Vice President Jejomar Binay took his campaign to Laguna province on Wednesday and again vowed to ease the burden of workers who he said are being taxed heavily.
Binay’s first stop was Barangay Landayan in San Pedro. He visited the Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre (Santo Sepulcro Parish) and had his forehead smeared with ashes.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan, the vice presidential candidate of Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and E.R. Ejercito, who is again running as governor of Laguna, accompanied Binay. They too, joined the Ash Wednesday rites.
UNA’s senatorial bets took part in the San Pedro motorcade.
Binay said he will reduce income tax and provide free medicine to the poor and school supplies to students.
“Kasama ho ‘yan doon sa pag-angat sa buhay ng mga mahihirap. Biro mo ‘yong mga salaried employees doble-doble ang binabayaran niyan. Merong direct taxation at merong indirect taxation [That will be part of the poverty alleviation program. Imagine, salaried employees pay double. There is direct taxation and indirect taxation],” he told reporters.
“So, uulitin ko, ako ho ay nakikiusap sa ating Kongreso na ‘yong mga sumusweldo ng P30,000 and below, hindi na magbabayad ng income tax. Kaya ng gobyerno ‘yon. May compensating measures doon [So, I am again appealing to Congress to exempt those earning P30,000 and below from paying income tax. The government can do it. There are compensating measures for it],” the Vice President said.
He added that the lost revenues from income tax can be compensated if the government curbs smuggling.
Binay next visited Malaban in Biñan where he gave a brief speech at a covered court before heading to Santa Rosa. Men, women and children, young and old, waited under a searing sun for the Vice President’s caravan to pass.
The UNA caravan also visited Santa Rosa as well as Barangay Marinig in Cabuyao. Its final stop was historic Calamba.
Binay will also be campaigning in Cavite and Batangas.
In the sorties, UNA gave out T-shirts and candies after speeches were delivered.
When asked about his health regimen, Binay told reporters: “Ewan ko. Laki naman ako sa hirap. ‘Yong mga iba diyan, ‘yong mga tumanda na sila nakapag-isip na mag-exercise o kung ano. Batak ako sa trabaho [I don’t know. I grew up in poverty. The others, they only thought of exercising when they grew old. I am used to working].”
Binay said he had just completed his annual medical examination and the results were “really good.”
“Sabi pa nga ng doktor, baka gusto ko na naman ulit mag-badminton. Pero, hindi na. Unang-una, ang badminton ay isang sports na napasukan ko na andami kong naging injury. Natamaan pa ako sa mata at laging namamaga ang tuhod ko. Pero I’m really in good health. [The doctor even said that I can go back to playing badminton again. But I don’t want to. I sustained so many injuries when I was playing badminton. I got hit in the eye and my knees were always swollen. But I’m really in good health],” he added.