For those who believe in the integrity of Vice President Jejomar Binay, there is no need for additional explanation. But for those who are against VP Binay becoming President in 2016, no explanation is possible.
This, in a nutshell, is how Valenzuela City Congressman Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian of Valenzuela City view the recent speech of VP Binay as he tried to rebut the accusations hurled against him and his family in connection with the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.
Gatchalian, a stalwart of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC), said the vice president’s speech was mainly addressed not to his detractors but to the ordinary Filipinos who have no time to watch the protracted Senate hearings and who care more about the more substantive issues of joblessness and poverty.
“The issue of overpriced building is very complicated for ordinary people to understand. Numbers are hard to understand. The speech crafted in straight Filipino was directed at Juan de la Cruz. And I believe VP Binay delivered his message clearly and simply for everyone to understand,” Gatchalian pointed out.
The lawmaker said VP Binay’s speech was also effective in drawing the line between those who want to help the poor and those who do not care about them “because they come from rich families and their attitude and prejudice is to look down on everyone else.”
In trying to rally the nation behind him, Binay directed his plea to the poor, criticizing the Aquino administration for failing to deal with poverty.
“I couldn’t agree more with VP Binay when he said that his fight was for those who, day in and day out, must fall in line to get a ride on the MRT and the LRT, braving the traffic and flood, and going home at night with fear in their hearts because of rampant criminality,” said Gatchalian.
Gatchalian said it is the Filipino people who will act as the ultimate judge whether VP Binay is fit to become president in 2016.