• Allegations are not evidence – Binay

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    HE LISTENS Vice President Jejomar Binay greets market goers in Ilocos Sur.

    HE LISTENS Vice President Jejomar Binay greets market goers in Ilocos Sur.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay dismissed as mere allegations a supposed Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report that he got billions from infrastructure projects in Makati City.

    “This one’s for the books I tell you. For one year and a half we were investigated by the Senate, whose job is in aid of legislation,” he said during a sortie in La Union.

    “Allegations are not evidence. Corruption is a criminal liability. The only time that you can be touted as corrupt is when you are convicted by the courts. It’s not when you are being accused,” Binay, the standard bearer of the United Nationalist Opposition (UNA), said.

    UNA president Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said that the AMLC corrected twice its petition for asset protection filed in November last year before the Manila Regional Trial Court and admitted that Binay has one bank account containing P1.7 million and not billions as it earlier claimed.

    The agency also asked the court to drop Agrifortuna and JC Binay Foundation from the petition.

    Binay’s camp said this as an admission that there is no evidence to link these two entities to alleged illegal activities.

    Tiangco blasted the AMLC for its inconsistencies and flip-flopping, which he said showcases clear abuse of authority.

    “In the petition it filed with the RTC, the AMLC alleged, under oath, that all accounts mentioned contain illegal funds belonging to the Vice President. However, just as the hearings of the case were about to begin – where the AMLC will be required to prove its allegations – it began asking the court to drop or exclude numerous accounts of several respondents. The AMLC claimed these accounts do not contain any funds that can be forfeited by the State,” he said.

    “For more than six months, these accounts have been subjected to a thorough examination by the AMLC. The account holders became objects of ridicule and character assassination. And now AMLC says they goofed? Ano, sorry na lang?” he added.

    The UNA president also reiterated that Binay is ready to face all accusations in a court of law, but he would not let those resorting to criminal acts to malign him with impunity.

    “This latest chapter in the well-funded and well-planned black propaganda plot against the Vice President is unprecedented in scale and viciousness. That their determination to convict him through publicity came at a crucial period in the campaign is condemnable,” Tiangco added.

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    1. If these are mere allegations how come you did not attend any single senate hearing to refute it? Where is the whereabout of your trusted aid Limlingan and secretary Baloloy to shed lights that all of you are clean.Are they still alive? I am afraid they had been silenced .

    2. It is obvious that you guys are guilty of pre-judgment, which disqualifies you from being credible. The basic rule, even in human relations, is to give the other party the benefit of doubt.

    3. “Allegations are not evidence. Corruption is a criminal liability. The only time that you can be touted as corrupt is when you are convicted by the courts. It’s not when you are being accused,” Binay, the standard bearer of the United Nationalist Opposition (UNA), said.

      This makes a very good point. I don’t see why people don’t get that accusations still have to be proven in court. Knowing this, I again don’t see why people can accuse VP Binay as a liar and corrupt.

      Why is it that the premise is that one is a basic liar when he denies accusations? I guess the point is not really in the realm of common sense.

      VP Binay will have his day in court and that’s what he’s actually saying. It’s different when you present evidence before a committee that’s not even a court, in this case it’s the Senate Investigation committee. How is it different? Try arguing with someone in the streets. Everyone who passes by and hears the arguments will have his/her opinion but at the end of the day, what? No one has a hold on the other, no binding judgment or trial made under due process.

    4. matinong pinoy on

      Pretty soon Jojo, you will personally be facing these allegations, along with the people that helped you to accumulate your wealth. Make sure to take Baloloy and Limlingan with when you go to the Criminal Court. Your busload of lawyers won’t be able to help you that much, so only bring few of them. They are all bright and able lawyers and your trial should take place outside Makati, because few judges there are still on your payroll.

      Quit telling lies Jojo, that the Congress investigated you for one year and a half. All those times, you did not have the BALLS to show up at the Senate Hearing to answer questions.

      I would suggest to you Jojo, to concentrate on your campaign because if you do not win the election, your luck might end. The lies that you are spreading now do not help you in any shape, way or form, on either your campaign nor your case.

    5. Yong lupa sa batangas mga infrastructure doon at ikumpara sa sahod nilang pamilya hindi p din sasapat para makabili niyon hindi p din ba ebidensya …kaya ayaw humarap sa senado kasi natatakot na lumitaw ang katotohanan, isusugal nya muna ang pagtakbo sakaling manalo at gagawin lahat ng paraaan manalo lang lahit isangla p siguro kaluluwa sa impyerno manalo…anyway don din nmn punta manalo matalo…