The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday accused the Philippine National Police (PNP) of harassment and intimidation for its role in the serving of the Ombudsman’s dismissal order to Makati Mayor Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.
Rico Quicho, the spokesman of the Vice President, said the Binay camp will not be surprised if the PNP will raise “old issues” against the older Binay.
They may also file cases against the Vice President “to divert attention from their unlawful and unconstitutional acts” although they know “fully well that the principle of immunity from suit applies to the Vice President.”
“Should this happen, the Vice President will confront his accusers in the proper forum. Their actions will not deter the VP from pursuing his dreams for the poor, and all hard-working and decent men and women in uniform,” Quicho said.
He added that the actions of the police officers “demean their uniform and the integrity of the institution.”
The harassment of the mayor by the Department of Interior and Local Government when they served the Ombudsman’s dismissal order on Wednesday shows that the PNP “is part of the all-out administration effort to harass and intimidate the Vice President,” Quicho said.
“This is most unfortunate, as the Vice President has always advocated the welfare of our policemen, particularly in addressing their needs for decent shelter,” he added.
The spokesman said the Vice President stood by the PNP, especially the members of the Special Action Forces (SAF), “in their darkest hours and is determined to claim justice for the families of the SAF 44.”
As a former human rights lawyer, Quicho said Binay will not allow a “few abusive and politically connected police officers” to trample on the Constitution and human rights of ordinary citizens.
Binay’s camp has reacted against the PNP’s alleged intimidation of the dismissed Makati mayor, saying that the real target of the administration-led harassment is the Vice President because he’s running as president in the 2016 elections.
Binay is running against Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, who was endorsed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Mayor Binay was dismissed from his Makati post for allegations of graft and corruption relating to the overpriced Makati City Building 2.