UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay on Wednesday said he sees a big win in the “Solid North” and vowed to lead a healing and unifying administration once elected President.
Binay said in Cauayan, Isabela, that among the presidential candidates, he is the only one from Northern Luzon.
He also won big in the region in 2010 despite the absence of support from most local officials.
“Ni minsan hindi pa nagkaroon ng taga-Isabelang Pangulo. Pero ang importante, hindi ninyo naman ako ikahihiya kapag ako ay ibinoto ninyo [We have not had a President from Isabela. But what is important is that you won’t be disappointed if you vote for me],” he said in a campaign speech before some 10,000 residents.
The Vice President, who spoke mostly in Ibanag, said aside from tracing his roots to Isabela, he is the most qualified and fit to become the nation’s new leader.
Binay’s mother, the late Lourdes Cabauatan, is from Cabagan, Isabela.
According to the Vice President, politics will not stand in the way of his friendship with Isabela Gov. Faustino Dy 3rd and his plans for the region as well as the country.
Dy is a member of the Liberal Party (LP) that is led by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Binay said he will work to make Isabela more accessible and promised more infrastructure projects for the province, among them extending the North Luzon Expressway all the way to Isabela and upgrading the facilities of the Cauayan airport.
Dy later hosted lunch for the Vice President and other UNA candidates, which was attended by at least 18 mayors, other local officials, provincial board members, heads of sectoral groups, Councilors’ League and Liga ng mga Barangay.
UNA senatorial candidates Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, broadcaster Rey Langit, former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas Jr., labor lawyerAllan Montaño and Parañaque City (Metro Manila) Councilor Alma Moreno accompanied Binay.
They and the Vice President held a motorcade through Cauayan, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Alicia and Echague.
A grand rally is scheduled at the University of La Salette in Santiago City.
Earlier, Binay vowed in Panay that he will lead a “healing and unifying” administration.
“[Enough of selective justice. Enough of vindictiveness. I would be leading a healing administration],” he said in an interview in San Jose, Antique.
“[But] more than anything, sa pamumuno ni Jojo Binay, aangat ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino [under the presidency of Jojo Binay, every Filipino’s life will get better],” theVice President added.
In a speech in Roxas City, Capiz, the UNA presidential candidate noted that poverty remains to be the top issue hounding the country.
In previous speeches, Binay vowed to intensify job-generation efforts under his administration to address poverty.
He also pledged to abolish the income tax of those earning P30,000 or below; improve and expand the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); provide free books, uniforms, school supplies to public students; and provide free health services for the poor.