Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay on Tuesday expressed readiness to face a Senate investigation on the alleged overpricing of the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 but stressed that members of the Senate blue ribbon committee should be impartial.
“We have nothing to hide. The building was constructed in accordance with the government procurement laws and processes, and we trust that all relevant transactions will bear close scrutiny,” Binay said.
The mayor issued the statement in reaction to the resolution filed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th seeking for a Senate probe into the case.
“We are hopeful that some senators, especially those who belong to the same parties as our local opponents in Makati, will set aside personal and political agendas during the hearing,” Binay said.
The mayor, his father Vice President Jejomar Binay and other city officials were charged with plunder in connection with the alleged questionable construction of the the building.
Earlier, the mayor said a report of the Commission on Audit (COA) cleared the Makati city government from charges of overpricing.
“The Commission on Audit has already cleared the project of overpricing allegations in an intensive audit in February. The findings underscore our position from the start that these allegations by our political opponents do not have factual and legal basis. They were made as part of an organized demolition scheme against my father, Vice President Jejomar Binay,” the mayor said.
Sen. Nancy Binay also dared her colleagues who want to investigate her father.
“If he (Trillanes) really have allegations of corruption, I think the proper forum for him is to file an impeachment complaint against my father,” Binay told reporters in an interview.
Sen. Teofisto Guingona, chairperson of the blue ribbon panel, created a sub-committee and named Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd to head the investigation.
But senator Binay said she finds the move surprising because it would mean that any member of the committee can be allowed to lead an investigation he or she wanted.