Vice President Jejomar Binay is planning to launch his own political party on the 116th  anniversary of Philippine independence on June 12, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) Secretary General and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said Monday.

Tiangco told reporters he and other opposition members have begun processing the requirements needed for the creation of a political party since Binay told them of his decision to bolt from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Feb. 24.

“We’re already checking the legality of [founding the party] with Comelec [Commission on Elections]. We’re in the process of creating a draft of the party’s by-laws and we’ll soon obtain an application for accreditation,” he said.

Tiangco expressed hope that UNA would be able to fulfill all the requirements in time for Binay to launch his political party on June 12.

Aside from processing the paperwork, the lawmaker said he and other opposition stalwarts are also in talks with other UNA officials to formalize their affiliation with Binay’s political party.

The UNA officials who join Binay’s party will be considered its founding members, Tiangco said.

Binay said in a television interview over the weekend that he is considering leaving PDP-Laban due to problems in the party.

Binay hinted he may form a new political party consisting of those who want to join him in leaving PDP-Laban, including Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Cebu Rep. Gwen Garcia

Tiangco clarified, however, that those who decide to join Binay’s political party would still be able to run under UNA in 2016 since the vice president’s party will be aligned with former President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

“UNA is a political coalition between PMP and PDP-Laban. But since aalis na si VP from PDP-Laban, walang magiging partner party ang PMP. ‘Yun naman ang itatayo namin,” he said.

Tiangco added that Binay decided to move forward the creation of his own political party because several politicians have already expressed their desire to swear their political allegiance with him as early as now.

“Dapat 2015 pa namin aayusin yung pagtatayo ng political party, pero bigla niyang sinabi last week na ayusin na namin ‘yon. ‘Yun naman ay dahil may mga [pulitikong] gustong lumipat, pero di makapag-oath taking sa kanya dahil wala siyang political party,” he said.

In a separate interview, Binay’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, confirmed she will also be bolting PDP-Laban once her father establishes his party.

“Sasama ako sa kanya kapag lumipat siya. Hindi naman ata maganda na magkakamag-anak kami tapos magkakaiba kami ng political party,” she said.

The younger Binay’s siblings, Sen. Nancy Binay and Makati mayor Junjun Binay, will also leave PDP-Laban to join their father’s political party, the lawmaker added.

At present, Tiangco said, Binay and other opposition members have yet to come up with a suitable name for the political party he is planning to build. — BM, GMA News