• Senate panel to end Binay probe next week

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    THE Senate blue ribbon sub-committee is set to conduct its last hearing on the alleged corruption activities involving Vice President Jejomar Binay next week, 16 months after it started the inquiry.

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    According to Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, one of the active participants in the Binay hearings, he will discuss the resumption of the panel hearing with Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, chairman of the sub-committee, when the legislative session resumes on Monday, January 18.

    Trillanes said he is open to the move to terminate the proceedings, but noted that there remains an issue that needs to be discussed and put on the records of the committee. He did not say what that issue was.

    The senator explained that the committee was originally set to conduct its final hearing in November last year but the chamber had to focus on the proposed 2016 national budget forcing them to reschedule it for January.

    He also admitted that Pimentel was reluctant to hold more hearings on the supposed anomalies involving the vice president “because of the sensitivity of the topic.”

    The Senate sub-committee started its investigation in August 2014, based on the resolution filed by the Trillanes asking the Senate to look into the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall building 2.

    The blue ribbon sub-committee hearing became one of the longest Senate investigations in the history of Congress with a total of 24 hearings so far.

    Trillanes said he has no intention to attend the last hearing but he is willing to appear just to provide a quorum.

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