Roxas blasts Binay for flip-flopping on 4Ps
COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines – The standard-bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) had harsh words for longtime rival Vice President Jejomar on Tuesday, March 8, during a visit to Davao Region, hitting him for supposedly flip-flopping on his support for the administration’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
“Alam mo, nakakatawa talaga. Vice President Binay, ano ba talaga? Ilang taong nakalipas, kayo, partido ninyo, anak ninyo, kinwestiyon ang 4Ps. Kikwestiyunin ito, iimbestigan ito, at papahintuin ito,” Roxas told reporters during a chance interview in Kapalong, Davao del Norte.
(It’s funny. What is it really, Vice President Binay? Just a few years ago, your party, your daughter, questioned 4Ps. You questioned it, wanted to investigate it, wanted to put a stop to it.)
“Itong nakaraang budget season, mga kaalyado ninyo sa UNA, binawasan ang halaga ng 4Ps. Tapos biglaan na lang, susuportahan ninyo, itutuloy ninyo ang 4Ps (The past budget season, your allies in UNA cut the budget for 4Ps. And now suddenly, you’re for it? You’re saying you’ll continue 4Ps?),” he added.
Roxas said Binay was only saying this to court votes for 2016.
Binay was once part of Aquino's Cabinet, as his housing czar. He resigned from his post mid-2015 and has since been very critical of Aquino's administration. (READ: Roxas to Binay: Why were you 'quiet' for 5 years?)
“Baka naman ay sasabihin mo, kung ano ang sasabihin po ninyo, kung ano na lang ang masasabi ninyo para lamang makakuha ng boto. Hindi po ganun ang liderato. Ang liderato ay may paninindigan. Ang liderato ay may klarong programa kung saan natin dadalhin ang bansa. Consistency. Hindi ‘yung pabago-bago,” said Roxas.
(Maybe it’s because you’re just saying things to get votes. That’s not leadership. Leadership means taking a stand. Leadership means having clear programs for where we want to take the country. Consistency, not flip-flopping.)
4Ps is the current administration’s flagship anti-poverty program, an “expanded” version of an existing Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. Its continuation is among Roxas’ key promises in a campaign of continuity.
A recent survey showed 80% of voters would choose a candidate who will continue the popular program.
Roxas again hit Binay, although did not name him, in a speech during the 18th founding anniversary celebration of Compostela Valley. The LP standard-bearer repeatedly referred to people who once opposed the 4Ps but are now joining the bandwagon of its support, just because it’s election season.
He did the same in a gathering in Tagum City, saying: "Ano ang pagkakaiba natin sa iba pang mga tumatakbo? Ang pagkakaiba ay sinasabi pa lang nila ipinapangako pa lang nila, sa Daang Matuwid, sa kay Mar Roxas, ginagawa na natin ngayon."
(What sets me apart from other candidates? The difference is that their promises... under Daang Matuwid, with Mar Roxas, that's already happening.)
Roxas also asked Tagum residents to convince others about "the good news of Daang Matuwid."
All 5 presidential candidates have, in one form or another, promised to continue the popular program. In campaign sorties, Binay’s constant joke is that he’ll expand the 4Ps to 5Ps for “pustiso” (dentures) for the elderly.
Roxas found none of his rival’s promises funny.
“Nung nakaraang mga panahon, sabi niyo, walang malasakit at walang pagkalinga itong pamahalaan na ito. Eh programa ng pamahalaang ito ang 4Ps. Tapos ngayon, itutuloy ninyo? Ano ba talaga? Yun ang masasabi ko (In the past, you’ve called this government devoid of care and concern. 4Ps is a program of the government. But now you’re saying you’ll continue it? What do you really want? That’s all I can say),” said Roxas, referring to Binay’s criticism of the Aquino government. – with reports from Editha Caduaya/Rappler.com
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