Binay: No one can equal my track record
Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News
VP'S PARTING SHOT: Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday trumpeted his long years in public service, maintaining that none of his presidential rivals comes close to his track record.
In his closing statement for the last PiliPinas Debates, Binay stressed that most of the campaign platforms espoused by candidates were formulated by their advisers.
Competency and sufficient experience, he said, are needed for candidates to achieve these plans.
"Ito pong mga pangakong ito, balewala po iyan. Karamihan nga po sa mga programang iyan, kung hindi man galing sa kandidato e karamihan, doon po sa mga adviser nila," the 73-year-old presidential aspirant said.
"Ang importante po, ang magiging Pangulo po ba ay may kakayahang ipatupad iyung kanyang ipinapangako? Mayroon bang track record? May karanasan ba ho; kung may karanasan, baka puro naman kapalpakan."
He said his own track record and experiences in public service are unequaled by other presidential candidates.
"Ito po, si Jojo Binay, sa lawak ng karanasan e wala na pong makakapantay sa aking karanasan bilang nanungkulan sa executive department ng ating bansa," he said.
VP LAYS CLAIM TO MAKATI PROGRESS
The veteran politician said that among his achievements is turning Makati City into the nation's financial district and Manila's own version of Wall Street.
Binay, who was Makati mayor for 21 years, said that rampant poverty plagued the city before his leadership.
He also said that the challenges the next President will face are the same problems he conquered in Makati.
"Noon pong aking madatnan ang Makati, iyung problema pong haharapin ng Pangulo, naharap ko po iyan," he said.
"Inabutan ko po sa Makati, iyung mga taga-Makati, kumakain pa ng kanin at bagoong lang... Sa tamang pamamahala ni Jojo Binay, angat ang naging pamumuhay ng mga taga-Makati."
Binay also listed his earlier roles as governor of Metro Manila, three-time chairman of the capital's development council and housing czar.
Binay also touched on the corruption allegations saddling his candidacy.
He said the accusations of ill-gotten wealth that his rivals raised anew in Sunday's debate were issues that he has repeatedly addressed.
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer reiterated that his detractors "were playing at being deaf and blind" to his explanations.
"Narinig din ninyo na naman iyung lumang issue na puros bintang, bintang, bintang na wala namang kinahinitnan, na ako ay nahatulan," he said.
"Bintang sa akin, hindi raw ako nagpapaliwanag. Sabi ko, kung ayaw tingnan ay nagbubulag-bulagan; kung ayaw pakinggan ang paliwanag e nagbibingi-bingihan."
Binay also thanked his families for their loyalty to him, despite the similar corruption charges allegedly hurled against them to mar his candidacy.
He ended his debate performance with a promise to always focus on uplifting the lives of Filipinos if he is elected.
"Bilang Pangulo, lagi kong iisipin kung paano ko maiaangat ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino," he said.
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Binay was investigated by the Senate, Ombudsman, and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for allegedly pocketing millions of pesos in his stint as Makati mayor.
The Ombudsman has indicted Binay and his son, dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, for the allegedly anomalous bidding and construction of the P2.28 billion-Makati City Hall Building II.
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Binay's wife, Dr. Elenita Binay, is also tagged in the purchase of medical equipment supposedly overpriced by P61.2 million.
The Binay family has brushed off these charges as part of a black propaganda aimed at discrediting the Vice President.
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