Don’t pass blame, PNoy told

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III should not blame the courts for the delays in the government’s infrastructure projects because he could have taken steps to address problems in the implementation of the projects, the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said Saturday.

“President Aquino complained about slow court proceedings that allegedly caused the delay of some major projects, but this could have been avoided had he convened representatives from the executive, judicial and legislative departments to thresh out issues affecting the country,” said VP spokesperson for political affairs Atty. Rico Quicho.


“They need to consult each other and try to arrive at a consensus on handling major issues affecting our people and the economy, and this is exactly what Vice President Binay intends to do under his presidency,” he added.

In a speech before the Wallace Business Forum, Binay said he will convene the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council and the Judicial Executive Legislative Advisory Council at least quarterly or as often as necessary.

Binay said the meetings will “promote a better understanding on key issues requiring the support of the judiciary and congress, and facilitate a consensus and even faster, but sound, decisions on key policy issues.”

He also noted that it will project a positive image to Filipinos and the local/international investor community that the three branches of government are working closely together.

“For instance, the controversy over the Disbursement Acceleration Program could have been prevented or even resolved properly if only the President had consulted the judiciary and legislative branches,”  Binay said.

The Vice President also vowed that aside from the LEDAC and JELAC, he will periodically meet and consult with the business sector to listen to their concerns and insights.

“We shall allow businessmen, our partners in economic growth and development, and other stakeholders, to freely say the good and the bad. Together, we can arrive at more win-win situations,” he said.


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