Muslims, Christians and lumad banded together in support of the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
At least 40 core leaders of the Integrated Alliance and Movement for Binay (I AM for BINAY!) met on Wednesday in Greenhills, San Juan City (Metro Manila) to discuss the intricacies of their nationwide campaign.
“More than a year of relentless attacks against the person of the Vice President and his family members, the people—the downtrodden Filipinos—have spoken through the latest survey,” Maulan “Alan” Balangi, chairman of the group said, referring to the latest Pulse Asia survey that showed Binay leading by considerable margin against other aspirants.
In the December 4 to 11, 2015 survey, Binay got the nod of 33 percent of the 1,800 respondents. He was followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 23 percent, and Sen. Grace Poe, 21 percent.
“The vindication has started. The roses bloomed anew after a relentless baseless accusations,” Balangi added.
Interestingly, the same survey showed that Binay is popular among the E and D classes, getting 42 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Binay is also ahead in the National Capital Region with 30 percent, in the rest of Luzon, 34 percent and the Visayas, 34 percent.
Duterte is ahead in Mindanao and among the ABC bracket.
Revor Lasay, secretary general of the group, said their members started organizing small groups in various parts of the country when the Senate Blue Ribbon was investigating Binay in connection with the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2.
“Unlike others who are afraid of coming out in the open, we have been pursuing this campaign because we believe in VP Binay’s sincerity to uplift the Muslim Filipinos from poverty. He is the only one who could bring peace and order in Mindanao. He will unite the Muslims, the Christians and the lumads in Mindanao,” Lasay said.
Lasay is the head of the Sectoral Anti-Poverty (SAP) Movement Philippines Inc. while Balangi is the president of 1Bangsa, an organization of young Muslims.
The two groups joined together to intensify their campaign in support of Binay.