MANILA (Mabuhay) – The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday said they are bracing themselves for the continuation of the alleged demolition job against the opposition’s presidential candidate.
This, following the remarks made by President Benigno Aquino III alluding to the accusations of corruption against Binay while pushing for his preferred successor, Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas.
In a statement, Atty. Rico Quicho, vice presidential spokesperson for political affairs, said they find it “unfortunate” that the President has supposedly forgotten his earlier statement that Binay should be presumed innocent.
Aquino’s latest “jab” against the Vice President, said Quicho, signals the continuation of the demolition job against Binay, the standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“But the President’s latest jab can be interpreted as a signal to resume the demolition work on the Vice President. We are bracing ourselves but we will not be deterred from talking to the people about the Vice President’s programs to address poverty, hunger and unemployment,” he said.
Aquino, speaking before the Filipino community in Italy, slammed the other individuals vying for the presidency, including Senator Grace Poe, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“Suriin po natin ang mga pagpipilian natin. Mayroon po diyan, inakusahan ng pagsasamsam ng kaban ng bayan sa pagkatagal-tagal na panahon. Kung totoo ang alegasyon at nagnanakaw nga itong taong ito, ano po kaya ang matitira para tustusan ang pagganda ng buhay na ipinapangako niya?” the President said, an apparent swipe against Binay.
The camp of Binay, for his part, turned the tables on the President and his anointed successor, saying Roxas’ alleged incompetence and inaction as secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) “only made situations worse.”
“The MRT is in a worse state now. Traffic is now a daily hell for commuters and motorists. Licenses and car plates take forever. Billions in funds for local governments, water projects, developmental programs remain unreleased and trapped in a bureaucratic limbo of his own making.
“Citizens live in fear and no longer feel safe in their homes. We have rampant criminality, unsolved killings of judges and journalists, and a drug menace that has infected almost all barangays in the country,” said Quicho.
These, he said, need concrete answers from Roxas, who is running on a platform of continuity.
The Binay camp, however, claimed that this means continuing “the insensitive and inefficient governance that has failed to address poverty, hunger and unemployment.” (MNS)