THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said “new” evidence to be presented when the Senate blue ribbon committee resumes hearings in January next year will be nothing but lies.
Rep. Tobias Tiangco, interim president of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said detractors of the Vice President will intensify their attacks next year using the same concocted lies by supposed witnesses.
He made the statement in reaction to a declaration of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th that the “new” evidence will be presented when the blue ribbon sub-committee restarts proceedings on January 22, 2015.
Joey Salgado, the Vice President’s spokesman and media affairs head, shared Tobias’ view.
“The senator alleges the existence of ‘new’ evidence. We expect this purported evidence to be similar to the ones presented by Mr. Ernesto Mercado [former Makati City vice mayor], which can only be described as documents of dubious origin, relevance and authenticity. The statements made by Mr. Mercado are no different.
They have all been lies,” Salgado said in a statement.
“And the list of lies goes on. For sure they will be the same smear concocted by witnesses,” he added.
Salgado was referring to Mercado’s earlier claim that Binay owns a 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas.
But Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said there are no documents to show that the property does belong to the Vice President.
Salgado cited the former vice mayor’s allegations on existence of an air-conditioned piggery owned by Binay. But an inspection of the property showed no such piggey.
Another lie made by Mercado before the Senate sub-committee, Salgado said, is his claim that he paid for and was on board the helicopter that conducted an aerial inspection of the Rosario property of Sunchamp farms.
When it was discovered that Mercado’s name was not on the flight manifest, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano was forced to admit that he hired the helicopter and that members of his staff were on board.
Belle Corp. has also denied Mercado’s accusation that the Vice President owned a log cabin in Tagaytay Highlands.
Salgado said since Trillanes announced his intention to run for President in 2016, the senator is expected to pursue the Senate probe of the Vice President’s alleged wrongdoing “not in aid of legislation but to gain media mileage for himself.”
“The senator should not be shy to admit that he intends to use the Senate forum to further his presidential ambition,” he added.
After conducting 11 hearings on the supposedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 using taxpayers’ money, Salgado said the senators have offered to the public mere allegations, insinuations and guesswork as earlier admitted by another resource person, lawyer Renato Bondal.
“Despite several hearings, none of them have presented concrete evidence that would be given credence in a court of law. Several of these allegations have been proven patently false,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Salgado dared Trillanes to explain what he did with his “pork barrel” and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds.
“The Filipino people deserve more than dirty underhanded political attacks from ambitious presidential aspirants. They deserve to be told how they will benefit from those who aspire for higher office,” he said.