PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is keeping an open mind on allegations of graft against Vice President Jejomar Binay in connection with the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2, according to Malacañang deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte.
Valte said the charges against Binay and the Senate hearing being conducted on the allegations are the least among the President’s concerns.
“What the President said is that he has no sufficient information on the allegations. He only gets information from the media,” the Palace official told a news briefing on Thursday.
Valte said she could not remember any moment that the President had talked about the matter.
“He can’t say either for the truth or the falsity of [the]allegations and counter-allegations,” she added.
Valte said Aquino’s friendship with Binay has not changed.
“Remember he [the President]said: ‘The truth shall set you free’,” she pointed out.
Valte said she monitored Thursday’s Senate hearing where the issue on reforming public biddings was raised.
According to her, the Palace supports proposals to strengthen the government’s procurement process by making it more transparent.
She gave assurances that the government has taken steps to ensure that biddings are open and transparent.
Among these steps, Valte said, is “improving the PHilGEPS [Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System] website” that requires strict documentary compliance before projects are uploaded for bidding and for posting.