Binay vows to put up a 'Malacañang in Mindanao' if elected in 2016

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Should he win the May 9 presidential polls, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he will establish another Malacañang in Mindanao.

This is to personally address the concerns of Mindanaoans and ensure that progress reaches the region, Binay revealed before 3,000 supporters in Pantao Ragat, Lanao Del Norte on Tuesday (February 23), according to a news release.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate earlier said he also wants to restore the official presidential residence in Sugbo, Cebu City in the Visayas.

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Peace and security, better infrastructure for Mindanao

Binay also vowed that his administration will work to secure peace and security in Mindanao.

He said aside from giving the Mindanaoans better access to basic services such as education, healthcare and housing, he will also “encourage investors, pursue reforms and provide support for infrastructure development in the region.”

Better roads and infrastructure will enable farmers and entrepreneurs to offer their goods and services to a bigger market, he explained.

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Thousands support Binay rally

On Tuesday morning, thousands attended Binay’s rally with senatorial aspirants Parañaque City Councilor Alma Moreno, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force (SAF) Commander Getulio Napeñas and Sulu Princess Jacel Kiram.

All 22 towns in Lanao Del Norte sent about 500 members each who gathered at the town plaza of Pantao Ragat.

On Monday, Binay and the UNA candidates also visited the towns of Opol and Lugait in Misamis Oriental and Iligan in Lanao Del Norte.

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Pagadian City-based journalist Jong Cadion contributed to this report.