Don’t drag my daughter into the fray, Binay tells Senate foes
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday blasted the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee for dragging his youngest daughter into their effort to malign his name.
“It’s lamentable. Why do they have to involve my youngest daughter in trying to disgrace me?” Binay said in an interview in Camarines Sur.
“Sobra na po. Sobra na [Enough is enough],” he added.
A copy of the interview was released to the media by Binay’s camp.
At the blue ribbon hearing on Thursday, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano presented photos posted on Instagram by Joanna Marie Binay showing her inside the Batangas estate that Cayetano insists is owned by the Vice President.
Having a photo taken inside the property does not prove ownership of the estate, Binay said.
At the same hearing, Antonio Tiu presented a document, which he said establishes his ownership of the sprawling property in Rosario, Batangas.
“What’s wrong with having a picture taken [in the property]? The owner entertains guests there,” he said.
Binay also slammed what he said was the Senate sub-committee’s blatant disregard for protocol when it prevented United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) Interim Secretary General JV Bautista and UNA Interim President Tobias Tiangco from attending the hearing.
Cayetano had ordered the Senate sergeant at arms to remove Bautista and Tiangco from the hearing hall.
“No respect for protocol at all,” Binay said of Cayetano.
“That’s the mark of Cayetano. He throws his weight around. He disregarded the right of the witnesses to have counsel. I don’t know the rules these people in the Senate abide by,” the Vice President added.
Binay appealed to members of the sub-committee “to raise the standards of politics and not resort to mudslinging.”
“I hope these people stop their smear campaign. Let us raise the level of elections. Let’s refrain from peddling lies and smear tactics, and present instead advocacies. Let’s clean up politics,” he said.
The Vice President has made known his intention to run in the 2016 presidential elections.
He said the recent attacks on his and his family’s reputations are borne out of the political agenda of Cayetano and fellow senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, both also rumored to have plans to run for the presidency.