and PNoy (President Benigno Aquino III)."]

Erice also managed to take a swipe at the administration's critics by saying that LP's platform would not go into trapo (traditional) or "patronage" politics by focusing on social services - and not just by giving out birthday cakes or funeral wreaths.

Likewise, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesperson Mon Ilagan said the opposition still had no running mate yet for Vice President Jejomar Binay for next year's polls.

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Ilagan said the opposition group's selection committee had set Sept. 30 as deadline to name Binay's running mate, as well as the other names that would complete UNA's senatorial ticket.

He also alluded to the "palpak at manhid" (inept and insensitive) criticisms of Binay against the administration by saying that UNA would make sure public funds would trickle down to regional, provincial and municipal levels — and would not be just stuck in Malacañan or the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Ilagan said that what UNA would aim for was to duplicate in the whole country what VP Binay had done in Makati

CNN Philippines' Paola Palma contributed to this report.