Binay to take sortie binge to UAE
Apparently, touring only the Philippines doesn’t make the cut anymore for United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party presidential bet, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
That’s why the opposition boss will be shifting his sorties to the Middle East, particularly to the Filipino communities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this coming Tuesday, January 12.
“I deem it important to talk personally with our migrant workers and check how they are doing. Just like our kababayans in the countryside, our OFWs need the attention and constant care from our government,” said Binay.
Binay, who is no spring chicken anymore at 73 years old, has preferred to press the flesh with voters in the countryside since the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) last October, hardly ever staying put in Metro Manila.
Now, the aspiring chief executive is taking his vote-wooing efforts overseas.
“Distance shouldn’t hamper our government leaders from reaching out to Filipinos working and living abroad or outside the metro. In fact, it should encourage them to leave their offices once in a while to see and hear first-hand the plight of our people,” Binay said in justifying his UAE trip.
The Vice President will specifically meet with overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
UAE is home to 574,336 Filipinos, according to 2014 figures from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Binay is a former presidential adviser on Overseas Workers’ Affairs. (Samantha A. Giron)