LIBERAL Party (LP) officials on Monday took turns in belying a supposed “black propaganda” to eliminate Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe from the presidential race in favor of administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.
In separate interviews with The Manila Times, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and LP spokesman Barry Gutierrez denied hatching insidious legal moves to have Poe disqualified and Binay jailed.
“I absolutely have no knowledge of that. But in this season of partisan politicking, candidates come up with absurdities to attract attention,” said Abad, a member of the so-called Hyatt 10 who broke away from former President Gloria Arroyo.
Belmonte, who is also LP campaign manager, claimed that Binay has “powerful” lawyers who can take care of his legal problems.
“It’s not true. Ridiculous. Regarding Grace, (the) Ombudsman has no say. Regarding Binay, I’m sure he has powerful lawyers with influence in the Ombudsmans office,” the House leader said.
The officials were reacting to a Times report about an alleged plot hatched by the LP with former associates of the defunct powerful law firm, CVC Law, or The Firm to ensure the victory of Roxas by getting rid of his two strongest rivals.
“The agenda is to apply their full might and influence to have Grace disqualified while making sure that Binay is put behind bars,” a source said.
Joey Salgado, one of Binay’s spokesmen, said they are aware of such “dark” legal operations.
Gutierrez dismissed the report as mere rumors.
“VP Binay and Sen Poe’s cases are already being taken up in the appropriate tribunals, following regular processes. These processes are open and have always been open to scrutiny by the public. Mar and Leni (Robredo) have received their fair share of unfair attacks these past few weeks. But they haven’t whined, or complained, or screamed ‘black propaganda!’ at the top of their lungs. Instead they have quietly, calmly, patiently answered every question, issued the necessary clarifications, and taken the appropriate steps to address each issue,” the LP spokesman pointed out.