• Binays challenge Senate

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     Vice President Jejomar Binay refused to attend a Senate inquiry on the Makati City Hall Building 2. PHOTO BY RENEN DILAN

    Vice President Jejomar Binay refused to attend a Senate inquiry on the Makati City Hall Building 2. PHOTO BY RENEN DILAN

    VICE President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay on Thursday challenged the Senate’s power to conduct an inquiry into allegations that the Makati City Hall Building 2 was overpriced.

    The Binays did not attend the hearing called on the same day by a sub-committee of the Senate blue ribbon panel.

    Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, the Vice President’s spokesman on political concerns, said Binay has “already brought the issues directly to the people, and answered before them these baseless and malicious allegations against him and his family.”

    “The Senate is not the proper forum to answer the malicious accusations against the Vice President. Only the courts can decide on criminal liabilities,” he added.

    The Makati City mayor said he will not attend the Senate hearings until his motion challenging the jurisdiction of the sub-committee is resolved by the blue ribbon committee.

    Hours before the Senate hearing was to start, Binay held a news conference and announced that he, through his lawyer Claro Certeza, filed a motion to interpose jurisdictional challenge to Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, chairman of the blue ribbon committee.

    The motion also seeks to quash or recall the subpoena ad testificandum issued to the mayor.

    “Hanggang maresolba ang isyu na ito, karapatan ko po na pansamantalang hindi dumalo sa pagdinig sa Senado [Until this issue of jurisdiction is resolved, it is my right to not attend the Senate hearings],” the younger Binay said.

    Meanwhile, Remulla said detractors of the Vice President, including some senators, wanted Binay to attend the hearing because they know their “malicious accusations” will not stand in court.

    “That is why no cases against Vice President Binay have prospered,” he pointed out.

    The Cavite governor earlier criticized the Senate sub-committee for allowing supposed witnesses to hurl accusations against Binay without concrete proof or evidence.

    “In the final analysis, the people will render the final and most important verdict on his fitness to serve, not senators driven by their own selfish political agenda,” Remulla said.

    In a letter to Senate President Franklin Drilon, Guingona and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, lawyer Martin Subido said the Vice President “welcomes any fair and impartial inquiry into the allegations made by his local political opponents, no matter how malicious, baseless and politically driven they may be.”

    He noted that Mayor Binay and other Makati officials have testified and submitted all the documents requested by the sub-committee.

    “The testimonial and documentary evidence justified the reasonableness of the cost incurred in constructing the Makati City Hall Building [2] as further confirmed by the Commission on Audit (COA) in its 10 contract and technical reviews conducted since 2008 until 2013,” Subido said.

    He described the Senate inquiry as “a highly politicized forum” where baseless statements have been allowed to malign Binay and his family.

    “Worse, the inquiry is being conducted to determine the criminal and administrative culpability of our client when he was still mayor of Makati City,” he said, adding that the hearing does not even have a valid legislative purpose.

    On the testimony of Ernesto Aspillaga that he received handwritten notes from the Vice President and former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay on all the bidding documents in Makati City, Remulla said there were hundreds of bids conducted during the period cited by Aspillaga “yet he admitted he doesn’t have a copy of a single note.”

    “Obviously these are “imaginary notes. Why did he not reveal the existence of those notes when he was being investigated by the Ombudsman for the same biddings he mentioned in his testimony, for which he is now facing several cases before the courts? Clearly he is fabricating his testimony to avail himself of Witness Protection Program immunity,” the governor noted.

    Remulla said the Senate investigation “is part of a fishing expedition that violates the constitutional rights of private individuals, and validates the position taken by Vice President Binay and Mayor Binay in his jurisdictional challenge that the hearings are not in aid of legislation but are meant to tarnish the reputation of the Vice President and his family.”

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    1. Remulla, maghunusdili ka sa pagtatangol sa mga Binays. Remulla, at mga Binays , matakot kayo sa DIYOS kung nagsisinungaling kayo. Pag nagalit ang Diyos sa kasiningalingan ninyo, IMPYERNO ang tiyak na bagsak ninyo. HUWAG MAGNAKAW!!!! – ang isang kautusan ng DIYOS. Remulla, sa pagtatangol mo sa mga Binay ay baka mapasali ka sa galit ng DIYOS. Umalis ka na diyan.

    2. I think that the challenge of Binay is correct! The Senate Soap Investigation is about overprice building. Now it is moving to hidden wealth! So, finish the investigation on the over pricing. If the contractors who made the building submitted documents that do show over pricing or no over pricing then make the report.

      Since it has TV coverage, the senators are using it for free exposure!

    3. If The Binay family, has nothing to hide which is something fishy, then there is no fear to face accusers in any forum, especially more undecided voters having ocular inspection to Binay’s case if their something truth to it if he can’t not rebutt in the open. No amount of accusation or alleged can destroy you, If you are clean before public. So the public perception is VP Binay and Mayor JJ Binay colluded and conspired to cover up something, that will definite destroy Binay’s fate to Presidency, this will be his Waterloo. Now that active netizen, written pages about the issue left and right. Binay is the sole responsible to clear his name and also outright downfall to his aim as likely promising President. Because when the election come this issue if not closed will be unearth and used as the perfect leverage to mudslinging given the fact that always happen to Phillppines politics. Look at an example. Then Sen. Villar chance diminish overnight, after lurking in the controversy.

    4. Kayong mga maka-BINAY (lalo na ang Jr niya at si Remulla) ay huwag masyadong confident na gusto ng mga tao ang pangungurakot at pagpapayaman ni Binay at iboto siya. Antayin ninyo ang survey. Ikaw Jr Binay, takot ka na naman na mabuking sa senado. Wala ka naming utak kundi magpayaman at na-a- fford mo pang magplagay ng elevator sa bahay mo. Marami akong kilalang mayayaman pero hindi sila gahaman kagaya ng pamilya mo. Mangilabot sana kayong mag-aanak sa kasinungalingan ninyo. Mangilabot kayo sa Diyos.Kayo ring mga alipores ni Binay, mangilabot kayo sa Diyos sa kasinungalingan ninyo. Magsabi na kayo ng totoo.