WHILE describing as disturbing an attempt apparently by the executive branch to pin down Vice President Jejomar Binay on his alleged ill-gotten wealth, his camp on Wednesday said they will extend full cooperation to any investigative body that will look into the issue
The Binay camp in a statement said the government’s move smacked of “persecution.”
The Manila Times had learned that the executive, through the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), has asked the Court of Appeals to allow the council to pry into the bank accounts of the Binay family, as well as those of family corporations and a law office where a daughter of the Vice President used to be a partner.
“The Vice President’s records are open for scrutiny by the competent government agencies. However, if the report is true [that the AMLC went to the appellate court to get the go-signal to scrutinize the Binays’ bank accounts], then it means government agencies have been harnessed not only to harass and persecute ordinary citizens as a result of the baseless and malicious statements made in the Senate by political enemies of Vice President Binay,” Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman and media affairs head, said in the statement.
“It also means that the Vice President’s political opponents are desperate to stop him from pursuing his vision of a competent and caring government for all Filipinos,” Salgado added.