Nacionalista's Remulla becomes VP Binay's spox
MANILA (UPDATE) – Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla of the Nacionalista Party is now the spokesperson for political affairs of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
"I will speak on his behalf regarding matters of political nature. My views will be reflective of his," Remulla told ABS-CBNnews.com.
Remulla clarified he has not yet left NP, but he said he will seek guidance from Nacionalista Party president and former senator Manuel Villar Jr. regarding the matter once the vice president's new political party is formed.
Remulla said he has already received the blessing of the NP president to work for the vice president.
Speaking to reporters, Senator Cynthia Villar said Binay may have asked Remulla to become his spokesperson because senators from the Nacionalista Party, such as Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, are leading the investigation on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.
Vice President Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, are facing a plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for the building project. A Senate probe was also launched regarding the issue.
''Kasi yung mga nagsasalita against the vice president eh mga Nacionalista, so siguro kumuha naman siya ng Nacionalista para [maging] spokesperson niya. Ganyan talaga ang politics,'' she said.
Remulla, for his part, said his appointment as the vice-president's political spokesperson was made long before the Makati building controversy broke out.
He said Binay and his allies thought now is the best time to reveal his appointment.
The Cavite governor said he respects the roles of party-mates Cayetano and Trillanes in the Senate probe.
He added he will give "whatever he can contribute" to ensure that his vote-rich province of Cavite will help Binay win in the 2016 presidential elections.
He also assured his constituents that despite his new task as Binay's spokesperson, he will still give "99.99 percent" of his time and energy in serving as Cavite governor. – reports from Alex Calda and Ruby Tayag, dzMM