VP Binay assures UNA’s support for PNoy

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay denied Thursday the allegation of Senator Franklin Drilon that the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is out to make President Benigno Aquino III a ‘lame duck’ President.

In an interview at the sidelines of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), Binay assured that UNA remains supportive of Aquino’s “daang matuwid” and reform agenda.

“Paanong lame duck e nandiyan ang suporta namin?” the Vice President said.

“We are the new opposition—an opposition who will be supportive of matters which the President is undertaking tapos tutulong kami kung kailangan magdagdag kami ng suggestions sa kanilang mga panukala. Pero hindi namin bibitawan na ibunyag, ipaabot sa mamamayan ang maling nangyayari,” he added.

Binay noted that some quarters are just trying to create a wedge between him and the President.

“Talagang iniintriga ang samahan naming dalawa ng Pangulo. Ewan ko kung ano ang purpose nila para kami ay pag-intrigahin. Wala naman kaming dapat pag-intrigahan,” he said.

“I think the President was clear in his statement. Wala naman kaming pinagdaanang diperensya and he is satisfied with the manner by which I am working,” he added.

Earlier, Aquino told reporters at the end of the World Economic Forum in Davos that he does not have any “issues” with the Vice President.

Meanwhile, Binay downplayed claims of administration officials that UNA is taking advantage of the President’s popularity to boost the chances of its senatorial candidates in the coming elections.

“In the first place, mataas din naman ang aking survey, lalo na pag pinagsama mo ang survey ni Jojo Binay, at tsaka ni Senator Enrile, tsaka ni President Erap, kaming mga UNA leaders” the Vice President said.

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