MANILA—United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said Monday that he offered concrete solutions to the people’s needs during Sunday’s last presidential debate held in Dagupan, Pangasinan.
“Last night, seven very real people asked us – the candidates for president – how we can solve their very real problems. And our responses have shown that my opponents are really out of touch with our people,” Binay said.
“To the fisherman who was being driven away by Chinese soldiers from his fishing grounds in West Philippine Sea, one candidate says she will give him a radio. To the man whose father died of illness because the health center in his barangay is always closed, another candidate says, ‘But we already paid out P75 Billion in Philhealth benefits. (In short telling the man, Aba binigyan na kita ng pera, a.)’ To the little girl whose parents could not afford to buy her school supplies, another candidate says he will kill drug pushers,” he added.
The Vice President said he has been in public service for 30 years and has fought for the poor, defended human rights and has always upheld the value of human life.
“In my 30 years in public service, I have always been on the side of the poor. I will always value the dignity of women, children and the marginalized. I continue to fight for human rights and will always uphold the value of life,” he said.
Binay said he offered immediate and long term solutions to the problems raised by the seven Filipinos who questioned the candidates.
“What I did throughout the debate was to offer immediate as well as long term solutions to the real problems brought to us by those real people,which are our problems, as a people and as a nation,” Binay said.
The Vice President said that he intends to replicate the programs he implemented as Makati mayor on a national scale if he wins the presidency.
“These I intend to do, as I have done so in Makati, with compassion and competence, and always with the best interest of the people first and foremost,” Binay said.
As Makati City mayor, Binay implemented various health and education programs, as well as services for senior citizens, that helped uplift the lives of its residents.
Its Yellow Card program provides beneficiaries free maternal, child and elderly care; free outpatient consultations and medicines; and government-subsidized hospitalization, on top of PhilHealth benefits.
The program has been recognized by the United Nations-Habitat as one of the world’s best practices.
He also implemented the BLU card program which gives senior citizens PHP2,000 yearly to help defray some of their day-to-day expenses, especially on food and medicine.
School children in Makati are also provided with free textbooks, uniforms and school supplies.