MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay supported President Benigno Aquino's call that reforms introduced during his term will continue beyond 2016.
In his State of the Nation Address on Monday afternoon, Aquino expressly stated that his successor should continue key policies he introduced beginning 2010.
For the Vice-President, he said the people would want a government that is transparent and responsive to their needs.
"Congressional approval of the Freedom of Information (FOI) advances the reform agenda, as it further institutionalizes the principles of accountability and transparency in government. These are core reform principles that I fully support,” Binay said.
He added that the people need leaders who advance the people’s interests, place the nation above self, ready for the job, and ensure that economic growth benefits all.
The vice president released the statement amid criticisms he was disappointed with Aquino’s speech. A news report said he hardly clapped during the address.
“President Aquino spoke from the heart yesterday and I commend him for his candidness and sincerity,” Binay said.
He said the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), where he is chairman, has contributed in pushing forward the administration’s social agenda.
“As part of the Cabinet’s human development and social protection cluster, the housing sector supports the President’s program to deliver beneficial services to the most needy among our people. Indeed, this is one of the bright spots in our nation’s onward march toward inclusive growth and sustainable economic development,” Binay said.