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.
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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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