Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said the law is being abused by his political detractors in their continued attacks against him.
Worse, according to the Vice President, other agencies of the government are being used by his opponents to smear him.
“For the last five months, my political detractors have used Senate hearings to put me at the receiving end of their slander and lies. Even if the people have discovered the truth that the sole purpose of these individuals is to influence the public’s perception of me, they have not stopped nor do they plan to stop. We anticipate that they will intensify their efforts using other agencies of the government,” Binay said in a statement.
“It is a pity that even the law is now being perverted in pursuit of their selfish desire to remain in power,” he added.
The Vice President issued the statement after reports said the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee will resume hearings on alleged anomalies involving him and his family on April 13, the same date that the Senate resumes hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
The reports also quoted Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th as saying that aside from the April 13 schedule, hearings will again be held on April 16 and in May.
Binay said that instead of paying attention to more urgent concerns, including the rising prices of commodities, lack of jobs and the worsening peace and order situation in the country, his detractors have instead chosen to continue their attacks against him.
“[M]y detractors have chosen to continue with their non-stop efforts to discredit me in the Senate and through agencies like the Commission on Audit (COA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of the Ombudsman and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). Their narrow-minded objective is simply to vilify and embarrass me without even any factual basis to support their claims,” the Vice President noted.
“This is why I am reminding our people [that]the lies against me will continue, using the Senate and the different agencies of the government. They will continue to try and destroy your strong support for me,” he said.
Despite this, Binay added, he will not be hindered from the “goal of establishing a government serving the people with sincerity, proven competence and compassion,”
He said he is “ready to fight their [detractors]continued attacks if it means being able to serve the Filipino people.”
“[W]hatever they may do, I will continue to promote the welfare of the public, especially those yearning for the government’s protection. We need to elevate the poor from abject poverty. We need to give jobs to the jobless and address the bigger problems. There must be food on the table of every suffering Filipino. The sick should have access to quality healthcare services,” Binay added.