Real estate developed Delfin Lee on Monday claimed that Vice President Jejomar Binay tried to extort P200 million from him in exchange for the dropping of the complaint against him.
Lee, who is facing charges of syndicated estafa in connection with the P6.6 billion housing scandal involving loans from Pag-ibig Fund, claimed that Binay made the demand through Gerry Limlingan.
The businessman claimed that the real reason behind his persecution and incarceration is his refusal to give in to Binay’s demand and to agree to implicate former Vice President Noli de Castro in the Pag-IBIG Fund scam.
At the resumption of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the alleged controversies involving Binay, senators allowed lawyer Willie Rivera to read Lee’s statement.
“I am emboldened to come forward to reveal the truth because it was only recently that good men like yourselves in the government took the cudgel for the Filipino nation to reveal the corrupt practices of this very powerful political figure,” Lee said in the statement.
He argued that despite allegations that he defrauded Pag-IBIG Fund of P 6.6 billion, no civil complaint has been filed against him.
“Why is it that up to now or after five years, Pag-IBIG Fund has not sent me or my company any demand letter demanding the payment of the amount of P6.6 billion?” he asked.
The camp of Binay criticized Trillanes for lawyering for Lee.
Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president of the United Nationalist alliance (UNA), said he was disturbed by Trillanes’ attitude.
“This is not about evidence. This is all about perception and painting a negative picture of VP Binay through lies and innuendoes,” he added.
Sen. Nancy Binay also slammed the “accuse first, ask later” attitude of Trillanes and blasted the senator for manipulating the discourse of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee hearing.
According to Binay, the Senate committee hearing on the Makati City hall Building II has been the longest in the history of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. She noted that none of the accusations presented during hearings have been proven.
“It is disturbing that Sen. Trillanes does not even make an effort to hide the fact that his actions are motivated by his ambition. He will stop at nothing to get to the position he wants in 2016,” Binay said in a statement.
Darlene Marie Berberabe, president and chief executive officer of Pag-ibig Fund, in a previous hearing expressed belief that there may have been a “special arrangement” between Lee’s Globe Asiatique and the former officials Pag-ibig.
She cited the 2009 arrangement wherein Globe Asiatique was given a five-year buy back guarantee following the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Pag-ibig and Lee’s company.