Vice President Jejomar Binay has asked the graduating students of a university in Mindanao to exercise their right to vote and take part in the 2013 midterm polls.
Binay made a speech in front of the graduates of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato during their 66th Commencement Exercises.
He asked the students "to build a new nation where people can aspire to a better life and be given a fighting chance to do just that."
"You are challenged to usher in a new order where government and its leaders hold themselves to the highest ethical standards and would defend their oaths with their very lives. In such a world, the scholars of the nation cannot be anything less than active participants," Binay said.
It was reported that Binay and former President Joseph Estrada will join forces to form a coalition of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to form the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), their ticket to the 2013 polls.