Malacañang is not joining calls for Vice President Jejomar Binay’s resignation from the Cabinet.
In a radio interview, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said it is up to Binay to respond to the resignation calls over allegations of corruption.
“Well, that’s a decision that is left up to him… whenever we’re always asked about resignations, that is a question that is better posed to the person who is the subject of the call to resign, perhaps, or the question to resign,” Valte told Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.
The Court of Appeals (CA) earlier ordered the freezing of more than 200 bank accounts, investments, and insurance policies of Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Elenita Binay, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and others linked to their family.
The 38-page CA order, dated May 11 granted the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s (AMLC) petition for a freeze on 242 bank accounts, investments, and insurance policies.
The AMLC petition stated that the statements of assets, liabilities, and networth of the Binays and former Makati Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado did not reflect their bank accounts and other transactions.
The CA concurred with the AMLC and found probably cause that these bank accounts, investments, and insurance policies were “related to unlawful activities.”
The Binay camp earlier issued a statement claiming that the vice-president’s political opponents are using the AMLC report for “political gains.”
But Malacanang has rejected allegations that the administration party is behind the freeze order on Binay’s bank accounts.
In defending the Liberal Party (LP), Valte said that CA and AMLC, which are both involved in the issuance of the freeze order against Binay’s assets, are independent bodies.
“You know, let’s point out also that the AMLC is composed of the Central Bank governor, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) chair, and also the Insurance Commissioner; and, as such, may trabaho po talaga silang ginagawa under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. You know, as the President said, we have nothing to do with the AMLC report and we certainly do not have—have not used it for the ends of the administration other than, of course, the mandate of the AMLC itself,” she said.
“We can’t comment any further owing to the fact that the entire—all these revelations are… Well, at least, the freeze order is an order of the competent court and wala po kaming sakop sa judiciary,” Valte added.
The spokesperson of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) meanwhile challenged the Binay family to come out openly and and explain how they became rich.
Former Bayan Muna party-list representative Teddy Casiño said, “the charges and the information revealed so far indicate corruption of such scandalous proportions that these cannot be dismissed by general denials or attribution to a demolition job by the Vice President’s enemies.”