Binay to go on live TV to answer raps

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VICE President Jejomar Binay will answer on Monday the accusations hurled against him and his family by their critics who claimed that the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 was grossly overpriced and was tainted by corruption.

Binay is expected to appear live on television at 2 p.m. today to refute all allegations about the controversial building, which is the subject of an investigation by the Senate blue ribbon committee.

Aside from clarifying the issue, the Vice President is also expected to give his assessment on the state of the country and his predictions on what will happen in the next two years.

Previously, the camp of Binay had decried the conduct of the inquiry led by Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, saying the investigation was not in aid of legislation but in aid of political demolition.


Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman on political concerns, labeled the panel as a kangaroo court.

Binay’s camp also deplored the acceptance into the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the three main detractors of the Vice President all of whom he described as having “questionable morals and dubious reliability.”

One of them, Renato Bondal, lied under oath when he claimed that the birthday cakes given to senior citizens in Makati City were overpriced at P1,000 per cake.

When shown official documents that the cakes cost only P300 each, Bondal admitted that the P1,000 was only a “guess.”

Another witness, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, “has not provided any credible evidence to support his allegations, while also changing his testimonies twice especially concerning the question on whether Binay earned from the project,” Remulla said.

Mercado “even produced bags as props. But props in a Senate kangaroo court will not be considered evidence in a court of law” Remulla pointed out.

“What is clear is that Mercado himself had admitted to receiving kickbacks from the projects, and we find it highly improbable if such an admission will qualify Mercado as not being the most guilty. Yet, taxpayers are also paying for his protection,” he said.

In a statement, the Office of the Vice President said the Department of Justice (DOJ) must not allow Mercado to abuse the WPP privileges.

“The agency should not tolerate his gambling habit to the point that it will provide security for Mercado each time he visits casinos or cockpits to gamble” it added. “This will be the ultimate disservice to the WPP and a total waste of taxpayers’ money all to advance the political demolition agenda of two senators.”

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8 Comments

  1. They choose to belied the accusations by national television, without question and answer to the press. Why can’t he allow the question and answer?

  2. Eliseo Jr. P.Tenza on

    I am so afraid on this coming election that VP Binay might win the Presidency.
    It doesnt matter what the common people believes on the alleged Corruption of the Vice President and his family. It is the politically rich clans that dictates the next President. No matter how much is said in the Senate Investigation,regarding the alleged kickbacks, rich political clans, like the Cojuangcos and Aquinos, Remulas, and other powerful clans, close their eyes and plugs their ears, have more influence on the result of the election. VP Binay has been ignoring the Senate investigation, and no matter what the Senate findings are it cannot convict. The only way that this matter can be concluded is for the OMBUDSMAN to start the investigation. When this Plunder case was brought to the office of the OMBUDSMAN, I have asked for the OMBUDSMAN to start their investigation. Up to now I havent heard or received any news report that the doffice of the OMBUDSMAN has started the investigation. If the people wants this case to be concluded we must pressure the OMBUDSMAN start the investigation and conclude the case before the next election.

  3. wally dela cruz on

    if u be part of pinoy admin in shot time u will be a millioner see purisima 25 m renovation plus his so many cotong inside and outside. so expect also of his subordiante sabi nga kung ano ang gingawa ng amo un din ang gagawin ng mga tuta diba

  4. If you know about Mr13%VP Binay corruption mag whistleblower na kayo at malagay kayo sa WPP,habang buhay pa kayo.Yes R Bondal lied under oat saying the cake overprice at P1000.00 per cake but actually it is P2000.00 per cake from Nancy Bake Shop.Mercado have gambling habit and Binay have corruption habit.

  5. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Let us hear the VP and give him a chance to air his side. Allan, Pimentel and Sonny have gone beyond reason for ambition sake when they themselves are broiled in their own wrong doings.Due process must and should be observed if we truly are a democratic country. God bless the Philippines.

  6. jose hernani m. parco on

    perhaps it would be better if he can fully explain in detail how did they become so filthy rich and become billionaires in Makati?