‘Nothing truthful‘ in Senate hearings

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In 23 hearings spanning an entire year and worthy of a slot in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee investigating alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 has produced “nothing truthful or credible,” according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

When asked if he expected another “explosive revelation” in the next two hearings on August 20 and 26, Binay told Bombao Radyo in an interview on Monday that he would not be surprised if those conducting the hearings and their witnesses produced “falsified documents.”

The Vice President laughed off the “open invitation” of the sub-committee for him to attend the hearings, saying he has already explained his side but was snubbed by senators.

“Alam po ninyo, hindi ko malaman kung bakit po ipinakakagat ho nila ‘yong issue ng hindi pagharap eh. Sabi, kaya ayaw kong humarap ay dahil sa ako ay may kasalanan, ito po naman ay sabi ko, kung kayo po kaya ang mapalagay sa posisyon ng Pangalawang Pangulo, at ang makakaharap ho ninyo ay nambabastos o nanghihiya, dadalo ba kayo [I do not know why these investigators make an issue of my not appearing before them. They say, I refuse to do so because I am guilty, and I am telling them that if they were in my shoes, as the Vice President of the Philippines, would they face their interrogators who are rude and who are bent in shaming you]?” Binay said.


For the record, he added, he sent the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee his sworn affidavit but the probers did not pay any attention to it, while those affidavits submitted by so-called witnesses were read before the panel.

“Pero may pinaliwanag po ako, mga kababayan na para bang nando’n na rin ho ako. Wala nga lang ako physically, pero ‘yong dokumento pong ‘yon ay paliwanag po do’n sa mga ibinibintang na pulos kasinungalingang sinasabi po nila [I explained to the investigators, my countrymen, as if I was there physically. My sworn affidavit was a rebuttal of their accusations against me that were all lies anyway],” Binay said.

The sub-committee previously made a show of placing an empty chair with a place card bearing the Vice President’s name, which Binay’s spokesman on political concerns, lawyer Rico Quicho, branded as a “cheap gimmick” in a “badly-written telenovela.”

“The senators have resorted to the cheap gimmick of putting an empty chair in the Session Hall when the only thing empty in this sorry excuse for a Senate inquiry is credible proof,” Quicho said.

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  1. Have you actually seen the credentials of all this Senators?
    Look into what they did to Corona , sounds familiar . Lots of grandstanding, dishonesty , and the Crab Mentality is at play.

    What about the real Crimes committed, PDAF/DAP/44 SOLDIERS MASSACRED/BBL /MRT / etc…..
    Binay’s alleged overpricing of a building is MOOT compared to what the Senate needs to focus on.

    Talking about Priorities!
    SENATE IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY .

    • regardless of what credentials these senators have, that is not the issue here. Evidences are being presented in the senate, all the Binay’s have to do, is to counter those. Don’t you believe in the saying…..THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!?

  2. If one is telling the truth and have nothing to fear, then by all means why not face your accusers? What proper venue could you ask for more, when the senate hearing is televised and is open to he public for scrutiny? let the public see who is telling the truth!

    • Concern Lang Din on

      I agree. if you Binay is not guity, why are you ashame if your accusers are bent on shaming you? Kung wala ka talagan kasalanan kaya mong sagutin sila in all angles of their questioning!