Aquino on Binay criticisms: You can leave Cabinet if you’re unhappy

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17, 2014) Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and  Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (MNSPhoto)

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Friday (October 17, 2014) Also in photo are Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legal Counsel Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje. (MNSPhoto)

MANILA, Nov 3 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III said Monday if Vice President Jejomar Binay is unhappy with the decisions taken by the administration, he is free to leave the Cabinet.

But if Binay will not resign, he is obligated to give advice and offer solutions to the problems besetting the country.

Aquino said he was not able to read the entire report on Binay’s criticisms – to which a reporter asked him to react – and only managed to read the first few paragraphs, and could review the article.

Nonetheless, Aquino obliged the reporter, saying that if Binay really said those criticisms, two options were open to him: he must actively share his views on how to improve things; or, if he’s truly unhappy, he could leave. “If he thinks our decisions are wrong, he is free not to join us,” Aquino said in a chance interview during the inauguration of the Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines Canlubang plant expansion in Laguna aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Monday.

“If he thinks our actions are not enough, he should advise us. That is not a choice but an obligation for him as a Cabinet member.”

“If he has criticisms, for these to be constructive, he has to offer solutions. But I have not heard him offer solutions in our past Cabinet meetings,” Aquino said.

Binay is currently the head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and presidential adviser for OFW affairs.

Asked if he still had trust and confidence in the vice president despite corruption allegations, Aquino noted that the accusations happened when he was still Makati mayor; adding that, as over-all in-charge of housing agencies in the Cabinet, Binay had chalked up some achievements.

Meanwhile, Aquino said it is a “credit to the current regime” that investigations are conducted on individuals such as Binay, regardless of whether or not they are a member of Cabinet.

Binay recently criticized the administration for “falling embarrassingly short on performance” on the issues of mass transportation, impending power crisis, and deterioration of peace and order. (MNS)

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