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Meeting between PNoy-VP Binay focused on official issues - Sec Coloma

MANILA - The recent meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay did not center on official issues, Malacañang said Thursday.

"Ang pag-uusap ng Pangulo at Pangalawang Pangulo ay hindi tumukoy sa mga opisyal na usapin," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing at the Palace. 

Reports said the President and Vice President met on Tuesday night in the midst of corruption allegations against Vice President Binay.

The Senate has been investigating the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati city hall that occurred during Vice President Binay’s term as mayor of Makati.

"Sa panig ng Pangulo at ng Gabinete, ang prayoridad ay ang pagpapatupad sa mga programa sa reporma at pagsulong sa mga proyektong pangkabuhayan, panlipunan, at pagpapaangat ng ekonomiya," Secretary Coloma said.

“Napakarami pa pong dapat asikasuhin kaya ang pokus ng aming gawain ay ‘yung trabaho para mapahusay ang paglilingkod sa mga mamamayan, mapahusay ang imprastruktura, mailatag ang malakas na pundasyon para sa pangmatagalang pag-unlad ng ating kabuhayan, at makapagbigay ng pagkakataong panghanapbuhay sa ating mga mamamayan. ‘Yan po ang prayoridad naming,” he added.

Asked to characterize the present relationship between the President and Vice President, Coloma said the President had addressed this when he was in Bali to attend the 7th Bali Democracy Forum.

In an interview with the media in Bali, Indonesia, the President said he was confident in the way the vice president has been handling his job as the government's housing czar.

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