Vice Ganda Explains Opinion About Nancy Binay, Earns Flak From Inday GarutayVice Ganda has explained why he is not impressed with Nancy Binay who is running for a senatorial seat.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, the comedian and host offered further explanation for comments he made on Monday regarding Binay’s lack of track record.
“Ang sinasabi niyang baka hindi ko na-appreciate na nagsilbi siya sa kanyang nanay or sa kanyang tatay, paano ko maappreciate kung nagsilbi man siya sa kanyang nanay or tatay, ang nakinabang noon, 'yung nanay at tatay niya dahil doon siya nagsilbi,” he told ABS-CBN News.
According to Vice Ganda, Binay is yet to serve the Filipino people to show she is worthy of a seat in the Senate.
“Wala pa naman siyang pinagsisilbihan sa mga Pilipino,” he said.
Binay has been criticized on the internet particularly in social networking sites, being viewed as lacking in experience to run for such a high post. She has also been criticized for shunning debates.
Nonetheless, the “It’s Showtime” host said that Binay has the right to run of public office.
“May karapatan naman talaga si Nancy Binay na tumakbo bilang senador,” he said.
However, he did emphasize that he, too, is free to voice his opinion about the candidate.
“May karapatan din naman akong ihayag ang damdamin ko dahil mayroon po tayong Freedom of Expression na nakahayag sa Article 3, Section 4 of the 1987 Revised Constitution of the Philippines,” he told ABS-CBN News.
Binay, the daughter of Jejomar Binay, the incumbent vice president of the Republic, has recently said that she respects the comedian’s right to express his opinion.
According to Vice Ganda, he is deeply contemplating the imminent election because it is the occasion citizens choose who will be elected as public officials.
“Kasi mayroon akong malaking obligasyon eh. Hindi ko na nga sinasabi sa buong mundo o sa Pilipinas pero ako nagbabayad ako ng buwis kaya kailangan ko din naman pangalagaan kung saan mapupunta ang buwis na ibinabayad ko,” he said.
“Mayroon akong mga pamangking maliliit, hindi ko isasaalang-alang ang mga pamangkin kong malilit sa mga bwitre or sa mga taong maaaring mang-abuso sa mga pamangkin kong maliliit. Kaya inaayos ko ang pagboto ko, inaalagaan ko ang pagboto ko. Sa pamamaraang alam ko, hinihikayat ko ang mga taong bumoto ng tama,” he explained.
The controversy stems from comments made by Vice Ganda on “It’s Showtime” last Monday.
When he was asked if he plans to engage in politics in the future, he said “Gusto ko president ako agad. ‘Yung wala kang background, pero mataas agad, parang 'yung mga pulitiko lang ngayon. Walang background, pero senador agad.”
When prodded about who he was referring to, he said “Sila Nancy Binay, sino pa ba?”
After he made the comments, Vice Ganda was flooded with questions from reporters about what he meant. He said that he was not criticizing Binay but was merely stating a fact.
Meanwhile, fellow comedian and host Inday Garutay has come out to criticize Vice Ganda for the comments he made.
“Malaki ang pinagkaiba ng prangka sa bastos,” Inday Garutay said. “Dapat buksan mo muna isipan mo bago ang bibig mo.”
Inday Garutay also said that Binay is being used by Vice Ganda to make noise for his upcoming concert.
“Kawawa naman si Ma'am Nancy, nagagamit sa publicity ng kanyang concert,” he said.
“Mag-work na lang siya nang tahimik... kasi gusto niya laging maingay, e,” Inday Garutay added.
Vice Ganda has signified his support for senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros.
Posting a photo of Hontiveros on her Instagram account on Thursday, Vice Ganda said “Risa Hontiveros. Ito ang babaeng iboboto ko sa Senado.”
“May karanasan at kakayahan sa gobyerno. Matapang dahil may ibubuga. May sariling pangalan at di umaasa sa sikat na apelyido,” he added.