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Pimentel reminds Noy he’s a minority president By Angie Rosales 06/25/2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pimentel reminds Noy he’s a minority president

By Angie Rosales

A staunch ally reminded President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino that he will assume the top post in the nation as a minority president and he should strive to get all the support he can get from his closest allies, friends and even perceived rivals.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said Noynoy is a minority president since he did not get 50 percent plus one or majority of the voters despite his huge 5-million lead over his next rival. 

“And, therefore, that being the case, as a minority president, he needs the support of all his friends and his allies. The more friends supporting him visibly, the better for him,” Pimentel said during a news forum at the Senate.

The senator’s statements were in relation to the issue involving incoming Vice President Jejomar Binay, who had rejected accepting any concurrent position in the incoming administration after apparently being crowded out of a
Cabinet position due to the several recomendees from groups who supported Aquino and are now all lobbying to get prime government posts.

Binay and Aquino met at the latter’s residence in Times St., Quezon City where the incoming vice president was reportedly offered the positions of heading the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and on a temporary capacity and as head of the commission that will investigate President Arroyo on her alleged anomalous acts which many see as palliatives since Binay was denied of a Cabinet post.

Appearing in the weekly Kapihan sa Senado, Pimentel lauded the decision made by Binay saying that it “speaks of statesmanship in him.”

“Jojo (Binay) told me, that was about three days ago, he had given a letter to Noynoy (Aquino), that was before their first meeting yesterday, to tell him that in order to lessen his headaches, he would not you know expect any appointment from him to the Cabinet which I think is a good thing because No. 1, the President-elect should have full leeway to choose whoever he wants to put in positions, power in the Cabinet,” he said.... MORE

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