Clinton aide shouts at VP Binay, apologizes

By Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2010 04:57 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2010 01:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A female staff member from the Clinton Foundation shouted at Vice-President Jejomar Binay and asked him to leave a VIP area where former US President Bill Clinton was staying before his speech at the Manila Hotel.

Binay said he was shooed away by the staffer from the VIP holding area where Clinton would wait before speaking at the Manila Hotel forum entitled "Embracing Our Common Humanity."

"Sabi ko lang (I said) you're ordering us to leave the room, but don't shout. You know I happen to be the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines," the vice president recounted saying to the female staffer.

Binay said that he obediently exited the VIP room and that the female staffer immediately apologized to him.

"Sabi ko OK lang. Kailangan titindig tayo at punahin iyon (I told her it was OK. We should stand up and call their attention to their mistakes also)," the vice president added.

He added that Filipinos should always hold their heads high especially when they are being mocked and disrespected. "Sana lagi taas noo tayo kapag tayo minamata o hindi ginagalang," he said.

A staff member from the Office of the Vice President said that they will write a letter to the Clinton Foundation to seek clarification on the incident.

The staff said they made arrangements with the US Secret Service for the presence of Binay at the event.

The Clinton Foundation staff member who shouted at the Vice-President said she was not informed by the US Secret Service about the arrangements made for Binay.