Binay calls for country’s continued support for Aquino

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

VICE President Jejomar Binay called on the public Wednesday to support President Benigno Aquino III amid impeachment calls by some sectors.

"President Aquino is our leader and has been duly elected by our people. He has the people's mandate and we should continue supporting him as our President," he said.

After Tuesday's Supreme Court decision declaring parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, Binay called for sobriety and an end to partisanship and speculation on the extent of liabilities of government officials.

"I encourage everybody to accept and respect the ruling of the Supreme Court, let the effects take its legal course and consequence and avoid speculation," he said.

The Vice President also appealed to all parties "to work together and advance the welfare of our people, which should be our overriding goal."

Binay also said that he has not dropped Senator Jinggoy Estrada as a possible running mate in the 2016 presidential elections.

"I am open to the idea of having Jinggoy, as well as the others, as my running mate. It is still early to say just who will be my running mate," he told members of the media.

The official said that the detained senator and other accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Binay said he intends to visit the beleaguered senator in his cell at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center.

"When I have time, I will visit him. He is my friend. Even the Bible says: 'When did you visit those in prison?'" he told reporters.

Binay maintained that Estrada remains a friend stating that the friendship does not end "just because he was charged."

Estrada is accused of pocketing P183.79 million in kickbacks from alleged pork barrel fund mastermind Janet Napoles. (Jun Sarmiento/Sunnex)

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