Makati City Rep. Abigail Binay on Sunday warned that contempt charges will be filed against Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th for saying that the Binay camp paid justices of the Court of Appeals (CA) to issue a ruling in favor of Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Erwin Binay Jr.
The Makati lawmaker dared Trillanes to present credible proof to back up his claim. The senator had said that he will name today the CA justices who received cash from the Binays in exchange for the injunction that allowed Junjun to continue being mayor of Makati.
“Senator Trillanes is now destroying the reputation and integrity of an institution. Hindi biro-biro ang ginagawa nya. Dapat ang ipakita nya yung patunay na hindi dinuktor at pang-media lang [What he is doing is no joke. He should present evidence and not resort to media tricks],” Rep. Binay said.
“The problem from the start with Senator Trillanes is that he bullies and threatens people. He always claims to have something explosive against my father [Vice President Jejomar Binay] and my family, but it always turns out to be duds,” she added.
The lawmaker said her family expects senators to again raise the issue of her father’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and income tax returns (ITRs) but records filed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will prove that the bank deposits of the Vice President came from legitimate sources.
The P254-million bank deposits of the Vice President from 2007 to 2014 reported by the Anti-Money Laundering Council, according to Rep. Binay, can be fully accounted for, citing the P630.9 million accumulated by the Binay couple in the past 27 years.
“All these can be verified in the annual SALN and ITRs filed by my parents. These and other official documents, such as the Statement of Contribution and Expenditure filed with the Comelec [Commission on Elections] after elections, can clearly show that their earnings were made through honest means,” the lawmaker said.
She noted that based on cash flow statements of the Binay couple, over P330 million came from the JCB Farms, a piggery business that the now Vice President started in 1994, P14 million came from salaries from 1986 to 2013, more than P4 million from his professional fees as a lawyer and more than P49 million from the flower shop business owned by her mother, Dr. Elenita S. Binay.
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said the Senate blue ribbon panel may expand its inquiry into the allegations against the Binays to include the alleged bribery at the appellate court.
Pimentel added that there is a possibility that the resolution calling for a Senate investigation of the alleged corruption at the CA may be referred to the blue ribbon sub-committee, which he leads, or the Senate committee on justice and human rights, which he also heads.
He explained that if Trillanes accuses a specific member of the appellate court, then the resolution will be referred to the blue ribbon committee. It depends on Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd if the case will be referred to the sub-committee.
But if the allegations of Trillanes cover the entire institution, Pimentel said, the investigation will likely be conducted by the committee on justice and human rights.
Trillanes earlier said he will file a resolution calling for a Senate investigation of the alleged corruption at the CA. He claimed that a huge amount of money was involved in the issuance of the writ of preliminary injunction by the appellate court.
The Binay camp had challenged Trillanes to prove his allegations by filing a complaint against the justices who allegedly are on the take.
The blue ribbon sub-committee probe of the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 will resume today. The committee also plans to start its inquiry into reported anomalies at the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) of the Pag-IBIG Fund, which is headed by the Vice President.