The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday scored the double standard of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, a former ally, in his comments on cases filed against the Vice President and Sen. Grace Poe.
Escudero campaigned for Binay in the 2010 vice presidential race against Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, and is widely regarded as the key to the now Vice President’s victory.
But Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman on political affairs, has now lashed at Escudero for his political partisanship and ambitions.
“Senator Escudero’s view of harassment and evidence is tainted by his political partisanship and ambitions,” he said after Escudero questioned the filing of a case against Poe before the Senate Electoral Tribunal.
He even called the filing of the case as “harassment,” and noted that nobody questioned her residency and citizenship when she was a senator for the past three years.
Poe is dealing with issues like her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., who run against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo in the controversial 2004 polls.
Roxas has been publicly wooing Poe to run as his vice president in next year’s elections.
Escudero’s name is also being floated as a possibility.
But Quicho noted that Escudero’ concerns that Poe was only being harassed because of political agenda speaks against his own views on the Senate’s inquiry into the alleged anomalies in Makati City (Metro Manila) when the Vice President was still mayor there.
“For the past year, the Vice President was not only harassed but also prejudged by Senator Escudero together with his colleagues in the Senate,” he said.
“This demolition by perception began only after the Vice President declared his intention to seek the presidency in 2016 and continued to lead in presidential, performance and trust surveys,” Quicho added.
The lawyer alleged that such double standards also exist in other senators conducting “the long-running, record-breaking inquisition of the Vice President at taxpayers’ expense.”
“It is time to respect our laws and court processes. Rather than preempt and influence the SET with loose statements, it is better for Senator Escudero and everyone else to reserve individual comments, respect the parties and let the wheels of justice take [their]course.”