Vice President Jejomar Binay has resigned from President Benigno Aquino’s cabinet, and he did it with just one sentence.
In the letter sent through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Binay said: “I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation as member of the Cabinet effective immediately.”
Daughter of the Vice President and Makati City Representative Abigail Binay hand carried the letter to Ochoa’s office and was received at 3:55 pm today. She was accompanied by the Vice President’s chief of staff Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez Jr.
Binay served as the presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ concerns and was the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, vice president for political affairs of the Aquino-led Liberal Party, said that the resignation is part of Binay’s plan as an aspiring presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.
Erice, in an interview with GMA News, said that Binay resigned to divert the people’s attention away from the corruption issues against him. Binay also has plans to gather Aquino’s political enemies like Marcos and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Erice said.
Meanwhile, Binay’s political party, the United Nationalist Alliance, said that the resignation has always been a possibility.
In a report by Rappler’s Ayee Macaraig, JV Bautista, UNA interim secretary general, said that Binay has always felt to be the odd man out in the Cabinet because most of the members are from the Liberal Party.
Bautista also said that it will be awkward if Binay is still in the Cabinet after the President announces who will be the Administration’s standard bearer in 2016.
The President is set to name the candidate after the State of the Nation Address on July 27. It is widely believed that the President will either announce Department of Interior and Local Governance Secretary Mar Roxas or Senator Grace Poe as his anointed successor.