Friday, January 14, 2011

VP Binay, Roxas can co-exist in Aquino admin, Palace insists

Saying the two are professionals, Malacañang on Saturday insisted Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Senator Manuel Roxas II can co-exist while working with President Benigno Aquino III.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte stressed this as she dismissed speculations that Roxas’ entry as a presidential troubleshooter can disrupt relations between Aquino and Binay.

“I think di naman dapat magkaroon ng agam-agam sa magigiging working relationship. The president is a professional, the vice president is a professional and so is former Senator Roxas. Trabaho lang ito (this is just part of work)," Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.

Besides, she said all three have a common goal of working for the country.

“Nakikita natin sa kanila yan, iisa lang ang gusto nila matunguhan, para sa bayan. Hindi tayo nag-e-expect na magkaroon ng change in the working relationship (We see all three of them want to work for the good of the country. We do not expect a change in their working relationship)," she said.

On Friday, Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong said Binay may become the first casualty in the Aquino administration once Roxas takes on his post as the chief “troubleshooter."

Roxas, who Binay defeated in last year’s vice presidential race, heads the Liberal Party and is allied with the “Balay," one of two supposed factions in Malacañang. Binay is linked to the “Samar" group, the other faction.

Speculations of a showdown of sorts between Roxas and Binay started after Aquino announced he was bringing in Roxas as his chief troubleshooter. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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