"This place angers me."
This was how Vice President Jejomar Binay described Roxas City when he campaigned for United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidates in Capiz province on Tuesday barely a week before May 13 polls.
In an interview, Binay complained about its local leaders' seeming bias against him whenever he visits the hometown of his former foe, Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas.
"Galit ako dito. Noong magpunta ako rito, 'yung welcome streamers ko pinagtatanggal dito't pinagbabawal. 'Yung mga kaano ko sa palengke tinakot. Grabe 'to," Binay told reporters.
Binay also hit Roxas City Mayor Allan Celeno for obviously refusing to observe welcome protocols for the arrival the vice president in at least two instances.
Streamers welcoming the vice president were obviously missing when Binay arrived at the airport. The campaign posters for his daughter, Nancy Binay, were also put down.
Binay, who beat the cabinet member in the vice presidential race in 2010 national elections, was hoping to get 100,000 votes in Roxas City or almost 500,000 votes from the entire province.
For her part, Nancy Binay said she isn't afraid that people in Roxas City might not welcome them.
"Hindi. Kasi nung nagpunta kami rito, nagwalking lang ang daddy ko dun sa parang boulevard ata, parang may rally na eh. Na parang continuous yung pagpunta ng tao," she said.
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