Netizens express doubts on Binay, UNA

Mara Cepeda
Netizens express doubts on Binay, UNA
They want an open-minded, transparent, and incorruptible leader for 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Social media users remained skeptical of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his opposition party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which was officially launched on Wednesday, July 1.

In his speech, the Vice President said UNA has 3 pillars for 2016: social and basic services, economic dynamism, and effective and caring governance.

However, Binay did not mention how UNA plans to curb corruption in the Philippines. He is currently facing multiple investigations over the alleged overpriced Makati City infrastructure projects. (READ: Senate report: Binay ‘milked’ Makati building of P1.38B)

Netizens noticed his silence on the matter.


The Vice President also slammed the Aquino administration for its slow and ineffective leadership, citing common criticism on the government’s delayed projects and services. (READ: Binay hits Aquino’s ‘lazy, teka-teka’ government)

This was questioned in social media, however, as Binay held two positions in the Aquino Cabinet for 5 years until he resigned last week.


Netizens had similar views on UNA as well, saying that the party should be more specific on how they plan to address the problems during President Benigno Aquino III’s term.


Social media users then identified what kind of public official they want for 2016 by using the hashtag #TheLeaderIWant:


Despite the criticism online, UNA supporters who attended the launch had nothing but praises for the Vice President and the opposition party. –

How do you feel about Vice President Binay’s take on issues? Go here to click on your mood where he stands on corruption, social inequality, climate change and disasters, foreign policy, OFWs, and the peace process in Mindanao.

For a comprehensive description of Binay’s stand on these issues, read The Leader I Want: Jejomar Binay’s to-fix list for 2016.

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at or tweet @maracepeda.