LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: Vice President Jejomar Binay believes that he can make things happen if he is elected President next year because he had implemented the promises being made by his contenders in the presidential elections.
“All candidates are promising something but at the end of the day, I’ve done all the things they are promising. I have a good track record, I’m a good manager. I could make things happen, so, if I’m elected President, I can walk the talk,” Binay said in a radio interview with Dante Maravillas over dzGB radio station in this city.
He added that if he wins, he will introduce hybrid rice to help farmers recover from the impact of natural disasters.
Binay deplored the Aquino administration’s lack of vision to address water scarcity.
“We don’t want to experience water crisis in the future,” he said.
The Vice President also criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for his failure to make the much-touted economic growth inclusive.
“The Philippine economy, according to the administration, is growing tremendously. Unfortunately, we have the highest number of poor families. This reported economic growth is not trickling down to the poor,” he said.
According to Binay, he will also push expanded health care and education programs.
He vowed to continue the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program for the poor.
The Vice President flew to Bicol for a two-day sortie with members of his senatorial slate.
Binay’s camp challenged the Aquino administration to explain why poverty worsened in the country, proof, it said, of the failure of its Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap (Where no one is corrupt, no one is poor) campaign slogan.
Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, said poverty and corruption persist despite Aquino’s promise of a better life five years ago.
“The administration should retire this tired slogan. Mas dumami ang mahihirap pagkatapos ng limang taon. Mas marami ang nagugutom. Mas marami ang walang trabaho at naghahanap ng trabaho [The number of poor and jobless Filipinos grew],” Quicho noted.
“The administration must man up to the reality that it has failed to deliver on its promise to the people to address poverty,” he said.
Results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey in September showed that 50 percent of respondents or around 11 million see themselves as poor.
Quicho said instead of “spouting empty promises,” the Aquino administration should answer why corrupt practices remain rampant, and why the administration’s friends and partymates accused of large-scale corruption are allowed to go scot-free.
On Tuesday, the Vice President told members of the business community that poverty is the moral issue that must be addressed.
“My vision is for every Filipino to have an equal share in the nation’s progress. No one should be left behind. Ang hangad at pangarap ko ay ginhawa para sa lahat [My dream is prosperity for all],” he said.
With BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON