|TV host Vice Ganda responds to Nancy Binay's statement.
MANILA – Television host Vice Ganda stood firm with his statement that he is not impressed with the track record, or the lack of it, of senatorial candidate Nancy Binay.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, Vice Ganda explained why it is impossible for him to appreciate Binay's work as a personal assistant of her parents.
“Ang sinasabi niyang baka hindi ko na-appreciate na nagsilbi siya sa kanyang nanay or sa kanyang tatay, paano ko maappreciate kung nagsilbi man siya sa kanyang nanay or tatay, ang nakinabang noon, 'yung nanay at tatay niya dahil doon siya nagsilbi,” he said.
Vice Ganda said Binay has yet to do something directly for the Filipino people for her to earn his vote.
“Wala pa naman siyang pinagsisilbihan sa mga Pilipino,” he said.
However, Vice Ganda repeatedly said he respects Binay’s right to run for public office.
“May karapatan naman talaga si Nancy Binay na tumakbo bilang senador. May karapatan din naman akong ihayag ang damdamin ko dahil mayroon po tayong Freedom of Expression na nakahayag sa Article 3, Section 4 of the 1987 Revised Constitution of the Philippines,” he said.
According to Vice Ganda, his statement was not a swipe at Binay but a mere mention of a fact.
The “It’s Showtime” host said he is taking the elections seriously because it is the only time citizens can choose who to put in public office.
“Kasi mayroon akong malaking obligasyon eh. Hindi ko na nga sinasabi sa buong mundo o sa Pilipinas pero ako nagbabayad ako ng buwis kaya kailangan ko din naman pangalagaan kung saan mapupunta ang buwis na ibinabayad ko,” he said.
“Mayroon akong mga pamangking maliliit, hindi ko isasaalang-alang ang mga pamangkin kong malilit sa mga bwitre or sa mga taong maaaring mang-abuso sa mga pamangkin kong maliliit. Kaya inaayos ko ang pagboto ko, inaalagaan ko ang pagboto ko. Sa pamamaraang alam ko, hinihikayat ko ang mga taong bumoto ng tama,” he added.
Earlier this week, Vice Ganda mentioned the name of Vice-President Jejomar Binay's daughter when asked if he has any plans to pursue a career in public service.
"Gusto ko president ako agad," Vice Ganda said in jest, "'Yung wala kang background, pero mataas agad, parang 'yung mga pulitiko lang ngayon. Walang background, pero senador agad."
Asked if he is referring to any senatorial bets in particular, the 37-year-old comedian said, "Sila Nancy Binay, sino pa ba?"
Nancy Binay has said she respects Vice Ganda’s opinion since everyone is entitled to it. Binay also said she believes the TV host does not appreciate her former job as personal assistant of her parents.
Binay, who is running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), is the eldest daughter of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay.