MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Tuesday countered Makati Rep. Abigail Binay’s claim that his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, became the subject of attacks from the administration during his stint as Cabinet member.
“We do not share the assessment of the allies of the Vice President that he was made a punching bag by the administration,” deputy presidential spokesperson Usec. Abigail Valte said in a text message.
The Palace official added that the administration never resort to personal attacks.
“We have always endeavored to keep public discourse on programs and policies and not centered on personalities in general,” she said.
Valte said she is not privy to what President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Binay talked about during a phone call after the latter’s resignation.
On Monday, Aquino accepted Vice President Binay’s resignation as presidential adviser on OFW affairs and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chairman.
Rep. Binay, who submitted her father’s resignation letter to the Palace, said her father quit his Cabinet posts because he grew tired of becoming the administration’s “punching bag.”
Vice President Binay, the opposition’s presumptive standard-bearer in the 2016 polls, is currently facing corruption allegations for his supposed hand in the overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II during his stint as Makati mayor.
No replacement yet
In a separate radio interview on Tuesday, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there is no information yet on who will take over Binay’s vacated posts.
He nevertheless assured the public that the HUDCC and its attached agencies will continue functioning despite Binay’s resignation.
“Hanggang hindi po humihirang ang Pangulo ng iba pang mga opisyal, mayroon naman po tayong prinsipyo sa gobyerno na continuity and no disruption in essential public services,” Coloma said.
“Ang tangi lang naman pong naghain ng pagbibitiw ay si Vice President Binay, kaya patuloy po ang serbisyo publiko sa lahat ng mga aspeto ng gawain ng mga ahensiyang napapaloob sa kaniyang sinasakupan dati,” he added. (MNS)