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VP's SPEECH TO THE NATION: CALLS NOY ADMINISTRATION 'UNCARING' (manhid), 'BLUNDERING'(palpak)
[Slams Aquino administration's failures, 'selective justice'. He said he would now lead the opposition and fulfill his vision for the poor']


JUNE 24 ---I am not backing out in 2016 polls! “I WON’T back out.”That was the strong statement of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday to his political opponents who have been urging him to abandon his presidential plans amid corruption allegations hurled against him. As expected, Binay used his speech at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City to criticize President Benigno Aquino III, calling his administration as “manhid (uncaring)”and “palpak (blundering).” “Sa mga kalaban ko sa pulitika, sinasabi ko sa inyo ngayon: kung ang layunin ninyo ay paatrasin ako sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo sa 2016, nagkakamali kayo. Hindi ako umaatras sa laban,” Binay said. The Vice President said he would now lead the opposition and fulfill his vision for the poor. “At lalong hindi ko iiwanan ang ating mga mahihirap na kababayan. Lagi ninyong kasama sa hirap at ginhawa, at ngayon ay namumuno sa oposisyon,” he said. Binay blasted the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for launching a black propaganda against him. “Ngayon, sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, ako ay pinagkaisahang siraan, hamakin, gipitin, tanggalin bilang pangalawang pangulo at ipakulong pa,” he said. The vice president hit the inaction of Aquino on corruption allegations involving his allies and partymates. “At habang ako at ang aking pamilya ay ginigipit at inuusig, hinahayaan naman nila ang malawakang anomalya ng kanilang mga kasama ta kapartido,” he said, citing the anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). READ MORE...

ALSO Aquino on Binay: I saved him from being a spare tire
[President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said he does not understand how Vice President Jejomar Binay could have spoken against his administration when he did everything to help him.]


JUNE 25 ---“Hinalal siya ng taumbayan, binigyan ko (s’ya) ng lahat ng pagkakataon para hindi s’ya maging spare tire (He was elected by the people, I gave him all the opportunities not to become a spare tire,” Aquino said at the sidelines of the Livestock expo and convention in Manila. On Monday, the Vice President resigned as a member of Aquino’s Cabinet. Two days later, he gave a scathing speech against the administration, calling it “manhid” (insensitive) and “palpak” (bumbling). The President said he was surprised with Binay’s resignation “at this point in time.” Opportunities --Aquino said he made Binay head of the National Housing Authority. He said he also granted Binay’s request to make him Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Affairs. “Ipinagkaloob natin sa kanya ‘yung pagkakataon na manaliti ‘yung kanyang popularity ratings bagama’t hindi natin siya kaalyado ‘nung tumakbo sa eleksyon, bagama’t ‘nung 2013 e nandun siya sa kabilang grupo. Hindi natin siya parang pinigilan na ‘yung magkaroon naman ng pagkakataon na marecognize ‘yung kanyang trabaho,” the President said. (We gave him the opportunity to maintain his popularity ratings although we weren’t allies during the elections, even if in 2013 he was with another group. We didn’t prevent him from getting recognition for his work.)
Smiling in exasperation, Aquino said Binay seemed to have been withholding “secrets on how to better run the country. READ MORE...

ALSO SWS: Binay's satisfaction rating recovers, from 31% to 42%


JUNE 26 ---Vice President Jejomar Binay recently resigned from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet. AJ Bolando The net satisfaction rating of Vice President Jejomar recovered after hitting an all-time low during the first quarter of the year, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported on Friday. Binay's satisfaction rating rose from 31 percent in March to 42 percent in June. The latest survey showed that 64 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the vice president while 22 percent were dissatisfied. Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon's net satisfaction rating declined from 35 percent in March to 29 percent by June. Among the respondents, 52 percent were satisfied with the performance of Drilon while 24 percent were dissatisfied. READ MORE...

ALSO Binay: I felt like a leper during Cabinet meetings


JUNE 26 ---Philippine Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay gestures while reading his statement at a news conference, Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. AP Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday said he felt like a leper during the Cabinet meetings following alleged political attacks against him. Asked if he was treated like an outcast by the others, he said, “Hindi naman naa-outcast. Pero, alam mo itong mga bandang huli na nga kasama na ito siguro ng resulta ng panggigipit, at sabihin ko lang sa inyo ha, lalung-lalo na na kalat na kalat na at ikinakalat ng mga kalaban ko sa pulitika na ako ay ipaaaresto. Alam mo para kang may ketong doon sa Cabinet meeting,” he added. (Not really an outcast. But, you know, lately, perhaps a result of being persecuted, especially when my political rivals spread rumors that I was being arrested…I felt like I had leprosy during those Cabinet meetings.)
Binay on Monday resigned as member of the Cabinet and head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Concerns.READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay declares himself leader of opposition
[Rep Abigail Binay said her father was fed up with the “fakery and pretension” in trying to fit in the Cabinet. ]


JUNE 25 ---After the break. Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers a speech a day after resigning from the Cabinet. Ey Acasio
TWO days after resigning from the Cabinet, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday declared himself as head of the opposition in the 2016 national and local elections. “I’m Jojo Binay, your vice president, [and] I’m proud to be a real Filipino in heart and mind. I will be with you for better or for worse, and now will lead the opposition,” Binay said in a televised press briefing at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City. In his speech, Binay vowed to offer the Filipino people a compassionate and effective government. ”It is my dream to have an effective government so that more, and not few, will benefit from the economic growth that we will achieve,” Binay said. ”We should have a government which listens and have real concerns especially to the poor,” he added. The Vice President said he is fighting for a government that would let justice and peace reign, and one that would strive to create more jobs to help the needy. Binay denounced the selective justice of the Aquino administration, criticizing the apparent disparity between the treatment of the opposition versus those allied with the ruling party. READ MORE...

ALSO: Why I quit – Binay; Vice President reveals plot to unseat and jail him ahead of 2016 elections


JUNE 25 ---Binay, however, never mentioned the name of President Aquino throughout the statement he read at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City yesterday.
Breaking his silence two days after he severed ties with the Aquino government, Vice Pres. Jejomar C. Binay yesterday immediately buckled down to work as “leader of the opposition,” blasting the “insensitive and inept” administration as he bared a supposed plot to unseat him and send him to jail ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. Facing the media for the first time after quitting his posts in the Aquino Cabinet, Binay delivered a strongly-worded statement in Filipino, detailing why he bolted the administration he had served for the past five years. Binay, however, never mentioned the name of President Aquino throughout the statement he read at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City yesterday. In what he said was the beginning of the campaign against poverty, the Vice President said he resigned from the Cabinet as he could not allow that his pro-poor programs which reaped success during his time as Makati mayor would just be ruined and besmirched and will not be realized in the whole country. “Hindi ako papayag na magpatuloy ang kawalan ng katarungan sa bansa. Hindi ako papayag na iilan lang ang magtatamasa ng benepisyong nararapat sa karamihan. At lalong hindi ako papayag na alisin sa taumbayan ang pagkakataong magkaroon ng isang pamahalaang tapat at mahusay na naglilingkod upang guminhawa ang marami (I will not allow the lack of justice in the country to continue. I will not allow that only a few are reaping benefits that should be for the good of all. And most of all, I will not allow that the public will be deprived of a chance to have a government that is honest and efficient in working to uplift the lives of the majority),” he said. Binay, who is expected to be the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said his desire is for the country to have an efficient leadership so that all Filipinos and “not only a few” would benefit from the country’s economic gains. READ MORE...

ALSO: Daughter Abi says VP Binay tired of being 'the punching bag'; Resignation not a cutting of personal ties with Noy 


JUNE 23 ---SCREENGRAB FROM ABS-CBN VIDEO NEWS--- Binay quits Cabinet posts
(3rd UPDATE) - With just 4 months to go before formalizing his bid for the presidency, Vice President Jejomar Binay has resigned from his Cabinet posts. In an interview with radio DZMM, Binay’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail "Abi" Binay, said the vice president is “tired” of being the “punching bag” of Aquino’s allies. Binay quit as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFW) Concerns. In a statement, Binay’s camp said the resignation was “irrevocable." The vice president’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, hand-carried the resignation to the Office of the President on Monday. “She was accompanied by Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez Jr., chief of staff of the Vice President. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa received the letter around 3:55 p.m. at the Office of the Executive Secretary,” said Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado. Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, in a brief statement Monday night, confirmed that the Palace recieved Binay's resignation letter. READ MORE...

ALSO by Rigoberto Tiglao: Binay resigns: Aquino’s free-fall starts


JUNE 25 ---by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO President BS Aquino 3rd, or his sidekick Mar Roxas, went too far in their attempts to take Vice President Jejomar Binay out of the presidential race. Maybe too early, and that smear campaign will prove to be this  Administration’s unraveling. The man got fed up, or perhaps as a veteran politician simply had a good sense of timing. He resigned from Aquino’s student-council government, and has come out fighting. It could mark the start of Aquino’s free-fall, as a similar incident did for Estrada in 2000. Going by Filipinos’ political psychology and the country’s political dynamics, Aquino is in big trouble, that he might not even be able to finish his term. If I were a mythmaker, I’d even say that a vice president’s resignation has been the letters on the wall for a President’s fall. Then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – saying to hell with then President Estrada’s popularity – resigned her Cabinet post in October 2000. Three months later, he fled Malacañang. Estrada tried desperately to downplay Arroyo’s resignation that I think his operators managed to get the Social Weather Station (SWS) to report that her satisfaction ratings had plunged to negative 4 in December from 63 the month before – a statistical impossibility, but a fallacy believed by many political strategists. (By March, it was 24.) There are, of course, counter-examples. Vice Presidents Fernando Lopez, Salvador Laurel and Teofisto Guingona all had become antagonistic to their Presidents and resigned their Cabinet posts. READ MORE, PLUS 28 READERS' RESPONSES...


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Binay calls Aquino admin ‘uncaring,’ ‘blundering’


I am not backing out in 2016 polls!MANILA, JUNE INQUIRER.net  June 24th, 2015 - “I WON’T back out.” That was the strong statement of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday to his political opponents who have been urging him to abandon his presidential plans amid corruption allegations hurled against him.

As expected, Binay used his speech at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City to criticize President Benigno Aquino III, calling his administration as “manhid (uncaring)”and “palpak (blundering).”

“Sa mga kalaban ko sa pulitika, sinasabi ko sa inyo ngayon: kung ang layunin ninyo ay paatrasin ako sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo sa 2016, nagkakamali kayo. Hindi ako umaatras sa laban,” Binay said.

The Vice President said he would now lead the opposition and fulfill his vision for the poor.

“At lalong hindi ko iiwanan ang ating mga mahihirap na kababayan. Lagi ninyong kasama sa hirap at ginhawa, at ngayon ay namumuno sa oposisyon,” he said.

Binay blasted the administration of President Benigno Aquino III for launching a black propaganda against him.

“Ngayon, sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, ako ay pinagkaisahang siraan, hamakin, gipitin, tanggalin bilang pangalawang pangulo at ipakulong pa,” he said.

The vice president hit the inaction of Aquino on corruption allegations involving his allies and partymates.

“At habang ako at ang aking pamilya ay ginigipit at inuusig, hinahayaan naman nila ang malawakang anomalya ng kanilang mga kasama ta kapartido,” he said, citing the anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

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Binay, who tendered his irrevocable resignation on Monday, said he was already fed up with the government, which led to his resignation.

“Nagbitiw po ako sa Gabinete dahil hindi ako makapapayag na siraan ang aking mga programang pang-masa na nagtagumpay sa Makati at nais kong mapalawak sa buong bansa,” he said.

Binay has been the head of the government’s Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council and the presidential adviser on the overseas Filipino workers.

Unlike the “numb and incompetent” Aquino administration, Binay vowed to have a compassionate and effective leadership.

“Hangad ko na magkaroon ang bansa nang maayos na pamamahala upang marami at hindi lang iilan ang makikinabang sa kaunlarang maaabot natin,” he said.

If elected president in 2016, the vice president vowed for a government that truly cares and listens to the poor.

Binay challenged his critics to face him in an honest and clean election come 2016.

“May hangganan ang pagtitiis ng isang tao. Tama na. Sobra na. Bakit hindi nila ako harapin sa malinis na halalan?” he said.


INQUIRER

Aquino on Binay: I saved him from being a spare tire SHARES: 4029 VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 10:37 AM June 25th, 2015


President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said he does not understand how Vice President Jejomar Binay could have spoken against his administration when he did everything to help him.

“Hinalal siya ng taumbayan, binigyan ko (s’ya) ng lahat ng pagkakataon para hindi s’ya maging spare tire (He was elected by the people, I gave him all the opportunities not to become a spare tire,” Aquino said at the sidelines of the Livestock expo and convention in Manila.

On Monday, the Vice President resigned as a member of Aquino’s Cabinet. Two days later, he gave a scathing speech against the administration, calling it “manhid” (insensitive) and “palpak” (bumbling).

The President said he was surprised with Binay’s resignation “at this point in time.”

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Aquino said he made Binay head of the National Housing Authority. He said he also granted Binay’s request to make him Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Affairs.

“Ipinagkaloob natin sa kanya ‘yung pagkakataon na manaliti ‘yung kanyang popularity ratings bagama’t hindi natin siya kaalyado ‘nung tumakbo sa eleksyon, bagama’t ‘nung 2013 e nandun siya sa kabilang grupo. Hindi natin siya parang pinigilan na ‘yung magkaroon naman ng pagkakataon na marecognize ‘yung kanyang trabaho,” the President said.

(We gave him the opportunity to maintain his popularity ratings although we weren’t allies during the elections, even if in 2013 he was with another group. We didn’t prevent him from getting recognition for his work.)

Smiling in exasperation, Aquino said Binay seemed to have been withholding “secrets on how to better run the country.

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“Palagay ko may obligasyon siya na miyembro siya ng Gabinete na ibinahagi niya ito (I think he has an obligation as a member of the Cabinet to share those things),” he said, echoing his earlier statements on Binay’s criticisms against the administration.

Aquino said if people ask him why Binay didn’t share his ideas with the Cabinet, he would just point to the Vice President.

“Kung may maitutulong ka sa ikakabuti ng taumbayan na pinangakuan nating paglilingkuran, bakit mo naman isinisikreto (If you can contribute to the betterment of the people who you pledged to serve, why would you not help)?” he said.

Aquino fires back at Binay No endorsement?

Aquino also wondered out loud if Binay’s decision to break ties with the Cabinet was spurred by his realization that he would not get the President’s endorsement for 2016.

Among the potential presidential candidates, only Binay has declared his intent to run in 2016.

“Baka naman napag-isip siyang hindi siya ang ma-e-endorso natin, so kailangan ipakita niyang hindi niya kailangan ‘yung endorsement o may mas maganda siyang kayang magawa (Maybe he thought he wouldn’t get our endorsement so now he has to show the public that he doesn’t need it or he can do better),” he said.

He lamented Binay’s decision to criticize the administration amid his good relationship with Aquino.

The President said they were together in the Cabinet and he couldn’t recall an instance when they deprived Binay of any request.

“I treated him as a member of the official family. We’ve been through a lot,” he said of Binay, who has close ties with the Aquino family.

Binay was an ally of Aquino’s mother, the late Corazon Aquino who was the first female president of the Philippines.

“Siguro ganyan talaga ang pulitika sa ating bansa (Maybe that is really how politics works in the Philippines),” the President said.

Point by point

The President confirmed that the letter Binay’s daughter, Makati City Representative Abigail Binay, gave to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa was a resignation letter that contained only one sentence. Reports said Binay wrote, “I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation as member of the Cabinet effective immediately.”

When they talked on the phone on Monday, Aquino asked for the reasons behind the abrupt resignation. “What was the immediate reason that prompted him to do this action?” he asked.

Binay said he had a lot of reasons and that he will just write it down and send to the President.

Aquino said he and his Cabinet members will answer Binay’s accusations point by point.

“Ngayon, ang dami kong gustong sabihin sa totoo lang, pero palagay ko dapat yata e ‘yung i-formalize ko na rin ‘yung statement para maging maliwanag na maliwanag sa ating mga sagot sa kanyang mga sumbat,” he said.

“At siguro kung tatanungin mo, ano ang pakiramdam ko? Pangkarinawan naman siguro sa Pilipino, kayo na lumagay sa posisyon ko, paano ko ba siya tinirato ng mali at tapos ito ang isinukli? Kaya thank you na rin sa kanya.”

(Now, I have a lot of things I want to say but I think I have to formalize a statement so I can be clear in my response to his criticisms. And if you ask me how I feel? I think it is normal among Filipinos, if you are in my position, I can’t help but ask why he did that when I treated him fairly.)

No time for politics

Without referring to Binay, the President said other politicians have the “luxury” to devote all their time for campaigning but he remains focused on running the country.

Aquino said it is not his primary function to engage in the political debate, especially concerning the 2016 elections.

He said he won’t be distracted by political debates.

“Palagay ko klarong klaro sa taongbayan sino ang nagsasabi ng tama at mali (I think it is clear among the public who is saying the truth and who is saying lies),” Aquino said in conclusion.


PHILSTAR

SWS: Binay's satisfaction rating recovers By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 26, 2015 - 3:12pm 0 65 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay recently resigned from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet. AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - The net satisfaction rating of Vice President Jejomar recovered after hitting an all-time low during the first quarter of the year, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported on Friday.

Binay's satisfaction rating rose from 31 percent in March to 42 percent in June. The latest survey showed that 64 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the vice president while 22 percent were dissatisfied.

Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon's net satisfaction rating declined from 35 percent in March to 29 percent by June. Among the respondents, 52 percent were satisfied with the performance of Drilon while 24 percent were dissatisfied.

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The net satisfaction rating of House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. decreased from 12 percent in March to nine percent in June while Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's rating slightly increased from 10 percent to 11 percent during the same time period.

Public satisfaction with the Senate rose from 31 percent in March to 33 percent in June while the House of Representatives maintained its rating of 20 percent.

The Supreme Court's satisfaction rating decreased from 34 percent in the first quarter to 32 percent in the second quarter of the year.

The satisfaction rating of the Cabinet as a whole slightly declined from 13 percent to 12 percent in the same period.

The latest survey was conducted from June 5 to 8 among 1,200 respondents nationwide through face-to-face interviews.


PHILSTAR

Binay: I felt like a leper during Cabinet meetings SHARES: 11 VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 06:08 PM June 26th, 2015


Philippine Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay gestures while reading his statement at a news conference, Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. AP

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday said he felt like a leper during the Cabinet meetings following alleged political attacks against him.

Asked if he was treated like an outcast by the others, he said, “Hindi naman naa-outcast. Pero, alam mo itong mga bandang huli na nga kasama na ito siguro ng resulta ng panggigipit, at sabihin ko lang sa inyo ha, lalung-lalo na na kalat na kalat na at ikinakalat ng mga kalaban ko sa pulitika na ako ay ipaaaresto. Alam mo para kang may ketong doon sa Cabinet meeting,” he added.

(Not really an outcast. But, you know, lately, perhaps a result of being persecuted, especially when my political rivals spread rumors that I was being arrested…I felt like I had leprosy during those Cabinet meetings.)

Binay on Monday resigned as member of the Cabinet and head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Concerns.

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On Wednesday, Binay gave a speech citing some reasons behind his decision. He said the Aquino administration was callous and incompetent.

Despite this, he said Aquino was still his friend.

“Kaibigan pa rin po. Pinag-uusapan lamang po natin dito ‘yung pamahalaan, ‘yung pamamahala sa bayan (He’s still a friend. What we’re talking about is the government, the governance of the nation),” the Vice President said.

Binay and his camp has repeatedly accused Aquino’s Liberal Party for political persecution, especially during a series of Senate hearings on the alleged overpriced Makati parking building.

He did not mention Aquino in his speech, but complained of the failures of his administration.

The President on Thursday broke his silence and expressed his dismay. He said he gave Binay the opportunity to maintain his “popularity ratings” by giving him a post in his Cabinet. Aquino said Binay’s requests during Cabinet meetings were always approved.

“I treated him as a member of the official family. We’ve been through a lot,” he said of Binay, who is close to the Aquino family.


MANILA STANDARD

Binay declares himself leader of opposition By Vito Barcelo, Sandy Araneta, PNA | Jun. 25, 2015 at 12:01am


After the break. Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers a speech a day after resigning from the Cabinet. Ey Acasio

TWO days after resigning from the Cabinet, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday declared himself as head of the opposition in the 2016 national and local elections.

“I’m Jojo Binay, your vice president, [and] I’m proud to be a real Filipino in heart and mind. I will be with you for better or for worse, and now will lead the opposition,” Binay said in a televised press briefing at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City.

In his speech, Binay vowed to offer the Filipino people a compassionate and effective government.

”It is my dream to have an effective government so that more, and not few, will benefit from the economic growth that we will achieve,” Binay said.

”We should have a government which listens and have real concerns especially to the poor,” he added.

The Vice President said he is fighting for a government that would let justice and peace reign, and one that would strive to create more jobs to help the needy.

Binay denounced the selective justice of the Aquino administration, criticizing the apparent disparity between the treatment of the opposition versus those allied with the ruling party.

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Morever, the Vice President said while he and his family were being vilified, those allied with the ruling party that are embroiled in controversies have gone unpunished.

He said the government has allowed to go unpunished those officials allied with the present administration who were involved in the illegal use of funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program and the Priority Development Assistance Fund, as well as the mismanagement of the Mamasapano operation in which 44 police commandos were killed.

“This is not justice for the majority, particularly the poor,” Binay said.

He said this “injustice” would motivate him further in pursing the presidency.

The Vice President said he accepted the offer to join the Cabinet in 2010 before because he wanted to repay with genuine service the trust of the public that elected him.

Binay dared his critics to face him in a clean and honest election in 2016 as he thanked the people for their continued trust in him despite incessant attacks against him.

The Vice President declared he would not back out as presidential candidate.

“I’m not withdrawing to any fight,” he said.


Vigil. Makati City residents hold a vigil outside City Hall to show their support for the embattled Vice President Jejomar Binay a day after he resigned from the Cabinet. Ey Acasio


In a press conference at his office in the Coconut Palace, Binay decried as foul the charges hurled against him by those who were driven by personal ambition rather than the search for truth, and said his accusers had presented no evidence to prove he had benefited from the alleged overpricing of several Makati buildings.

Binay, who resigned from the Cabinet on Monday, described the government as callous and incompetent as a result of poor leadership.

Binay said he quit his Cabinet posts after serving for five years as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and presidential assistant on overseas workers’ concerns, because he was unwilling to let his successful pro-poor programs that he carried out when he was still mayor of Makati be disparaged and vilified.

Officially declaring his intention to run for the presidency in 2016, Binay said no one–not even political propaganda--would stop him from seeking the country’s highest position.

A Palace spokesman on Wednesday declined to say if Binay’s break from the government would strain relations between his family and that of President Benigno Aquino III.

“I do not wish to speculate on a matter that is personal between the two families,” said deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, in text message.

In a radio interview, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay said her father’s resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino III was one sentence long indicating his “irrevocable resignation” with no reason or personal affection.

“He resigned on his own, he was not pressured. I don’t think there was anybody who could change my father’s mind,” she said.

Asked if there was a falling out between Binay and the President, she said: “I am not in the right position [to answer that] but he seems to be very tired; and in his view, this is the only way he can be liberated.”

She said her father had been “holding back” from all the attacks he had been getting from administration allies, including a long-running Senate investigation into allegations of corruption when he was still mayor of Makati.

The congresswoman said her father was fed up with the “fakery and pretension” in trying to fit in the Cabinet.

She added that he was absent from last week’s Cabinet meeting, but this did not mean he was not invited


MANILA BULLETIN

Why I quit – Binay Vice President reveals plot to unseat and jail him ahead of 2016 elections by JC Bello Ruiz June 25, 2015 Share2 Tweet2 Share1 Email0 Share20


Binay, however, never mentioned the name of President Aquino throughout the statement he read at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City yesterday.

Breaking his silence two days after he severed ties with the Aquino government, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay yesterday immediately buckled down to work as “leader of the opposition,” blasting the “insensitive and inept” administration as he bared a supposed plot to unseat him and send him to jail ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

Facing the media for the first time after quitting his posts in the Aquino Cabinet, Binay delivered a strongly-worded statement in Filipino, detailing why he bolted the administration he had served for the past five years.

Binay, however, never mentioned the name of President Aquino throughout the statement he read at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City yesterday.

In what he said was the beginning of the campaign against poverty, the Vice President said he resigned from the Cabinet as he could not allow that his pro-poor programs which reaped success during his time as Makati mayor would just be ruined and besmirched and will not be realized in the whole country.

“Hindi ako papayag na magpatuloy ang kawalan ng katarungan sa bansa. Hindi ako papayag na iilan lang ang magtatamasa ng benepisyong nararapat sa karamihan. At lalong hindi ako papayag na alisin sa taumbayan ang pagkakataong magkaroon ng isang pamahalaang tapat at mahusay na naglilingkod upang guminhawa ang marami (I will not allow the lack of justice in the country to continue. I will not allow that only a few are reaping benefits that should be for the good of all. And most of all, I will not allow that the public will be deprived of a chance to have a government that is honest and efficient in working to uplift the lives of the majority),” he said.

Binay, who is expected to be the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said his desire is for the country to have an efficient leadership so that all Filipinos and “not only a few” would benefit from the country’s economic gains.

Binay said he desires a government that is sensitive and compassionate to the needs of the poor, which he said is the opposite of the present “insensitive and inept” administration.

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“Isang pamahalaang magpapairal ng hustisya at tahimik na pamumuhay; isang pamahalaang puspusang nagsisikap upang lumikha ng higit pang trabaho upang bigyan ng ginhawa ang matagal nang nagigipit na taumbayan (A government that will uphold justice and peaceful living for its citizens; a government that will aggressively work to create jobs for the relief of the suffering public),” Binay said.

“Isang pamahalaan na nagbibigay ng epektibo at malawak na serbisyong pangkalusugan at edukasyon; isang pamahalaang makatao, hindi manhid, at may malasakit kanino man. Isang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng pagkakataong guminhawa at umangat ang buhay ng mga mahihirap. Ito ang aking ipinaglalaban. Ito rin ang hangarin ng ating mga kababayan: Isang pamahalaang kabaliktaran ng manhid at palpak na pamahalaan ngayon (A government that will grant an effective and extensive health services and education; a government that is humane, not insensitive and is compassionate to anyone. A government that will give a chance for the poor to go up in life. This is what I am fighting for. And this is also the desire of our fellow countrymen: a government that is not insensitive and inept, a government which is the opposite of the present government,” he added.

ONLY ALLIES, PARTYMATES BENEFITING

Binay said he accepted the offer for him to serve the Cabinet five years ago since he wanted to become a “working vice president” and repay those who voted for him in the 2010 polls.

He said that while serving the Cabinet he was able to push for reforms in the shelter sector and attended to the needs of Filipino migrant workers.

However, in his visits to the provinces, Binay said he learned that the economic gains being trumpeted by the administration are not being felt by those in the countryside.

“Ang nakikinabang sa ipinagyayabang na pag-unlad ay ay iilan lamang, kasama ang mga piling kaibigan at kapartido ng mga nasa puwesto (Only a few are benefiting from the economic gains being boasted, that include selected friends and partymates of those who are in power),” he said.

‘JAIL BINAY PLOT’

Binay also bared a supposed plot of the administration to unseat him and send him to jail ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

But just like in the past when he was being persecuted during martial law, he will not back down from a fight.

“Ngayon, sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, ako ay pinagkakaisahang siraan, hamakin, gipitin, tatanggalin bilang pangalawang pangulo at ipapakulong pa. Ito ay dahil ako ang pangunahing balakid sa kanilang pansariling ambisyon at hangarin. (Now under the present administration, I am being ganged up. They are ganging up to smear, debase, harass, unseat me as vice president, and even send me to jail. This is because I am the primary hindrance to their selfish ambitions and desires),” said Binay, who had repeatedly claimed that the corruption allegations against him are part of a conspiracy of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to eliminate him as a candidate in the 2016 presidential elections.

‘SELECTIVE JUSTICE’

The Vice President also slammed the administration for allegedly letting its allies and partymates get away from doing anomalies.

Even the alleged extortion attempt against a Czech firm for the supply contract at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) was mentioned by Binay in his statement.

“At habang ako ay ginigipit at inuusig, hinahayaan naman nila ang malawakang anomalya ng kanilang mga kasama at kapartido: ang Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), ang Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) ng kanilang mga kakampi, kapartido, at kaibigan; ang pangongotong sa MRT; at ang masaker ng SAF 44 sa Mamasapano (While I am being harassed and persecuted, they are ignoring the widespread anomalies of their allies and partymates: the Disbursement Acceleration Program, the Priority Development Assistance Fund of their allies, partymates and friends; the extortion in the MRT; and the massacre of the 44 members of the Special Action Force in Mamasapano,” he said.

He also slammed the administration for not having officials accountable for withholding the 2013 Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) even if they know that it is the lifeblood of local governments. The Commission on Audit (COA) had earlier exposed the withholding of the IRA for LGUs.

“Ito ang baluktot na hustisya at pamamahala ngayon. Ang umiiral ay selective justice (This is the crooked justice and leadership we have today. What is prevailing is selective justice),” Binay stressed.

“Iba ang hustisya at mga benepisyo ng mga kaibigan at kaalyado ng partidong nasa kapangyarihan. Ngunit, walang hustisya at walang maasahang benepisyo para sa nakararami lalo na sa mga mahihirap (Another kind of justice is applied to friends and allies of the present party in power. While the majority, especially the poor, cannot expect similar kind of justice and benefits),” he added.

‘TAMA NA. SOBRA NA’

The Vice President said he was fed up with such injustice under the present administration.

“Mga kababayan, may hangganan ang pagtitiis ng isang tao. Tama na. Sobra na. Bakit hindi nila ako harapin sa malinis na halalan? (My fellow countrymen, we can only take so much suffering. We’ve had enough. Things have gone too far. Why don’t they just face me in a clean election?),” he asked.

Binay said the administration knows that many of its candidates will not win in a clean and fair election.

“Kaya gagamit sila ng maruruming paraan, sukdulang sila ay magsinungaling, waldasin ang pondo ng bayan, at patuloy na labagin ang batas (That’s why they will resort to dirty tactics, to the point of perpetuating lies, squander public funds, and continue to violate the law),” he said.

NOT BACKING OUT

Binay also took time to thank the public for their continued trust in him despite the “smear campaign against him.”

Earlier this week, a Pulse Asia released the results of its survey conducted this month showing Binay as the most trusted and most approved official in the country.

He also vowed not to back out from the presidential race despite the “persecution” he is going through.

“Kaya ko ang lahat nang ginagawa at gagawin pa nilang pagpapahirap sa akin. Ngunit hindi ko kayang tiisin na magpatuloy ang kahirapan na hinaharap ninyo sa bawat araw (I can take the harassments being done and still to be done to me but I cannot bear to see you continue to suffer from the hardships you suffer everyday),” he said.

“Sa mga kalaban ko sa pulitika, sinasabi ko sa inyo ngayon: Kung ang layunin ninyo ay paatrasin ako sa pagtakbo bilang pangulo sa 2016, nagkakamali kayo. Hindi ako umaatras sa laban. At lalong hindi ko iiwanan ang ating mga mahihirap na kababayan (To my political opponents, I am telling you now: If you intend to make me back out from running for president in 2016, you are making a mistake. I never back down from a fight. All the more, I will never abandon our impoverished countrymen),” he added.

OPPOSITION LEADER

He ended his statement, introducing himself as the “leader of the opposition.”

“Ako po ang inyong pangalawang pangulo, si Jojo Binay, na laging nagsasabi at taas-noong ipinagmamalaki ang pagiging tunay na Pilipino sa puso at gawa. Lagi ninyong kasama sa hirap at ginhawa, at ngayon ay namumuno sa oposisyon (I am your Vice President, Jojo Binay who is always proud in saying that I am a true Filipino at heart and in ways. Someone who will always be with you through thick and thin, and now the leader of the opposition),” he said.


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VP Binay tired of being 'the punching bag' - Abi
The younger Binay said the resignation is not a cutting of personal ties with President Aquino. By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 06/22/2015 4:04 PM | Updated as of 06/23/2015 3:29 AM


SCREENGRAB FROM ABS-CBN VIDEO NEWS--- Binay quits Cabinet posts

MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - With just 4 months to go before formalizing his bid for the presidency, Vice President Jejomar Binay has resigned from his Cabinet posts.

In an interview with radio DZMM, Binay’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail "Abi" Binay, said the vice president is “tired” of being the “punching bag” of Aquino’s allies.

Binay quit as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' (OFW) Concerns.

In a statement, Binay’s camp said the resignation was “irrevocable."

The vice president’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, hand-carried the resignation to the Office of the President on Monday.

“She was accompanied by Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez Jr., chief of staff of the Vice President. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa received the letter around 3:55 p.m. at the Office of the Executive Secretary,” said Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, in a brief statement Monday night, confirmed that the Palace recieved Binay's resignation letter.

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"Secretary [Paquito Ochoa, Jr.] gave the letter to the President, following which the President called up Vice-President Binay to confirm his resignation. Secretary Ochoa will formalize acceptance of the Vice President’s resignation," Coloma said.

NO CUTTING OF PERSONAL TIES

The younger Binay said the resignation is not a cutting of ties with President Aquino.

“I’m not in the right position to say that. Let us just wait for the vice president to issue his statement on the matter. But when he told us of his decision, he seems to be very tired already," she said.

She likened the situation to a boxing match, where her father has been taking all the punches without an opportunity to fight back.

She said the proper term for the situation of her father now is he has become “liberated.”

She said her father’s lament is not directed at President Aquino himself, but at the accusations that he has received over the past few months.

A Senate sub-committee probe into Binay's alleged corrupt acts starting when he was Makati mayor is still ongoing. The Court of Appeals recently ordered the freezing of his and his associates' bank accounts and financial instruments, an indirect result of the months-long probe.

Asked if her father has reached the end of the line, the Makati lawmaker said “puwede (possibly).”

Asked if he can no longer hide his resentment towards his critics, she said “puwede (possibly).”

FIGHTING BACK

The younger Binay said her father can finally fight back by explaining his “policies that he thinks will boost the Filipinos’ welfare.”

The resignation was inevitable because of her father’s 2016 plans, she said.

She said the vice president is not giving up on his presidential bid despite the corruption allegations. She said the Pulse Asia survey on performance and trust ratings of top officials released Monday shows the accusations did not drag down her father’s numbers.

Last week, Binay took a swipe at Aquino’s “daang matuwid (straight path)." He expressed doubt government officials are staying true to Aquino’s mantra.

Asked to comment, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had said it’s up to Binay to decide whether or not to cut his ties with the Cabinet.

Lacierda is with the so-called Balay faction, which supported the vice presidential bid of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in 2010.

Binay, on the other hand, was favored by the so-called Samar faction and Aquino’s sisters.

LINES ARE DRAWN

But the political lines were drawn when Aquino himself said weeks ago that he is not keen on endorsing Binay’s presidential bid.

"Hinahanap ba niya ang suporta ko? 2010, sa ibang grupo sya tumakbo, 2013, nanguna sya ng ibang grupo. Parang medyo ang layo ng kurba," Aquino had said.

Meanwhile, the president has since given a good word or two for Roxas and even Senator Grace Poe, who is now leading in presidential polls.

As HUDCC chief, Binay sat as ex-officio chairman of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), National Housing Authority, Social Housing Finance Corp., National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

As presidential adviser on OFW affairs, Binay was chairman emeritus of the Task Force Against Human Trafficking and Task Force on Illegal Recruitment.



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