Binay hits Poe on citizenship

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) scored independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe for denouncing her citizenship when she took an oath as American citizen.

“Lagi mong sinasabi na ikaw ay tunay na Pilipino pano ka magiging tunay na Pilipino e sumumpa ka na maging Amerikano?”Binay directly asked Poe during the second presidential debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), TV5 and the Philippine Star at the University of the Philippines Cebu on Sunday (March 20).

[Translation: "You always say that you are a true Filipino. How will you be a true Filipino when you took an oath to be American?"]

“Kinahihiya mo ang pinanggalingan mo,” Binay told Poe.

[Translation: "You denounce where you came from."]

To this, Poe hit back at Binay, “Dito ka nga nakatira sa bansa pero nangulimbat ka naman ng pera.”

[Translation: "You live here but you stole money."]

Binay answered back that he is innocent because the court has not proved otherwise. “Kung magbintang ka parang ako ay nahatulan na,” Binay said.

[Translation: "You are accusing me as if I have been found guilty already."]

The two candidates’ heated word war was repeatedly cut short by the moderator, TV5’s Luchi Cruz Valdes, but no one wanted to give up the fight.

Binay even went on to read what supposed to be a document stating that Poe denounced her citizenship, but Valdes once again stopped Binay since the Comelec ruled no notes or documents should be brought onstage.

Earlier, Binay endured criticisms from the other candidates for the corruption allegations that hound him.