Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday thanked sisters of President Benigno Aquino 3rd for their trust and support.
“I am humbled that they see me as someone who can continue the good programs of the President,” the Vice President said.
Binay was referring to Maria Elena Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, the President’s eldest sister, and Kris Bernadette or simply Kris, the youngest.
“I share their view that the welfare of our kababayan [countrymen]should always come first and should not be compromised by partisan politics,” he said.
According to the Vice President, the friendship between the Aquino and Binay families was “a bond that transcended politics.”
“I am glad that Ballsy and Kris have affirmed this bond and I will always be grateful for their trust and support,” he said.
In a news story aired on TV Patrol on Wednesday night, Ballsy said she favored the idea of political parties uniting for the cause of one country.
“As of now, I really want peace and I’m really so grateful to people who even if they’re not in the same party are just thinking of ways to just improve our country, to improve the lives of the people,” the President’s eldest sister said.
She cited Binay for joining the Aquino family in fighting the Marcos regime, a struggle that eventually saw the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.
During the live telecast of Aquino & Abunda Tonight on Tuesday, Kris said she was not against possible “adoption” of the Vice President as the Liberal Party’s (LP) standard-bearer for the 2016 elections.
President Aquino heads the LP while Binay belongs to the United Nationalist Alliance.
The two parties are seen to square off in the 2016 national polls that will pick the country’s next President.