To uplift the lives of Filipinos, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay has vowed to implement nationwide anti-poverty programs he started during his term as Makati City (Metro Manila) mayor.
“Yun hong nagawa ko sa Makati gagawin ko sa buong bansa. Ako ay laki sa hirap. Alam ko po ang hirap. Kaya noong ako ay magkaroon ng katungkulan ay yun hong pro-poor talagang nananalaytay sa akin [What I did in Makati, I will do nationwide. I grew up poor. I know poverty. When I became mayor, my pro-poor bias further ran in my veins],” Binay said in Sagñay, Camarines Sur.
“Yun hong pangkat ng UNA, ang amin hong ipinagsisigawan, aangat ho ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino. Aangat ho tayo sa kahirapan, iyan po ang aming ipinapangako sa inyong lahat [We in UNA believe that we can make the lives of Filipinos better. I promise you that we will be able to rise from poverty],” he added.
Binay said poverty is a cause of criminality in the country.
His social programs in Makati, meanwhile, resulted in lowering of the poverty rates in the city.
From a poverty incidence of 3.74 percent in 2000, it went down to 0.5 percent by 2012, or 2,000 individuals out of a resident population of 650,000.
The Vice President said that he will give free school supplies for students and health services for the poor.
“Aangat ang buhay dahil libre lahat ang kailangan ng mga bata sa eskwelahan. Libre uniporme, libre textbooks, lahat po ng pangangailangan, libre. Nagawa ko po iyan sa Makati. May pinanggalingan na ho ako diyan. Gagawin ko rin ho na walang mamamatay sa sakit ang isang mahirap [Everything will be free, uniforms, textbooks, everything. I will see to it that nobody dies from sickness because he is poor],” Binay added.
He was joined by his running mate Sen. Gregorio Honasan, senatorial candidates Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas Jr., broadcaster Rey Langit, Parañaque City (Metro Manila) councilor Alma Moreno, Sulu Princess Jacel Kiram and labor lawyer Allan Montaño.
They were joined by local UNA candidates and allies, led by Camarines Sur gubernatorial candidate Tigaon Mayor Arnie Fuentebella, vice gubernatorial candidate Peachy Alfelor, Camarines Sur Fourth District Rep. Wimpy Fuentebella and former House Speaker Noli Fuentebella. Former Camarines Sur governor Luis Villafuerte was also present in a news conference earlier.
The party also held a motorcade, which passed through the towns of Tigaon, Goa, San Jose and Lagonoy, before ending with a campaign rally at the Sagñay Sports Complex.