MANILA (UPDATED) - Vice President Jejomar Binay has shrugged off the way some students asked questions during the Forum on Governance, Transparency and Social Transformation in University of the Philippines in Los Baños Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at the Mining Philippines 2015 International Conference and Exhibition at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City, Binay said he found just one of the questions disrespectful.
"Ah iyong isa lang naman iyon, iyong parang sabi, hindi ka naman nagsasabi ng totoo eh, taga-Mandaluyong ka naman, iyong kanyang charges hindi naman totoo 'yon. Pero that's part of it," he explained.
During the forum, a student asked the vice-president why there were still a lot of informal settlers in Makati despite his claim that the city had solved the informal settler problem under his leadership.
"Bakit po sa Makati marami pa ring informal settlers?" the student asked.
Instead of answering the question, the vice-president asked: "Sa Makati? Excuse me, taga-saan ka ba?"
When the student said he was from Mandaluyong, Binay said: "Yun."
He then challenged the student: "Ituro mo sa akin nasaan ang informal settler."
The student then replied: "Hanapin n‘yo na lang po, sir. ‘Di niyo pa po siguro nakikita."
The response drew loud cheers from the audience of mostly UPLB students.
The vice-president then admitted only three to five percent of Makati residents are informal settlers.
"Alam mo, partner, kami siguro mga 3 o 5 percent na lang ang informal settlers sa Makati, ha," Binay said.
"Eh di meron pa rin po. Sabi niyo po wala eh," the student said, eliciting more cheers.
Binay then replied: "Siguro yung 3 percent pwede mo na sabihin wala."
'NAG ENJOY AKO'
The vice president said he enjoyed the experience and that he was glad to be back to UP.
"Hindi, nag enjoy ako noon. Back to the good old days, biruin mo nakita ko na naman talagang 'yon parin ang UP (University of the Philippines) kasi kung hindi nangyari 'yon hindi UP 'yong pinuntahan ko."
For Binay, the questions asked by the students may have been an effect of what they have read on social media.
"Mukhang 'yong influence ng social media kabit na kabit," he added.
He also said he does not see anything wrong with Senator Grace Poe announcing her plans in UP.
"Hindi naman. May academic freedom ang UP. And there's no such thing as apolitical. Kita mo hindi naging issue iyong issue doon sa Cavite (State University). Sa UP, kilalang kilala iyon academic freedom kaya nga kita mo mayroon pa ngang iyong aming --. So kahit nandoon, okay lang iyon," he added.
Students of UPLB engaged Binay in a spirited discussion on topics ranging from informal settlers in Makati to corruption allegations.
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.
The students also asked Binay on different issues including extrajudicial killings, informal settlers and allegations of corruptions. -- with a report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News