Vice President Jejomar Binay has been warned against attending the Senate inquiry on his alleged unexplained wealth because that would be tantamount to feeding himself to the wolves.
Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian said there is no use in Binay’s attending the hostile Senate inquiry because the Vice President has been prejudged.
“Going to the Senate to attend the inquiry is like going to a lion’s den where the Vice President is likely to be devoured alive. It would do well for Vice President Binay to go directly to the people to explain his side since the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee has already prejudged him based on how witnesses against the Vice President were given the latitude to hurl their accusations, unfounded or otherwise,” Gatchalian, who has been joining the Vice President in provincial sorties, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Gatchalian is expected to run for the Senate in 2016 under Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“The Vice President knows that the masses in the provinces remain to be his strongest base and this is where he should consolidate his supporters and ensure that he speaks to them . . . feel their pulse on issues,” the lawmaker added.
Binay has a Cabinet rank, being the housing czar and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers.
Gatchalian credits Binay’s apparent charisma to the Vice President’s two-decade tenure as the mayor of Makati City—the richest local government in the country with at least P9-billion worth of annual revenue.
“His vast experience as a local executive trained him how to interact with people from all walks of life. He can comfortably talk to local executives in the provinces, easily understand their problems and offer solutions which are doable,” he said.
An official of UN dared Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano to be true to his word and allow him to speak during the resumption of the blue ribbon subcommittee hearing.
JV Bautista, interim secretary general of UNA, questioned Cayetano’s decision to allow the representatives of the Vice President to participate in the subcommittee hearing.
According to Bautista, it was Cayetano who said the panel will welcome Binay’s representatives at the committee hearing provided that they present a written authority from the Vice President.
Last week, the panel did not allow Bautista and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA interim President, to speak because the senator ordered them out of the session hall.
“I hope the Senator would be man enough to face us, we are there at the hearing with a written authority from the Vice President, but he did not even bother to ask for it,” Bautista said in an interview.
He said he will attend today’s proceedings but only as an observer.
WITH JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA