SEN. Lito Lapid said on Tuesday that his decision to run or not to
run against Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati in the 2007 mayoralty
elections would depend on the stand of his party.
“I’m keeping my options open. I would
follow what Lakas would tell me whether I run or not,” Lapid said.
Last week Senate Minority Leader Aquilino
Pimentel Jr. cautioned Lapid not to run against Binay because he
would be committing “a political hara-kiri.”
Lapid was reportedly enticed by President Arroyo
and her husband Mike Arroyo to run against Binay who, as chairman of
the United Opposition, has turned the city into an opposition
Lapid admitted that he has rented a house in
Magallanes Village to establish residence.
Pimentel said the only reason the Arroyos want
Lapid to replace Binay is to stop the city particularly Ayala Avenue
in Makati’s financial center, from being the permanent staging
ground for opposition-organized demonstrations.
The First Couple believe that Lapid, known as
Leon Guerrero in movies, can match the charisma and popularity of
Binay is expected to run for a third and final
term next year.
Pimentel said Lapid, although popular, is no
match to the political savvy of Binay and is better off running for
mayor of Angeles City, where he is sure to win.
Pimentel and Binay are founding members of the
PDP-Laban, a member of the opposition coalition fighting against the