ACCUSERS of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, should be the ones investigated by the Senate for admitting to crimes when they were officials of the city government, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said on Wednesday.
“If anyone has been implicated by the Vice President’s political enemies-turned-alleged witnesses, it is they themselves who admitted to participating and benefiting from questionable transactions. It is they who should be further investigated and held to account, not [the Vice President and Junjun],” Remulla added
The Vice President’s spokesman on political concerns, the governor was responding to the latest tirades of pro-administration Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano against the Binays.
Remulla reminded Cayetano that, so far, the investigation being conducted by the Senate blue ribbon committee has produced nothing but hearsay and conjecture.
Cayetano earlier took a swipe at the Vice President for what he described as conflicting statements on the city’s allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.
He said Binay’s camp also earlier claimed that there is no corruption in the city government and yet, according to Cayetano, it is now talking about a “triumvirate of corruption” that oversaw the bidding for the Building 2 project.
“Now they’re admitting corruption, but [are saying they]have nothing to do with it,” Cayetano said in a statement. “How can they now insist there’s no overprice when they admit there’s corruption, except [they’re not involved in it]?” Cayetano added.
According to the senator, this is contrary to the Vice President’s claim that Makati has always had zero tolerance for bribery and corruption.
Remulla responded, saying Cayetano’s “personal ambition” is getting in the way of an investigation that “should be impartial and in aid of legislation.”
“First, the Vice President has zero tolerance for corruption in public service, as witnessed by his own legally unblemished record. The reform programs he instituted in Makati [when he was the city’s mayor]are those that have also brought the local economy forward without leaving anyone behind. This is how he plans to enhance and build upon the legacy of the President should the voters select him in 2016,” he added.