President Benigno Aquino III said today that his Vice President is free to leave the Cabinet. “If he thinks our decisions are wrong, he is free not to join us.” Aquino added that VP Jejomar Binay has not offered any solution for the latest issues the country is facing during the past Cabinet meetings.
“If he has criticisms, for these to be constructive, he has to offer solutions. But I have not heard him offer solutions in our past Cabinet meetings,” the President said.
“If he thinks our actions are not enough, he should advise us. That is not a choice but an obligation for him as a Cabinet member.”
These remarks from the President came after Binay criticized Aquino’s administration for ’embarrassingly’ falling short on several sectors. VP Binay mentioned impending power crisis, high importation of rice, and the deterioration of the peace and order in the country.
“Traffic is at a standstill in Metro Manila and other urban centers, worsened by an antiquated mass transit system. Poor planning and bureaucratic inefficiencies have unabashedly wasted the opportunities to improve the country’s transport systems. The brakes of MRT trains fail, doors fall off, and signaling systems dangerously stall,” VP Binay said.
“Criminality is rising at an unprecedented rate, with an alarming number committed by rogue policemen. These require the attention of government now,” Binay added.
Currently Binay is the head of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and presidential adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers affairs.