Manila traders bat for Binay

BINAY IN CALOOCAN Vice President Jejomar Binay campaigns at Barangay Bagong Silang in Caloocan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BINAY IN CALOOCAN Vice President Jejomar Binay campaigns at Barangay Bagong Silang in Caloocan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A group of traders from Manila’s business districts of Malate, Ermita and Binondo on Tuesday picked Vice President and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Jejomar Binay as their top choice for president, noting his “proven track record of public service and accomplishments.”

In a statement, Vicky Espiritu, president of athletic events group EAMvents, Inc., said Binay “is the most qualified” among the five candidates because he ”delivered basic services to the people and could be a role model in a community in terms of performance.”

“Binay is the only choice,” said Espiritu, who is also a restaurateur and an active member of a business community in Malate, Ermita and Binondo areas.

“We need someone who can steer the economy that will translate to job-generation among today’s graduates and young professionals,” she said.

“It is only then that we can say we are on a positive and smooth journey towards progress and a better Philippines,” she added.

The group criticized Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares for being “a neophyte, a novice and with no solid achievement to bank on.”

They questioned Poe’s continued defense of her husband, Teodoro Misael Daniel Vera “Neil” Llamanzares’ citizenship. To date, Poe’s spouse has never renounced his American citizenship, along with their children.

Espiritu’s older sister, Zonnie, is said to be a close friend of Poe’s adoptive father and the late action king Fernando Poe Jr. but the elder Espiritu is not inclined to support Poe in her bid, especially since the family faces questions on their properties in the US.


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  1. asungot na pinoy on

    The Manila Traders are from the areas of Malate, Binondo, and Ermita , probably represented by couple of people and one person speaking on their behalf were compensated as well as those who attended the campaign rally in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City. Those Manila Traders mentioned in this articles are owners or operators of small businesses located in the areas mentioned above, such as Karaoke bars, sleazy night clubs, and some of them could care less whoever wins the presidency. The Binay Camp were able to hire actors for the purpose of publicity.

    • You may be right but big things start from small beginnings…they may be small-time in your perspective but to the eyes of people who works for them, they are respectable persons. In the end, who they recommend will get their support…