Binay criticizes Aquino for his failure to solve big problems
VICE President Jejomar Binay on Friday again slammed the Aquino administration for its failure to address the problem of poverty and unemployment and the continuing neglect of thousands of victims of natural disasters particularly the victims of Typhoon “Yolanda.”
“They want to continue the present situation where poverty remains. Many are left starving and millions are without jobs,” Binay said during the Visayas-wide launching and oathtaking of new members of the United Nationalist Alliance.
He said Senator Gringo Honasan was his possible running mate in the 2016 national elections, adding his UNA party now had “Bingo” or “Binay na Gringo Pa.”
Binay also criticized the administration’s slow rehabilitation of the areas affected by the earthquake in Bohol and Yolanda in 2013. He slammed Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. for releasing only P21 billion out of the P75-billion housing settlement budget.
He said he was not surprised why the administration had a failing grade on the issues of poverty, wages, inflation and social services.
He said whoever wins in the 2016 elections needs to lift the Philippines out of poverty, create jobs and improve the services to the people.
Citing figures from Social Watch Philippines, Binay said there are still 130,000 families who remain homeless after becoming victims of calamities.
He asked the Aquino administration why it has been very slow in releasing the funds allotted for the resettlement of calamity victims.
“I was concerned to learn that funding shortfalls and political challenges, including inadequate cooperation between national and local governments, are delaying the processes toward achieving durable solutions,” Binay said.
Binay’s spokesman Rico Quicho said former Interior Secretary Roxas had been telling people that he, the LP standard bearer, would continue the administration’s Daang Matuwid.
“What are the specifics of this so-called Daang Matuwid?” Quicho said.
“What does he plan to do with national concerns like the failure to complete the rehabilitation and recovery projects for the thousands of Yolanda victims? What about the victims of other calamities? What about the victims of the Zamboanga bombings?”