SAYING that a Senate probe was unnecessary, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay is bent on demanding an apology from Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and the Blue Ribbon Committee once the allegations of overpricing in the construction of Makati City Hall Building 2 are proven false.
“When the facts all come out and when the allegations are proven false, we ask nothing in return but a public apology from the senator who authored the probe, and from the committee for allowing itself to be used as a venue for character assassination and political demolition,” Binay said.
“The allegations have already been discredited as baseless by an intensive review made by COA [Commission on Audit] in response to a request made by the complainants,” Binay explained.
“The Ombudsman has already asked the parties to comment. This means that the investigation process has started. A Senate inquiry would therefore be unnecessary,” he added.
Nonetheless, the mayor said he and his father Vice President Jejomar Binay “totally welcome the investigation,” but asked to be “treated decently” by the senator.
The younger Binay reacted to Trillanes’ statement that he will “present witnesses against the Vice President.”
“May we remind the senator that this is not a trial. It is supposed to be a hearing in aid of legislation,” he noted.
Binay emphasized that the disputed building was not for parking but an office building with parking floors.
According to him, Trillanes was apparently not interested in seeking out the truth and has already prejudged the issue.
“Based on his statements, he has made up his mind an d he intends to use the Senate hearing as a platform to malign the name of the Vice President,” he said.