Binay was not heckled, claims Roque

Thea Alberto-Masakayan,

Posted at Sep 16 2015 05:29 PM | Updated as of Sep 17 2015 02:39 AM

Amid viral videos of Vice President Jejomar Binay answering hard-hitting questions from students of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), an ally claims the VP was still happy with how the event turned out.

WATCH: Binay grilled at UPLB forum

Lawyer Harry Roque, who was with Binay at the D.L. Umali stage at the UPLB Forum, said Binay did well.

When asked about Binay's mood after the event, Roque said the VP was "happy." But they now know much needs to be done, he added.

"What I can say is he needs to work on it, connect with the millennial generation," said Roque.

Binay was in UPLB to speak before students and faculty members about governance, transparency, and social transformation.

The vice president took the opportunity to talk about his accomplishments as vice president and Makati City mayor.

In his speech, Binay downplayed the corruption allegations being hurled against him and boasted how he was able to uplift the lives of residents of Makati with quality education and health care services.

The vice president also had scathing words for the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee for its investigation into various accusations of corruption against him.

But despite the strongly worded speech criticizing his opponents and the current administration, Binay's usual remarks did not turn out to be the highlight of the day.


Roque claimed that the 2016 presidential hopeful was not booed at the event.

"I don't think he was heckled. From the stage, you couldn't hear it," said Roque, who will run for Senator in 2016 under Binay's United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

He admitted however that some students "were not too happy with his answers."

"I concede they did not like the answer...but he [Binay] didn't leave until he answered everything," said Roque in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News Wednesday.

Roque emphasized that Binay did well by staying on, despite being bombarded with argumentative queries.

READ: VP Binay jeered at UPLB forum

"He stayed on and answered; he showed up and answered...he left UPLB at 9 PM. Is that the attitude of someone who was booed?"

- With reports from Aaron Lozada