VICE President Jejomar Binay’s apparent lack of interest in appearing before a Senate investigation of alleged overpricing of construction of Makati City Hall Building 2 and his supposed hidden wealth stems from the probers’ failure to present concrete evidence on the charges against him, according to a political analyst.
“They [senators]have been saying that they have hard evidence but where are the documents?” Ramon Casiple said in an interview of the inability of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee to come up with proof of Binay’s alleged wrongdoing.
The sub-committee, Casiple added, also failed to present solid evidence that could back up allegations about the Vice President’s supposed ownership of an agricultural estate in Rosario, Batangas, which is owned by Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp. of businessman Antonio Tiu.
The political analyst said the sub-committee has been using as “evidence” news reports of television networks and even from social networking sites that according to him is a clear indication that it still has no smoking gun that could link the Vice President to the Batangas property.
Casiple added that the sub-committee risked harming the entire Senate if it continued to be one-sided, vindictive and malicious against Binay.
The Senate blue ribbon mother committee will convene on November 6 with or without Binay around.