• Respect voters’ will, Aquino told

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    THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd should respect the results of the 2010 vice presidential elections.

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    The call was made after Aquino expressed regret that former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd lost to Binay.

    “With all due respect, Mr. President, the results of the 2010 elections represented the will of the people,” Binay’s campaign spokesperson Rico Quicho said in a statement.

    “The people elected you to be their President and Jejomar Binay as their Vice President. They saw in Vice President Binay the qualities of a servant leader who is ready and competent to perform the duties of a president. The will of the people is not something to regret, but to respect,” Quicho added.

    Aquino reportedly raised the matter during a Liberal Party (LP) campaign rally in Cavite.

    The President said the government would have achieved more if Roxas had been the vice president.

    “Vice President Binay has proven to be a working Vice President especially in the Housing and OFW [overseas Filipino workers]sectors, which received unsolicited commendations even from yourself. He has been a team player despite being treated like a pariah by most members of the Cabinet who are also your partymates,” Quicho reminded the President.

    “He chose to stay on and do his work until it was evident that the conspiracy to undermine him politically—hatched and implemented by the Liberal Party and its allies—would not stop, even to the point of directly undermining the independence of government instrumentalities and independent institutions for your allies’ political interests and ambitions,” he added.

    Binay led the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), which is under the immediate control and supervision of the President. He was also the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino worker (OFW) concerns.

    He resigned from the Aquino Cabinet in June 2015.

    Binay, the standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), will again face Roxas as well as three other presidential candidates in May.

    “The Vice President is offering to the people his track record of performance and accomplishments as a local executive and vice president. All candidates must offer the same, including your candidate. The people should freely decide who among the candidates is the most competent and prepared to lead our nation and address the problems of poverty and hunger, which has worsened in the last five years. We submit that Vice President Jojo Binay is that kind of candidate,” Quicho said.

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