Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday said he expects the “campaign of lies” to continue against him as perpetrated by his political enemies who also have their eyes on the country’s highest post.
The Vice President is the subject of a Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry into the allegedly overpriced P2.2-billion Makati City Hall Building 2, which was built during his term as its local chief executive.
In a statement, Binay’s spokesman and head of his media division Joey Salgado noted the “ratings drop” for personalities leading the probe.
The drop in ratings of the top investigators—Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th and Alan Peter Cayetano—”shows that people do not appreciate abuse of senatorial privilege to launch a witch hunt in aid of ambition,” Salgado said.
“Unfortunately, these personalities will probably ignore this lesson and just redouble their vicious attacks. This will be of no importance to the [Vice President], who continues to lead despite their grandstanding and the baseless attacks, and amid a widening field of contenders,” he added.
Binay had a 10-point decline in the latest Pulse Asia Survey—from 41 percent in June to 31 percent in September. His closest rival was Liberal Party’s Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, also the Interior secretary, who got 13 percent.
If Binay’s “detractors” feel strongly about the allegations by “discredited local politicians,” they should bring the matter before the court of law, Salgado said.