In a text message, Bello said the Binay’s “desperate thirst for power” is evident in his participation with the plan of former Tarlac congressman Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and his wife, former governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco to put a new government in place a year ahead of the elections.
“It’s a measure of Binay’s desperate thirst for power that he’s transacting a loopy transition with them. The President should order him out of the Cabinet as soon as possible,” the lawmaker said.
Bello warned “tremendous instability” might break out if talks persist about the Vice President’s alleged involvement in forming the transition body seen to take over the government should Aquino be forced to resign.
“Participating in these talks shows that the Vice President is trying to sneak into power without an election. This will provoke tremendous instability and reverse all the gains in terms of institutionalizing the constitutional transfer of power via elections,” he said.
Mrs. Cojuangco said over the weekend that Binay has committed to lead the advisory council in a meeting earlier this month. The Vice President’s camp, however, has denied her claim.