Binay to voters: Duterte must not become President
Andrew Jonathan S. Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News
MANILA - As his standing in the presidential surveys slips, Vice President Jejomar Binay urged voters in Muntinlupa City Tuesday to make sure survey frontrunner Mayor Rodrigo Duterte does not win the elections this May.
"Pare-pareho tayong mayroong responsibilidad. Si Duterte hindi dapat maging pangulo!" Binay said at a rally of his local allies in a government housing project in Muntinlupa.
The vice president went straight for the Davao City mayor in his speech, warning that a Duterte presidency would be "worse than martial law," which Binay fought as a human rights lawyer.
Calling Duterte "mayabang" and "berdugo,” Binay said the poor will be the casualties of Duterte's campaign promise to rid the Philippines of criminality in three to six months.
"Si Duterte sa kayabangan, pinagmamalaki na 'Lulutasin ko ang kriminalidad.' Sa paanong paraan? Papatayin (niya) ang lahat ng mahihirap at kanyang pinagsususpetsahang nagkamali at di sumusunod sa batas." he said.
For Binay, doing so under a democracy would be "inhuman", "ungodly" and a "violation of human rights."
Binay cited reports of vigilante killings in Davao City which allegedly targeted the poor and mistakenly downed innocent civilians, among them minors.
"Importante ay magtulong-tulong tayo na sabihan ang lahat. Kapag dumating ang pagkakataong maging pangulo si Duterte, ang mga kapamilya mo mapagbintangan lang papatayin na," Binay said.
Binay also called out Duterte on his supposed disrespectful treatment of women.
"Mga kababaihan, dapat magalit tayo sa taong ito. Ipinagmamayabang pa niya ang kawalan niya ng respeto sa babae," he said.
In contrast, Binay said he would fight for the poor as president. Instead of ending their lives, he would prolong it by solving poverty. Binay said he would provide social services, as he said he did as mayor for nearly three decades.
"Ang problema sa kriminalidad at hanapbuhay, ang dahilan ay kahirapan. Noong naging mayor ako ng Makati, pinilit kong maiangat ang buhay ng bawat tao," he said.
Binay is now on the offensive as Duterte claimed the top spot in the SWS and Pulse Asia surveys released this week, where he enjoyed a lead over previous frontrunner Grace Poe.
Duterte on Monday answered Binay's "berdugo" tag by calling "berdugo ng pera ng bayan," referring to corruption allegations against the vice president.
NOT JUST DIGONG
While he only mentioned Duterte by name, Binay also took potshots at their other rivals, Sen. Grace Poe and former Interior Sec. Mar Roxas without naming them.
Binay pointed out that he had the most extensive experience in government, unlike one candidate who was inexperienced and another who only had blunders for his experience.
He alluded to Grace Poe's renouncement of her Philippine citizenship when their family migrated to the United States.
"May isang kandidato diyan, natulog lang, paggising gusto na maging pangulo. Ano ang naging karanasan mo? Wala kang karanasan sa pamumuno ng isang ahensya ng pamahalaan. Ang karanasan mo ay karanasan ng pagiging Amerikano!" he said.
"Ni minsan hindi ko naisip na itakwil at ikahiya ko ang pagka-Pilipino ko! Hindi tulad ng kandidatong iyan. Wow! Tuwang-tuwa noong sumusumpa: 'Itinatakwil ko, ikinahihiya ko ang pagiging Pilipino ko. Hindi naman ho dapat siguro maging pangulo yung mga may ganyang mentalidad," Binay said.
Binay meanwhile criticized Roxas's experience as head of the transport, interior and trade agencies, calling it "teka, teka."
"Yung isang kandidato, may karanasan nga. Pero anong karanasan niya sa pamumuno? Naging DOTC, naging DILG, naging DTI. Ang karanasan niya 'Teka, teka'--hindi gumagawa ng desisyon. Bukod sa 'teka, teka', ang karanasan natin sa taong ito puros kapalpakan."
Binay cited the management of the Metro Rail Transit, which has gone through inconveniences for its riders in recent years.
OWNING THEIR HOMES
Binay campaigned with the slate of his ally, former Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, at the Southville 3 Housing Project, a government relocation site located near the National Bilibid Prisons.
Binay drew the biggest cheers from the audience of housing beneficiaries as he talked about his plan to change government-provided housing. Before the campaign, Binay headed the National Housing Authority.
Binay said that under his administration, housing beneficiaries would rent to own their units and land lots, unlike the current usufruct system where beneficiaries would merely use the houses without claiming them as their own.
Binay said that unlike other candidates, he would deliver on his campaign promises.
"Ako ay magaling na administrator, manager, decisive ako as a leader. I hit the ground running, makikita niyo ang isang pangulong may executive ability.
"Mangyayari po iyan at makatitiyak kayo pagkatapos ng pamumuno ko ng 6 na taon, sasabihin niyong tunay nga kay Jojo Binay gumanda ang buhay."