Binay cites posts offered to him by PNoy

June 24, 2010 9:56 pm 

MANILA, June 24 — Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay on Thursday said President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has offered him several Cabinet posts including the position to be vacated by outgoing Vice President Noli De Castro.

In a media briefing at his office in the Makati City Hall, Binay confirmed that aside from the Housing Urban and Development Coordinating Council, Aquino also offered him to head the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority as well as the chairmanship of a commission that would look into corruption in the Arroyo administration.

But he declined the offers, he said, reiterating that he would not accept any Cabinet position in the incoming administration so as not to burden Aquino.

But Binay stressed that he would be a working Vice President. He will not allow himself to be "just a spare tire” in the Aquino administration, he added.

“Remember I am the Number two man in the Executive department. Bagama’t wala akong tao, this will not prevent me from serving the people that elected me into office,” he said.

After his inauguration, Binay said he will embark on a nationwide visit to consult and know the condition of the people. After all, this is part of the vice president's job, he added.

Meanwhile, early Thursday morning, Binay led the distribution of textbooks to schoolchildren at the Pio Del Pilar Elementary School. His son, Makati mayor-elect Jejomar Erwin Binay accompanied him.

The younger Binay vowed to continue the project started by his father.

Every year, Makati gives out free school supplies to its public school students, including bags and uniforms.

The city government began distributing free school supplies and textbooks in 1995. (PNA)

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