THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Friday blasted the Ombudsman’s special prosecutor for its unusual interest in digging up decades-old charges against former Mayor Elenita Binay of Makati a move it said is being orchestrated by Malacañang.
Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA secretary general, said the 2016 election is the sole motivation for the revival of graft charges against Binay, wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has indicated his intention to run as president.
“The dismissal of these cases are final and executory but the Office of the Special Prosecutor has willfully ignored the law and the Constitution in pursuing its mad obsession with harassing the Vice President’s wife. This is obviously a demolition job orchestrated by forces outside the Ombudsman’s Office,” he said.
“Why is this administration so eager to pin down the opposition, in this particular case, the Binays? Given the actuations of the Office of the Ombudsman to revive ‘zombie’ cases, I can only suspect that there’s someone directing how the movie plot should take its course.”
Tiangco said the administration’s double-standard justice is apparent in its treatment of political foes. “This administration can dig and find records of more than 10 years ago, but cannot release any recent records of DAP [Disbursement Allocation Program]. We are hoping the Ombudsman will not allow itself to be used,” he said.
He called on the Ombudsman to resist being manipulated or pressured by Malacañang, since it is an independent constitutional body. “It’s just saddening that the Ombudsman is submitting to the whims of Malacañang to allow the administration to wring the cases for more media mileage against the Binays,” he said.
The four cases being resurrected were dismissed by the Ombudsman in 2011 for insufficiency of evidence.
Tiangco said the administration’s game are purely “empty black propaganda” adding that the spate of “cases being lodged against the Opposition are bound to collapse like a pile of cards.”
“The filing of cases against Dra. Binay smacks of political persecution because these cases have long been dismissed and locked in the archives,” he added.
He said members of UNA expect the sudden resurrection of cases, filing of legal suits and trumped-up charges against them with the intent of crippling the opposition in 2016.