Stay away from ‘lion’s den,’ Binay urged


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.



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  1. Eliseo Jr. P. Tenza on

    What kind of man is Binay, who wants to be the President of the Philippines? He is so afraid of facing his accusers and the members of the sub committee doing the investigation? He said that if the mother committee will chair the investigation , he will attend. Again, he did not attend. Why? I believe that he cannot defend himself because he is guilty. He is afraid to face his accusers, because they are telling the truth. He is now using his team, that supports corruption, to answer for him. We must say no to Binary’s candidacy. We must also condemn his party and all that supports him. Let us fight corruption for the sake of our youth who will inherit this country.

  2. The Legislative Branch consist of House of representative and the senate together form the congress
    The Executive Branch, The president, The vice president, Executive office of the president, and the Cabinet which are etc…
    The Judicial Branch are the Supreme Court
    This three power are separate to insure that the power will not control by one branch alone, Now In the Legislative Branch the Senate is the only entity that have the sole power to impeach or Arrest The president, the Vice President and the Supreme Court. In The Philippine case it look like the power of the senate don,t work, the Senator could not invite or investigate any of them, SO! What are they use for, Ah! i guest they are good in eating, playing golf, have many wife, and corruption,are you feel good every day that you are in a place that you are pampers every day, while your people eating a garbage no home and this people loves you because this people believe you could change a little in the government, why they voted for you. I know most of you have a thick face and you are train since you are young by your parent, But sometimes you need to look, wake up from your dream, seek who really you are, and you could have the greatness that you never touch before.

  3. The propaganda against Jojo Binay is so massive, the financier or financiers of this exercise must be very loaded. Who they are should be un-earthed. The Senate as a whole is being used as the fore-front of this operation. Binay should be very wary of this trick. The 3 stooges are promising this and that but knowing how low the credibility of all senators, Binay should shy away from a confrontation he cannot win. Better Binay also plan out how he will counter this propaganda against him.