And now, a word from Vice President Jejomar Binay regarding the Papal Visit
Amid controversies and accusations of corruption, the veep found hope in Pope Francis.
(SPOT.ph) In a report published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday (January 19), Vice President Jejomar Binay thanked Pope Francis on behalf of the Filipino people, for being "a source of hope for a nation weary of calamities and politics." Paying no attention to the few memes that anonymous Internet users produced during the historic occasion, the veep has chosen to "draw strength from the inspiring example [of] the Holy Father to reach out to everyone."
Vice President Binay was among the first to welcome Pope Francis on the tarmac on January 15 and was in attendance in most if not all the Manila-based activities of the Pontiff, including the courtesy call at Malacañang where the Pope exhorted Filipinos to reject all forms of corruption. His Holiness also spoke about how man created the "social structures" that "perpetuate poverty and ignorance" at his closing mass in Quirino Grandstand on January 18.
In response to all that, the Vice President wants "the compassion of the poor" to flow within us all and vowed to...well, he made no concrete vows. He did say that the government must work together faster to help those who have endured suffering.
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