LP behind plot to destroy Binay

    TIAONG WELCOME  Vice President Jejomar Binay greets the crowd who waited for his caravan in Tiaong, Quezon. Hundreds of his supporters welcomed the candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance who visited the province Thursday.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay greets the crowd who waited for his caravan in Tiaong, Quezon. Hundreds of his supporters welcomed the candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance who visited the province Thursday.

    PROPONENTS of the so-called “Oplan Nognog” will stop at nothing to prevent United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Jejomar Binay from winning in May, his spokesman said on Thursday.

    Joey Salgado, UNA’s campaign communications director, said an elaborate plan against Binay is being carried out relentlessly by people identified with the camp of Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.

    “As far as we know, they will not stop especially now that the VP [Vice President] is leading the SWS [Social Weather Stations] presidential survey,” Salgado told The Manila Times. “Oplan Nognog is their plan to discredit the VP through Senate hearings,” he noted. Nognog in the vernacular is a derogatory word that refers to a person’s dark complexion.

    The latest SWS survey showed Binay edging out his rivals at 29 percent.

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe tied at second place with each getting 24 percent.

    Besides being at the tailend of the surveys, Roxas’ rating dropped from 21 percent to 18 percent in the January survey.

    Talks about “Oplan Nognog” were revived as Binay’s lawyers scored two supporters of Roxas for refusing to respond to questions they posed about secret meetings at the Nickel Asia Corporation (NAC) Tower in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City (Metro Manila), where the two and a few others allegedly plotted to destroy Binay’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential elections.

    “Francis Enrico ‘Eric’ Gutierrez, who owns SR Metals Inc. and subsidiaries San R Mining Co. and Galeo Equipment and Mining Co., and Salvador ‘Buddy’ Zamora, who owns Nickel Asia Corp., refused to answer the Written Interrogatories served to them that sought to elicit their answers on their participation in the conspiracy to destroy the name and reputation of the Vice President,” Binay’s lawyer Claro Certeza said in a statement released to the media on Thursday.

    By not answering, the duo indirectly confirmed that there is a demolition job against Binay and his family, Certeza added.

    Written Interrogatories, he explained, is a mode of discovery that allows a party in a legal case to demand that the adverse party answer under oath questions material to the case.

    Gutierrez and Zamora were supposed to file their answers 15 days after receipt of the Written Interrogatories served on January 28. The questions were required to be answered under oath.

    “The plan to derail Vice President Binay’s presidential candidacy allegedly includes the numerous Senate blue ribbon sub-committee hearings, the Ombudsman cases filed by Mr. Renato Bondal, and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) strong-arming the Vice President and his supporters,” Certeza said.

    Gutierrez and Zamora are among several individuals named in a P200-million damage suit filed by the Vice President before the Makati Regional Trial Court.

    The two also refused to confirm that Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th and LP stalwart Caloocan City (Metro Manila) Rep. Edgar Erice also attended at least one of the supposed meetings when the demolition job against Binay was discussed and planned.

    Certeza claimed that the two businessmen also refused to confirm that Hernani Braganza, Ronald Llamas, Dexter Estacio, Mari Jogardi, Ariel Olivar, Erwin Antonio, lawyers Jaye dela Cruz and Sarah Lou Arriola, Cecilia Lero, Vince Dizon, Ching and Babes Suba, Raul Ang, Cora Dacong, Dan Kelly and Giboy Salapantan were also present during these meetings.

    Estacio, Jogardi, Arriola and Dizon are members of Cayetano’s staff.

    “Gutierrez and Zamora also refused to answer if they personally knew AMLC officials Amando Tetangco Jr., Teresita Herbosa, Emmanuel Dooc and lawyer Julia Abad; if they were provided copies of the AMLC report on the bank accounts and financial records of the Vice President; and if the said report was discussed in their meetings at NAC Tower,” the Binay lawyer said.

    “The two also refused to answer whether they made contributions to Roxas and the LP for the 2010 elections and are making contributions to fund the LP and Roxas’ presidential campaign for 2016,” Certeza added.

    The camp of Binay also alleged that Erice and a person connected with LP accompanied Gutierrez to a meeting to negotiate and discuss a loan Gutierrez had with a banking institution.

    Binay’s lawyers also sought to determine whether Gutierrez and Zamora owned the helicopters used to take the aerial footage shown by former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado during his testimony in the Senate against Binay.

    Gutierrez is the owner of the Cessna planes being used by Roxas in his campaign trail. The two businessmen, said to be among then-Sen. Benigno Aquino the 3rd’s biggest campaign contributors in 2010, were also accused of meeting with witnesses who testified against Binay in the blue ribbon sub-committee hearings.


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    1. So the LP club already attack this social site …. i don’t know you people who describes yourself as pious …. (with branched horns in you head) anyway why don’t you file a case against Binay after the election …. i will jot down your names and your comments day in / day out so that i can monitor what are your preceding comments if HE IS VOTED for office … well my guess is not surprising …. unless you are a BALINGBING…. keep on posting and you will know what kind of person/s you are ….. because after the election i will post this comment of yours … promise…

    2. We all know that surveys are being paid and being bought by Binays camp, you should not brag about it, you are making us stupid that he is really leading in the survey’s

      • same thing being done my mar roxas. bought and paid for surveys, ads, what have you.

        poe is different. her uncle, mahar mangahas, is the owner of SWS. no need to pay him. just release some ragtag report at the right time to influence the voting public

    3. If there is a plan and as long at it within the law, then, it should be applauded as it is part of a democratic election process to win. But if illegal then it should be investigated and prosecuted . On the other hand if it is trumped- up allegation by Binay supporters without any vestige of truth then it should be denounced as underhanded and prosecuted also.Personally, I am skeptical with Binay’s allegation for his reputation belies his claim.

    4. The Liberal Party are the ones who have ruined everything in the Philippines the past 6 years. They are responsible for ruining every agency thru incompetence and corruptions.

      MRT & LTO – Thank the Liberal Party for it’s sorry state.

      Gridlock in Manila – Thank the Liberal Party

      Pork Barrel Scandal – Liberal Party (Aquino and Abad)

      DAP Fund – Liberal Party (Aquino and Abad)

      Fraudulent elections 2010 -2013 – Liberal Party

      The Liberal Party is a criminal organization in control of the government

    5. siya mismo ang sumisira sa sarili nya. wag na syang manisi ng iba. nung mga nakaraang taong ng rampant corruption is more than enough to taint his reputation. sisihin nyo po sarili nyo mr binay. pati mga apo nyo tampulan na ng pang-aasar sa skul nila. wala po ba kayong konsiyensiya

      • I agree, Binay destroyed himself. If he is truly clean , he should have defended himself in the senate hearing. What he did was not attend and covered himself with immunity from being sued. After the election there is a 90 per cent chance that the whole father , mother and son will go to jail unless they quickly leave this country. That is also the reason AMLAC reported that billion of dollars were moved from PHL banks to Canada.

    6. The fact that the allegations against Binay appears to be true and supported by hard evidence is not hampered by allegations of said plot by the LP. If you are a thief then a thief you are regardless of who accusses you.

    7. Filipinos of their right mind should unite and vote against Binay. Only a fool will vote for him. Pera ng mamamayang Pilipino ang ginagamit niya sa pang uuto ng mga kababayan nating kapospalad.