Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) alights from his car on his way to the Philippine Center in New York on June 5.  (Photo courtesy of Bayan Patroller by Florian Alerta)


One of the vehicles in the convoy of Vice President Jejomar Binay figured in a car accident around 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Manhattan, but Binay and the rest of the Philippine delegation were all safe.

The Vice President was in another car behind a gray Toyota Sienna minivan that was bumped by a pick up truck on Fifth Avenue and 46th Street just a few steps away from the Philippine Center Building, according to Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado.

No one was injured and the accident only incurred “very minor damage” on the vehicles involved.

The accident reportedly happened while Binay’s delegation was heading to a flag-raising ceremony at the Philippine Center, hours before the start of the Philippines Independence Day parade on Madison Avenue.

Binay, the government housing czar left last Friday for the United States with top officials of key shelter agencies (KSA) to attend a two-week program on housing finance at the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, ironically the same school where his former rival for the vice presidency, former Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, studied economics in 1979.

As presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concerns, Binay also held dialogues with Filipino communities in Rockland County, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Monterey, California during his stay in the U.S.

Binay will also attend the flag raising on June 12 in Washington, and the Rizal Day celebration on June 17 in Monterey, before flying back home.

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