THE camp of Vice President and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential bet Jejomar Binay lashed back at Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda for calling the opposition leader an “expert in corruption.”
“The Vice President will not be distracted by petty name calling from the unpresidential spokesperson. Makati speaks for itself. The Vice President will focus on delivering his message that poverty must be addressed immediately, and quality education and proper healthcare must be available to our people,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s campaign spokesman, said.
He challenged Lacierda to leave the comforts of his office and mingle with the poor to better understand their plight.
“Ang problema kay Sec. Lacierda, lagi lang siyang nagpapalamig sa kaniyang opisina kaya bulag at manhid siya sa katotohanan na ang mahihirap ay sadyang lugmok pa rin sa kahirapan dahil sa kawalan ng pagkalinga ng pamahalaan (The problem with Secretary Lacierda is that he is always in his office that’s why he is blind and numb to the plight of the poor who have been neglected by the government),” Quicho quipped.
Lacierda earlier reacted to Binay’s allegations that the P100 billion Bottom Up Budgeting (BuB) program was meant to “bribe” voters.
“I suppose that’s how VP intends to govern, to be bribed and to bribe. That’s why he is the expert in corruption, and a joker when [he]talks about good governance,” Lacierda said.
“Maybe he really walks the talk because he loves to talk about bribing,” he added.
Quicho countered that Lacierda’s “character assassination” will not be given weight by the vice president, who continues to dominate preelection surveys.
He maintained that the vice president will make sure that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the Conditional Cash Transfer Program, will be “continued, improved and expanded” to include senior citizens aged 60 to 64.