Binay visits mayor’s bailiwick

VICE PRESIDENT Jejomar Binay said the next president doesn’t have to come from Mindanao to understand the plight of Mindanaoans, as he tries to woo voters right in Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s stronghold.

Binay made the comment after being asked if there needed to be a change in the campaign in Mindanao, following Duterte’s entry into the presidential race.

Duterte last week formally filed his candidacy as a substitute candidate for Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption president Martin Dino, who ran under the PDP-Laban ticket during the deadline of filing for candidacy last month.

“You also don’t need to be from Luzon to lead the country,” he said in yesterday’s Kusog Mindanao conference at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. “You lead for the whole country, for the Filipino people.”

Binay said the emphasis of his administration if he wins the presidencial elections would be the improvement of the gross domestic product and infrastructure.

“Your infrastructure projects in Mindanao, we will face that (challenge),” he explained. “The airports, roads, bridges and others. On social services, we will continue them because they help the poor.”

Binay, despite formally resigning from the Aquino administration, said there are still projects of the  government that are worthy to be pursued, citing the conditional cash transfer and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development as among the examples, as well as the Public-Private Partnership programs.

In a speech delivered earlier that day, Binay criticized the same projects under the Aquino government, adding there needed to be “additional measures” to streamline the social service provisions under the DSWD and more lenient regulatory measures under the PPP.

Asked how many of his cabinet members would come from Mindanao, Binay appealed to the public not to treat governance as “a numbers game.”

He said, however, that he was pushing for cabinet secretaries who are already experienced to reduce the need for a learning curve in managing the country.

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