SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: Vice President Jejomar Binay blamed Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd for his reported troubles with the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman over alleged ill-gotten wealth.
“My only mistake is that I declared to run for President in 2016 too early,” Binay told reporters at the Ortega Sports Complex on his way to a dialogue with local officials, San Fernando City Mayor Pablo Ortega, La Union Rep. Eufranio Eriguel and wife and Agoo Mayor Sandra Eriguel, Luna Mayor Vic Marron and leaders of civic organizations.
“Akala ko malinis na ang pulitika sa Pilipinas, hindi pa pala [I thought Philippine politics is already clean, it’s not],” he said, apparently to politics under the Aquino administration.
Binay denied accusations of wrongdoing hurled at him, citing his past achievements as mayor of Makati City (Metro Manila), which he said became one of the most progressive cities in the country during his term.
His record in governance of the city, according to him, is a big qualification for the next President of the country.
The allegations against him that were exposed by his former political ally and former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado are being heard by the Senate.
Binay is set to go to Baguio City on Monday with his entourage composed of among others Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian and former lawmaker Milagros Magsaysay, who were reported to be running for senators in the May 2016 elections.