Should he win a Congress seat: Ex-VP Binay wants to amend Constitution, 'give vice president a job' - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Should he win a Congress seat: Ex-VP Binay wants to amend Constitution, 'give vice president a job'

Former Makati Mayor and Vice President Jejomar Binay / photo from GMA News

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay is in the headlines again, and now he wants to do away of the role of the Vice President as just a “spare tire” of the President.

During an interview the former housing czar and chief of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) during the Noynoy Aquino administration, he was being asked to expound on what could have been the ideal job description of an elected Vice President of the country.

'Give the vice president a job'

Binay has filed his certificate of candidacy for a Congressional seat this coming 2019 midterm elections, and he divulged that one of his desire to be if the 1987 Constitution will be amended is to “give the vice president a job.”

The 1987 Constitution is very clear that the elected vice president will immediately take place as President if the latter “die” or "become permanently disabled" to carry out his or her functions.

“Sa States, ang vice president ay ang presiding officer of the Senate. Dito, ang vice president titinga-tingalalangsalangit, 'Kailan kaya ako papalit? Ano kaya ang magiging trabaho ko?'" the former vice president told media men.

"Ang gusto ko sanang ma-amend sa Constitution natin ay magkaroon ng trabaho ang vice president... Bigyan nalang ng role na hindi may kulay pulikita, katulad sa'kin, housing," Binay said, referring to the role he occupied during the Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino presidency.

One of the possible amendment is having the situation where the president should be elected with the vice-president in order to avoid any possible political conflicts in the long run or during the term.

"Sa atin pa naman, madalas o halos lahat ng president o vice president come from different parties so simula pa lang meron nang panggagalingan na hindi makakatulong 'yung vice president doon sa administrasyon," Binay said.*

Making “noise” again

Binay a former long time mayor of the progressive city of Makati, was recently in the headlines when he said he should have been no. 2 or runner up in the 2016 presidential elections if there were no cheating.

He placed fourth in the standings, were more than 16 million voters voted Rodrigo RoaDuterte as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Liberal Party and administration candidate former Department of Interior Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas followed Duterte, then Grace Poe occupied the third spot.

“Ang number one [na] dahilan kung bakit ako natalo ay ‘yung cheating sa eleksyon [The number one reason reason why I lost is because of cheating in the eleksyon],” Binay said.

“Ako talaga at the worst, [I should have been] number two,” the former Vice President said.

Then vice president Jejomar Binay and former president Noynoy Aquino

Source: ABS CBN News