Why PNoy, Binay were laughing during PMA rites

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - What were President Aquino and Vice-President Jejomar Binay laughing about when they saw each other at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation rites?

The Vice-President said he was actually ribbing the President about the graduates. Binay pointed out the 1st and 3rd placers in the class - Cadet First Class Kristian Daeve Abiqui and Cadet First Class Arby Jurist Cabrera - are his kababayan or provincemates, while the class goat, the last placer, is the President's kababayan from Tarlac.

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"Sabi ko sa kanya: 'Mr. President, yung valedictorian IP yun IP. Ibanag.' Natutuwa ako doon. Ibanag po siya, grade school niya sa bayan ng nanay ko. Dalawa yun na taga Isabela. Number 1 and Number 3, taga Isabela. Kaya kami nagtatawanan, yung pinakahuling tawag goat. Yung goat sa PMA. Sabi ko sa kanya: 'Mr. President, balita ko kababayan mo daw yun tiga-Tarlac.' Sabi niya: 'Oo nga.' Di makatingin sa akin," he said.

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The country's top two officials have had frosty relations since middle of 2015 when Binay quit the Aquino Cabinet to run for president. Since then, he has criticized the administration for its wrongdoings and failings.

Meantime, Binay refused to comment if he already has the support of former President turned Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. This after Estrada's wife, Loi, hosted a meal for Binay's party last week.

"Ayoko mag-speculate," Binay said.

"Actions speak louder than words. Ang layo ng binyahe nila Doctora, five hours ata ang byahe mula Maynila. Ngayon lang ako nakapunta sa bahay na yun, akala ko sa Manggahan kakain. Maganda, maluwang."

Binay also dismissed a Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism report that said a contractor had placed many negative advertisements against him.

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