Binay promises pro-poor programs in Quezon province

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Binay promised Quezon residents that he would carry out pro-poor projects if he won the presidency.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay made the rounds in Quezon province on Thursday (February 25), visiting the towns of Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, and Lucena City.

Binay was joined by Quezon Governor David Suarez and his father, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez.

In their speeches, the Suarezes endorsed Binay, his running mate Gringo Honasan, and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidates.

Governor Suarez said that Binay, coming from poverty himself, understood the plight of the poor.

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For his part, Binay promised Quezon residents that he would carry out pro-poor projects such as the creation of a senior citizen fund, and the expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) if he won the presidency.

The opposition standard-bearer, who was a human rights lawyer during the Marcos regime and among those who regularly took part in commemorating the 1986 People Power revolution, was noticeably away from Edsa's 30th anniversary programs in Metro Manila.

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Quezon has more than a million registered voters.

In the 2010 vice presidential elections, Binay beat administration bet Mar Roxas in the province -- if only by about 34,000 votes.

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.