A Philippine Daily Inquirer report on Sunday (October 26) said that Vice President Jejomar Binay has vowed to persist against the people trying to prevent him from becoming the next president. He called his critics "elitists" and "anti-poor" conspirators who are not beneath black propaganda, like "Oplan Stop Nognog 2016."
"Whoever thought of ’nognog’ was clearly being insulting. Surely those who thought of that word are wealthy hacienderos, because ’nognog’ is a slur against those who are dark-skinned," says Binay in the Inquirer report.
The Vice President further hit more vocal political enemies like Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV.
On Friday (October 24), Trillanes was blasted for an "anti-poor" slur when the context of his statement was misinterpreted by several social media users. During his tour of the controversial farm in Rosario, Batangas, Trillanes described Vice President Binay as "two-faced" for presenting himself as poor to the media despite enjoying luxuries in life. Trillanes was quoted saying, "Well, nakita natin ’yung karangyaan nitong lugar na ito at gusto ko ngang maipakita na ito, dalawang pagkatao nito ni Vice President Binay na nagpapakita siya na mahirap siya, kulay-mahirap, na asal-mahirap, pero ’yun pala mayroon siyang sikretong mundo na, ito nga, na karangyaan. So diyan niyo makikita ’yung pagbabalatkayo ng taong ito."
Vice President Binay said he is not surprised that his dark complexion is taken against him, "This is just another proof of Mr. Trillanes' anti-poor thinking. All of those behind the smear campaign against me think lowly of the poor and those who are dark-skinned."
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