Koko Pimentel a welcome addition to the Senate – VP Binay

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay sees his party mate Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as a welcome addition to the Senate, especially in advancing the interest of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and addressing the country’s housing concerns.

Binay said he intends to sit down with Pimentel “to discuss with him the future directions of PDP-Laban and how we can help promote the welfare of our Overseas Filipinos, strengthen the fight against human trafficking, and address the housing situation.”

The Vice President said he was pleased to learn that the Senate Electoral Tribunal may proclaim Pimentel, within the next two weeks.

In an interview with reporters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Binay reiterated his statement expressing his admiration for former Senator Miguel Zubiri who resigned last week.

“Hindi natin matatawaran ‘yong kanyang ginawa. The circumstances surrounding his election, e marami talagang questionable issues. Ayaw n’yang maging parte rito,” Binay said.

Zubiri stepped down as senator following disclosures from suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol on alleged cheating during the 2007 senatorial elections.

Meanwhile, Binay said he also wants the truth on the reported switching of 2004 election returns to come out even if the poll results are already considered “moot and academic.”

“Sabi nga moot and academic na ‘yan pero dapat ituwid pa rin. Di naman natin pwedeng ibalik ang panahon. Pero, it will pave the way para ma-correct ang mali. Pangalawa, malantad sino ang may kagagawan sa karumal-dumal na pangyayari noong 2004 elections,” the Vice President said.

Binay said documents, especially certificates of returns, will be made public soon to prove that there was widespread cheating during the presidential polls.#