Hontiveros hits VP Binay this time

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Is Vice President Jejomar Binay abusing his power to campaign for her daughter?
 
Former Akbayan Party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Barraquel thinks so, and thus urged Binay patriarch "to strictly follow election rules and exercise ethical behavior."

This, amid reports that the Vice President and housing czar made a pitch for his daughter and senatorial bet Nancy while distributing land titles in Butuan.
 
"I hope that the Vice-President understands that at the very least, such actions are unethical since it would appear that he’s dispensing government services to solicit votes for his own daughter," Hontiveros said.
 
"Taliwas ata yan sa matuwid na daan," she added.

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Hontiveros, who earlier dared Nancy to a debate, also urged the Vice President to make sure his office would draw the line between electioneering and public service.

The staunch ally of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said Binay's acts otherwise be would be reminiscent of what former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) did during her presidency.

Arroyo faces graft and plunder charges for allegedly using intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office for election purposes.

"If we really hope to move forward from GMA's brand of politics, then higher standards of ethical behavior must be displayed by government officials," Hontiveros said.
 
"Ang public service dapat walang bahid ng electioneering," she added.

Also read: Candidates scramble to get Kris Aquino endorsement

Hontiveros went on to say that the Vice President need not even use government resources to campaign for his daughter, noting Nancy's big chance of winning.

"We are in the last few days of the campaign period, and what voters need are more substantial conversations on the merits, track record, and principles of the candidates," Hontiveros said.

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  • Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation
    Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory …

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  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

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