LUCBAN, Quezon: There was nothing fishy about Vice President Jejomar Binay’s arrival on Monday here.
The popular official—who was introduced as “the next president” was there for the blessing and inauguration of a fish hatchery in Barangay Kalyaat of this town that is expected to produce a million tilapia and carp as well as giant freshwater prawns or ulang.
Initially, 1,500 tilapia fingerlings were placed as breeders for local farmers in the 1,000 square-meter fish hatchery.
However, Municipal Environmental Officer Ronaldo Narinay said this is just enough for local consumption because there are several native restaurants in Lucban that serve tilapia and carp.
From the fish hatchery, Binay proceeded to the municipal building to inaugurate the Municipal Tourism Office and the new Office for Senior Citizens Affairs.
He was also the guest of honor at the regular monthly meeting of the Quezon Mayor’s League held yesterday at the second floor of the Lucban Municipal Building.
In his speech, Binay laughed when Lucban Mayor Olivier Dator introduced him as the next Philippine president.
“Humahanga ako sa tapang mo, Mayor Dator, sa pagpapakilala mo sa akin bilang presidente. Tiyak na maraming magagalit saiyo [I admire your courage, Mayor Dator, in calling me the next president. I’m sure a lot of people will get mad at you],” Binay said in jest and was widely applauded by some 2,000 residents who gathered for the event.
Since Lucban is a sister town of Makati, Binay said he would extend the same benefits to residents when they visit Makati City.
“Kapag puno na ang Quezon Provincial Hospital, pwede kayong magpagamot sa Ospital ng Makati at tratong taga-Makati ang turing sa inyo [If the Quezon Provincial Hospital is full, you can go to the Ospital ng Makati and you will be treated like Makati residents],” Binay told the crowd.
He added that Makati schools are open to Lucban residents and they will be accorded the same benefits as Makati students.
Binay was accompanied by Quezon 1st Dist. Rep. Mark Enverga and Valenzuela City 1st Dist. Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian.