THE city government of Makati on Thursday denied reports that Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay was prevented by security guards from passing through a restricted gate of Dasmariñas Village.
Binay’s spokesperson and chief information officer Joey Salgado described the report published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) as “false and malicious.”
Salgado said it was unfortunate that “the Inquirer relied too heavily on a source who was conveniently not identified.”
“Obviously, the source gave false and malicious information to the PDI,” he added.
Contrary to the report, Salgado said no arrests were made, and the mayor did not order any arrest. Report indicated that the mayor had ordered the arrest of three security guards on November 30.
“The guards volunteered to go with the police. The video bears this out.
This was also clarified by both the owner of the security agency, Mr. Ram Antonio, and the Makati chief of police in their interviews, but PDI opted to bury their statements,” he noted.
Salgado also pointed out that nowhere in the video does one see the convoy forcing its way through the gate.
In fact, he said, the four-car convoy waited for the police to arrive.
Salgado also stressed that the mayor never uttered the words “Kilala mo ba ako [Do you know me]?” as claimed by PDI’s unnamed source.
“This is false and downright malicious. On the contrary, the mayor went down his vehicle and said “Si Mayor Binay ako. Baka pwedeng makiraan lang [I am Mayor Binay. Can we pass through]?” Salgado said.
He said this after the guard refused to believe a staffer who said the mayor was inside the vehicle.
“The PDI could have easily verified this with Antonio and the guard,” he said.
“We consider the matter closed. Mr. Antonio has apologized for the lapses in providing security assistance to the mayor, a courtesy extended to all visiting VIPs,” Salgado said.