MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay and his running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan, on Monday morning filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs).
Binay and Honasan were the first pair aspiring for the top posts to file their COCs on the first day of the week-long filing at the Commission on Election’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.
The vice president was accompanied by his wife Elenita, and their children, Sen. Nancy Binay and suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
Binay and Honasan were among the first candidates to arrive at the Comelec’s office at the Palacio del Gobernador.
Minutes before the start of the filing of COCs, Honasan confirmed his vice presidential run.
“I don’t have the luxury of an ego. I’m a soldier and I will follow the party decision,” Honasan told reporters when asked to comment on not being the first choice of UNA as its vice presidential candidate.
The tandem’s supporters arrived early at the Palacio del Gobernador grounds.
The group arrived with a marching band, whose members were wearing Binay shirts.
After a few photos together, the tandem left the Comelec office.
Binay thereafter said the poor Filipinos serve as his inspiration and that he will continue defending them and serving them.
“Ngayon, marami pa rin ang lubog sa hirap. Mailap pa rin sa kanila ang ginhawa sa buhay. Milyon-milyong kababayan natin ang nagsisikap upang makaahon sa kahirapan. Puno sila ng pag-asa. Matibay ang kanilang pananalig,” Binay told reporters after the filing.
He added: “Sila ang aking inspirasyon. Sila ang aking ipaglalaban at paglilingkuran.”
Binay added that alleviating poverty will be his main focus should he be elected president.
“Sa napakahabang panahon, sa ilalim ng napakaraming administrasyon, iisa ang laging nakakaligtaan: ang matugunan ang daing ng mahihirap. Walang saysay ang pag-unlad kung hindi kasalo ang nakararami. Ito ang dapat pagtuunan ng pamahalaan. Ito ang aking pagtutuunan kapag ako ay mahalal bilang pangulo ng bansa,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Honasan said running for vice president is a matter of duty, and he has cleared it with his family.
“This is a matter of duty. I was chosen by the party I’m helping organize… I cleared with my family. I have their understanding… I cannot separate my party from my family,” Honasan said.
The lawmaker however admitted he only decided to run for the vice presidential post recently.
“I’ve decided to run a few days ago when I signed my acceptance of the nomination,” he said. (MNS)