BACOLOD (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay criticized government spending Saturday, saying the administration has not given priority to education due to programs of “favorite leaders and friends including the junket in ITLOS in Hague.”
In his keynote speech at the 69th Annual Representative Assembly of Negros Occidental Teachers Federation in Bacolod, Binay said the funds that should have been used for education were used to “bribe politicians to get rid of their political enemies.”
“The money was spent to fund programs of their favorite leaders and friends including the junket for ITLOS in Hague. Only three made the oral arguments but over 35 high-ranking officials were sent on business class tickets and first-class accommodation… Ginagamit ang pondo sa pamumulitika,” Binay said.
The vice president was referring to the delegation the administration sent to The Hague to argue its case against China over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
Binay also hit the Conditional Cash Transfer program.
Binay said according to a report by the Asian Development Bank, 30 percent of its beneficiaries are not poor.
He promised to institute reforms in the education system should he become president and pattern it after the “Makati model where elementary shooling is not only free. The pupils are also given free uniforms and supplemental nutrition. High school education is also free and tertiary education is subsidized at the University of Makati.”
Binay also promised to increase teachers’ salary to grade 19 which is equivalent to around P33,000.00
“We will be transparent in all our activities through careful planning, spending and meticulous execution. We will not declare savings mid-year and divert the so-called savings to demonize political enemies. We will not ask for a huge budget and then underspend and pass off clear sloppy budgeting as budget reform and fiscal prudence.”
During an ambush interview with reporters, Binay said the underspending of the government is deliberate so the administration can use the funds for the upcoming elections. (MNS)