Tabaco City, albay -- Saying he understands how to be poor, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay Wednesday night vowed to provide Filipinos a better quality of life.
“Humaharap ako sa inyong muli upang hingin ang inyong suporta sa paglaban ho natin sa kahirapan. Iyang kahirapan, problema noon, problema pa hanggang ngayon,” Binay said in a campaign rally here attended by around 10,000 supporters.
The party earlier held a campaign sortie in Sorsogon City with world boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, where 5,000 supporters gathered.
“Kung ako ang maboto ninyo, palagay ko hindi kayo magsisisi. Noong kayo ibinoto ninyo ako (bilang) Pangalawang Pangulo, nagtrabaho ako. Makamahirap po ako, katulad din po ako ni Manny Pacquiao, nagdaan sa kahirapan,” he added.
Binay said that he will continue nationwide the anti-poverty programs he had started as mayor of Makati.
“Maipagmamalaki ko sa inyo na sa Makati, walang namamatay na mahirap dahil sa sakit at dahil sa kahirapan. Wala po iyon. Iyon po ang aking ipinapangakong gagawin ko sa inyo,” Binay said.
Albay registered a 39.2% poverty incidence rate in the first quarter of 2015, while Sorsogon had a 44.8% poverty incidence rate in the same period.
Makati’s social programs, under Binay, resulted in the lowering of the poverty rates in the city. From a poverty incidence of 3.74% in 2000, it went down to 0.5% by 2012, or 2,000 individuals out of a resident population of 650,000.
He added that human rights, including the dignity of women, will be respected under his administration.
“Ako ho nirerespeto ko ang buhay ng bawat tao. Binibigyan ko ng dignidad ang mga babae. Hindi ko binabastos,” Binay said.
The Vice President added that voters would be sorry if they would vote for another candidate who does not respect human life.
“Boboto kayo sa kandidatong ito, pagka-nanalo iyan, pinatay ang inyong anak, ’yung asawa ninyo dahil sa napagkamalan o pinagsususpetsahang may kasalanan, ano iiyak-iyak kayo ngayon?” Binay said.
He was joined by UNA senatorial candidates Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas Jr., broadcaster Rey Langit, Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, Sulu Princess Jacel Kiram and labor lawyer Allan Montaño.
Local UNA allies and candidates, led by Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee and Tabaco City mayoralty candidate Noel ‘Noks’ Que welcomed the party in their respective localities.