Voiceless VP Binay talks about selflessness

Posted at 08/22/2014 5:20 PM | Updated as of 08/22/2014 10:31 PM

MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay talked about public service above self interest amid allegations of wrongdoing as Makati City mayor and the early onset of campaigning for the 2016 presidential elections.

Binay, who had long declared his intention to seek the presidency in 2016, had all but lost his voice -- literally -- after days of dealing with allegations of overpriced contracts as mayor of Makati City.

Binay sounded like he could barely talk when he attended a Rotary Club event in Manila. Yet he managed to deliver his message through his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, a fellow Rotarian who delivered his speech for him.

The vice president said before introducing his son, "Malamang di ko matapos sasabihin ko so I requested a fellow Rotarian who happens to be my son."

Binay stood by as his son delivered his speech.

"The Rotary, with its principle of service above self, has always been an inspiration for me as a public servant. To be a Rotarian means actively living the principle bordered on subverting the interest of those in power."

"True leadership is a selfless action and entails putting the needs and interest of others above your own."

The Binays have been smarting from allegations that the vice president, as Makati mayor, entered into overpriced procurement contracts for a public parking building and cakes for senior citizens.

Previously, Binay had dismissed all talks of amendments to the 1987 Charter's political provisions as self-serving, though he named no names.

Binay's remarks came after President Benigno Aquino III himself expressed openness to Charter change, a reversal of his previous position against Charter amendments.

The Binays declined to give media interviews after the event, citing the vice president's failing voice.