MANILA -- For Vice President Jejomar Binay, the country's next president should not just have competence and expertise, but “executive experience.”
In a statement, Binay said: “’Yong iba, may mga experience e. Pero ang pinag-uusapan natin dito, ‘yong experience and competence as an executive. Para lang bang may ipapagawa kayong bahay, kailangan mo ng karpintero, kailangan mo ng magaling na karpintero. Hindi mo kailangan ng tubero. Magaling ‘yong tubero sa paggagawa ng tubo. ‘Yong mga karpintero, sa paggagawa ng bahay. ‘Yong iba siguro, merong competence and experience, pero hindi executive experience.”
He also clarified that he was not referring to anyone when he made a statement last week on the need for the next leader to primarily have competence.
“Wala akong pinapatamaan. Kaya nga maliwanag ako sa ’yo baka ho ako ma-spin diyan a. Ako, no’ng sinabi ko from my point of view, ako, ipi-presenta ako ‘yong sarili ko ang sarili ko bilang pangulo sa pagkapangulo sa issue ng kakayahan at karanasan. Kung sila ay nagagalit do’n, aba ‘yon ho ang presentasyon ko. Wala naman akong tinutukoy do’n. Ngayon, kung nagagalit sila, baka hindi po sila payag sa issue na ‘yon. Pero, akin po ‘yon. That’s how I present myself as a candidate for president by 2016,” he said.
Senator Grace Poe twitted Binay last week, saying honesty and integrity are paramount over experience.
The newbie senator, whose name is slowly inching up in presidential surveys, went on to say that Binay should be transparent in answering all corruption allegations against him.
“Basta’t ako, ang aking paniwala – at ito ho ang idudulog ko sa mga tao – ang kailangan pong mamuno sa ating bansa ay may kakayahan at meron pong karanasan. ‘Yan na ho ngayon ang ginagawa lalo na sa private sector. Sa private sector, hindi na ho basta-basta kumukuha ng president o CEO na walang experience at walang track record, may executive experience,” Binay said.
Poe also thumbed down a possible tandem with Binay in 2016, saying they have different leadership aims. It was Binay’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, broached the idea of a tandem with Poe.
Binay said the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has already put up a screening committee to recommend a running mate and that they are still assessing several personalities.
“Alam mo, sinasabi ko lang diyan, meron kaming search committee. Kino-consider namin [kung sino ang kukunin]. Kasi, ‘pag sinasabing hindi tatanggapin, hindi naman namin inaalok, hindi naman namin kinukuha. Kino-consider pa lang,” he said.