Gov’t infra spending still below target – Binay camp

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While government infrastructure spending increased by 24.3 percent from January to September this year, it was still way below the P289.3-billion target, the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Thursday.

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Rico Quicho, Binay spokesman on political affairs, refuted a comment of his Malacañang counterpart, Edwin Lacierda, that the Vice President was not abreast of government spending, saying Lacierda was not telling the entire story.

“Huli na raw sa balita si Vice President Binay dahil wala ng underspending. Ang tinutukoy marahil ni Attorney Lacierda ay ang report ng kanilang kapartido na si Secretary Abad na tumaas ng 24.3 percent ang government infrastructure spending mula Enero hanggang Setyembre ngayong taon [Lacierda said Binay is behind the news on underspending. What he might be referring to is a report of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad that government infrastructure spending increased by 24.3 percent from January to June this year]” Quicho said.

“Ang nakalimutan sabihin ni Attorney Lacierda, dahil sa kanyang pagmu-moonlight bilang tagapagsalita rin ng pambato sa pagka-Pangulo ng Liberal Party [LP], ay labing-anim na porsiyentong mas mababa pa rin sa kanilang target na P289.3 billion ang binabanggit niyang pagtaas [What Lacierda forgot to mention because he has been busy acting as spokesman for LP standard-bearer in the 2016 elections is that such spending is still 16 percent below their target of P289.3 billion],” he added.

Quicho scoffed at Lacierda’s remark that the only reason Binay was criticizing the administration was that the Vice President failed to get President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s endorsement for next year’s polls.

He conceded that Aquino’s endorsement helps but it is not the only one being sought by candidates.

Quicho said endorsement by businessmen and the poor, among others, are much more important.

According to Binay’s spokesman, it was clear Lacierda was only listening to his “LP boss” when the Palace spokesman claimed Binay’s quality of life only improved because of unexplained wealth.

“The Vice President has sent a notarized affidavit to answer the baseless graft charges of the runaway Senate sub-committee but it was simply set aside,” Quicho said.

“The two senators now running for higher posts and the other one actively supporting a rival of the Vice President in 2016 clearly show the motive of the longest running Senate hearing in the world—demolition by perception,” he added, referring to Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th.

“Throw in a smear campaign against the opposition and deception of the people,” Quicho said.

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