Binay tells Lanuza: I can help you, but...

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2014 03:33 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2014 11:33 PM

MANILA - Dondon Lanuza, the former overseas Filipino worker who was saved from death row in the Middle East, would have to strive harder to get a job after Vice President Jejomar Binay announced publicly that there is no vacancy in his office.

Binay said he was surprised upon hearing Lanuza’s appeal and told reporters that his office has not received any communication from him.

He said Lanuza always calls his office, telling him stories of the hardships of getting a job.

"Wala kasi akong alam na vacancy sa opisina ko. Pero ang maipapayo ko, mag-apply ka, Baka maswertehan na kakilala ko pa ma-applyan mo," he told Lanuza.

Binay said when he was a struggling graduate, he labored to find a job position and even submitted several applications to various human resources officers.

In a letter to Binay on Sunday, Lanuza appealed for assistance to “start anew,” noting it has been hard for him to look for jobs and sustain his financial needs.

“It has always been a daily struggle that’s why I humbly ask for your consideration for any jobs available in your kind office. I’ve tried numerous times to apply to any jobs available; however, the competition with the newly graduates and the professionals is quite high,” he told Binay.

He appealed for financial help while waiting for a job offer.

Lanuza, who recently admitted suffering from depression, said he is striving hard to get his life back.

“Currently, after being released from the most traumatic point of my life, I’m still in the process of getting my life back together,” he said.