Binay: Ex-president remains a dear friend

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CEBU CITY: Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday said he remains friends with former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada after the latter threw his support behind independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe.

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Binay and Poe are running for President in the May 2016 elections.

“Respetuhin natin, kanya-kanya tayo ng decision [Let us respect it, we each have our own decision],” Binay, the standard-bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said when asked on the matter.

When asked if he was surprised with Estrada’s decision, the Vice President replied, “I was busy, proclamation ng anak ko e [it was my daughter’s proclamation].”

He was referring to the proclamation rally on Monday of UNA’s local candidates in Makati City (Metro Manila) including his daughter, Makati Second District Rep. Abigail Binay, who is running for city mayor.

The UNA presidential candidate said he has no hard feelings.

“On my part, we remain to be friends. After all, [he got me as his]Vice President, I cannot forget,” according to Binay.

Estrada ran for President in the 2010 elections and lost while Binay, his running mate, won the vice presidential race.

Further, Binay said his campaign is anchored on direct engagement with the public, when asked if Estrada’s decision has any effect on his.

“’Di ko naman sinasabing balewala. Basta kung may epekto man o wala, makikita natin pagdating ng halalan. Kasi ako I’m talking for and in behalf dun sa mga taong nakausap ko. ‘Di naman ako nakikipag-usap sa inyo tungkol dun sa desisyon ni Erap [I’m not saying it’s nothing. We will see if it has any effect or none when the elections come. Because I’m talking for and in behalf of the people I talked with. I do not talk to you about Erap’s decision],” he pointed out

“Pagkatapos ng eleksyon e di parang walang nangyari. Pulitika lang ‘yan e. Walang personalan [After the elections, then it is as if nothing happened. That’s just politics. It’s nothing personal],” Binay said.

“Kaibigan ‘yun. Kaibigan ang tingin ko kay Presidente Erap [He is a friend. I see him as a friend],” he added.

In an interview on Monday night at the proclamation rally in Makati City, Rep. Abigail Binay told reporters that it was Estrada’s right to endorse Poe.

“’Di ba sa politika, kalaban mo ngayon, kaibigan mo bukas. Ganun lang talaga so…hopefully naman after the elections, ‘di ba lahat naman, isang araw lang naman ang eleksyon, pagkatapos ng lahat magkakaibigan na ulit. Magkakapamilya, magkakakilala [In politics, your enemy today is your friend tomorrow, right? That’s just the way it is so… hopefully after the elections, it is just one day.

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