MALACAÑANG is supporting the plan of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate Vice President Jejomar Binay following allegations of corruption in the conti-nuing Senate blue ribbon sub-committee investigation.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said there was nothing personal in de Lima’s announcement that only an order coming from President Benigno Aquino 3rd can stop her from initiating a probe on Binay.
“We support the Justice department and any other government agency which carry their duties and mandate under relevant laws,” Valte stressed.
“Secretary de Lima and the Justice department are only doing their jobs. They have a mandate. They would also be questioned if there is a pressing issue and yet they refused to act on it,” she said.
Binay and his allies have earlier accused de Lima of going hard against the Aquino administration’s critics but treating administration allies with kid gloves.
They cited as examples Philippine National Police Director Gen. Alan Purisima, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and others especially those involved in the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam and the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), whom de Lima has allowed to get away.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th also claimed that Binay tried to stop the probe by arranging a meeting with the President.
Although still leading in various surveys for possible 2016 presidential bets, Binay’s popularity and approval ratings have taken a hit ever since the sub-committee hearings started to focus on his alleged unexplained wealth that include his alleged posh Batangas property.
“Secretary de Lima does not work based on personality. She works based on the facts and circumstances that have been presented,” Valte said.