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Binay vows to become a unifying president

MANILA, Philippines - Saying he has had “enough of vindictiveness” in the current administration, Vice President Jejomar Binay has vowed to be a unifying leader if he gets elected president next year.

“Enough of vindictiveness, enough of creating charges against innocent people. We should really enforce the rule of law,” Binay said in an interview with Bombo Radyo-Pangasinan last Thursday.

Binay, the standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for the 2016 polls, has accused the administration of President Aquino of singling out opposition figures in its purported anti-corruption drive.

Binay maintained that his political opponents are determined to have him behind bars so he cannot run in 2016.

Binay, together with his son Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, is facing plunder charges for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II project.

The Vice President said he is not sure if President Aquino himself is behind the attacks on his family.

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“It’s hard to tell, but I’m very sure that he’s aware of these things,” he said.

When asked if he is prepared to send President Aquino to jail if the latter is prosecuted and convicted for corruption, Binay said “it depends,” but did not elaborate.

The Vice President also rebutted Malacañang officials’ claim that he had kept quiet on vital issues in his five years in the Cabinet.

He said he relayed to the President his opposition to the impeachment of former chief justice Renato Corona.

Binay began his tirades against the Aquino administration a few days after resigning from the Cabinet last month.

“With regard to the case of Justice Corona, I told him (Aquino) you’re wrong because you’re violating the Constitution,” Binay said.

He said his last conversation with the President was when he resigned from the Cabinet last month.

Meanwhile, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho said yesterday the administration should not take credit for the optimism of Filipinos about finding jobs.

 

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