VICE President Jejomar Binay on Friday said the extortion allegations hurled against presidential sister Ballsy Aquino and her husband Eldon Cruz is nothing but a “demolition job.”
The couple was allegedly involved in an extortion attempt against a Czech company that is supposedly among the bidders for the new coaches of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.
“I am inclined to believe that this is a demolition job,” Binay said in a statement. “I have known Ballsy and her husband for a long time, and I can personally vouch for their integrity.”
Binay, who was close to the late President Corazon Aquino, said the family was never involved in corruption and abuse of power.
“Kilala ko ang pamilya ni Pangulong Cory. Nakilala ko sila bago pa at lalung-lalo na nang magsimula si Pangulong Noynoy na maglingkod sa bayan. Wala silang bahid ng korupsyon at abuso sa kapangyahiran (I know the family of President Cory. I got to know them before Noynoy served as president. They have never been involved in corruption and abuse of power).”
The reports added that apart from the couple, former Transportation secretary Pete Prado and Engr. Steve Psinakis tried to extort $30 million from a Czech company in exchange for a supply contract with the MRT.
The Czech representative however rejected the couple’s offer, the reports added.
Malacañang has already denied the allegations.
Ritchie A. Horario