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Lacierda to Binay: Check facts, don’t just rely on your minions

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“Bring it on!” This was the challenge of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda to the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has been attacking the administration.

In a statement, Lacierda denied that Malacañang called for the resignation of the officials appointed by Binay to agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), which the Vice President headed for five years.

“No such call from the Palace,” said Lacierda.

“Had VP diligently read the transcript of Usec. (Abigail) Valte and not merely rely on his minions to spin, he would not have arrived at his inaccurate conclusion,” he added.

Lacierda was referring to the interview of his deputy on government-run Radyo ng Bayan last Saturday where Valte said it is the “norm” for appointed officials to give up their posts if their appointing authority resigns.

Valte stopped short in asking housing officials to resign but pointed out that it is the “convention” to able to give Binay’s successor a free hand in choosing his or her own team.

Binay slammed Malacañang over Valte’s statement saying that most of housing officials are professionals and should not be involved in politics. Lacierda likewise lambasted Binay for persistently criticizing the Aquino administration since he left the Cabinet last Monday.

“On bad governance, he was with us for almost 5 years, where were his proposed solutions as a Cabinet member? Bad governance? Let me quote you the exact words from his own mouth: ‘We also need to acknowledge the positive impact of the reforms initiated by president Aquino.

These reforms triggered renewed interest in the Philippines and a re-appraisal of our economic potential. We therefore make our commitment to continue and, if needed, expand the reforms initiated by president Aquino beyond 2016.

‘” said Lacierda. “So, who continues to tell lies? The Vice President then or the Vice President now? He continues to attack the President because he refuses to answer convincingly all allegations of corruption and ill gotten wealth against him.

We have yet to hear a response other than “pulitika lang yan”,” he added. Expecting more criticisms from Binay’s camp in the coming days, Lacierda left a strong message to them saying: “So we say to his camp in dishing out lies against the president – ‘Bring it on’.”

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