VICE President Jejomar Binay has vowed to provide Filipinos a better quality of life because he understands how to be poor.
“Humaharap ako sa inyong muli upang hingin ang inyong suporta sa paglaban ho natin sa kahirapan. Iyang kahirapan, problema noon, problema pa hanggang ngayon [Let us fight poverty together. Poverty was a problem then, it is still a problem now],” Binay said in a campaign rally in Tabaco City, Albay, in the Bicol Region attended by around 10,000 supporters on Wednesday.
The party earlier held a campaign sortie in Sorsogon City, also in Bicol, where 5,000 supporters gathered.
“Kung ako ang maboto ninyo, palagay ko hindi kayo magsisisi. Noong kayo ibinoto ninyo ako bilang Pangalawang Pangulo, nagtrabaho ako. Makamahirap po ako, katulad din po ako ni Manny Pacquiao, nagdaan sa kahirapan [You won’t regret it if you vote for me. I worked hard after you chose me as your Vice President. I am for the poor, like Manny Pacquiao],” said Binay, the standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 9 elections.
Pacquiao is running for senator under the UNA ticket.
Binay said he will continue nationwide the anti-poverty programs he had started as mayor of Makati City (Metro Manila).
“Maipagmamalaki ko sa inyo na sa Makati, walang namamatay na mahirap dahil sa sakit at dahil sa kahirapan. Wala po iyon. Iyon po ang aking ipinapangakong gagawin ko sa inyo [In Makati, the poor don’t die from sickness and because of poverty],” the Vice President added.
Albay registered a 39.2 percent poverty incidence rate in the first quarter of 2015, while Sorsogon had a 44.8 percent poverty incidence rate during the same period.
Makati’s social programs, under Binay, 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.
Binay said human rights, including the dignity of women, will be respected under his administration.
“Ako ho nirerespeto ko ang buhay ng bawat tao. Binibigyan ko ng dignidad ang mga babae. Hindi ko binabastos [I respect the life of every person. I respect the dignity of women. I don’t treat them badly],” he added.
The Vice President said voters would be sorry if they would vote for another candidate who does not respect human life.
“Boboto kayo sa kandidatong ito, pagka-nanalo iyan, pinatay ang inyong anak, yung asawa ninyo dahil sa napagkamalan o pinagsususpetsahang may kasalanan, iiyak lang kayo [If you vote for this candidate, if he wins, and then he kills your child, your wife, because they have been suspected of wrongdoing, you won’t be able to do anything but cry],” Binay added.
He was joined by Pacquiao and other UNA senatorial candidates–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.
Local UNA allies and candidates, led by Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee and Tabaco City mayoralty candidate Noel Que, welcomed the Binay party to their respective localities.