Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday set aside his personal concerns to give priority to victims of Typhoon Luis.
Instead of addressing allegations of graft and corruption hurled by his critics, Binay flew to Cagayan and Isabela to assess the damage wrought by the typhoon and see to the needs of victims.
The Vice President was scheduled to appear on television at 2 p.m. on Monday to refute allegations that the Makati City Hall Building 2 was overpriced.
“There will be an appropriate time to address the issues raised during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing. The Vice President believes the needs of the typhoon victims are immediate and should be attended to,” said Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman on political concerns.
Remulla added that the Vice President postponed his television address for later this week.
“Work continues for the Vice President amid accusations against him and his family. Right now, his priority is the welfare of the people of Cagayan and Isabela who are suffering from the onslaught of Typhoon Luis,” he said.
The Vice President visited the towns of Peñablanca, Iguig, Amulong and Alcala in Cagayan.
He is also expected to extend help to typhoon survivors in Isabela, his home province.
The camp of Binay earlier decried the conduct of an inquiry into the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 led by Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, saying the investigation was not in aid of legislation but in aid of political demolition.
It also deplored the acceptance into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the three main detractors of the Vice President who claimed that Binay benefited from all projects when he was Makati City mayor.