UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay dared his rivals anew to sign their respective general waivers and voluntarily submit themselves to lifestyle and performance checks to find out who among them is hiding anything.
In particular, Binay challenged other candidates to sign a waiver for the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to check their bank accounts and those of their closest of kin.
“Hinihimok ko sila na kami ay magkaisa na pumirma sa isang general waiver na ganito (I am challenging them to sign a general waiver). Voluntarily submit ourselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check in accordance with law. Kasama dito ‘yong accounts ng asawa, kung may asawa, my children’s name, and my children’s children’s name (This should include the bank accounts of spouses, their children and children’s children),” Binay said in a press conference in Cebu City, where the second presidential debate was held.
“Isa sa mga dokumento ko pong dala-dala dito ay pinirmahan ko na po ito (I have these documents and I have signed them),” he added.
The waiver, Binay explained, would authorize AMLC or its representative to “open and check all bank accounts under my name, under my spouse’s name, my children’s name and my children’s children’s name to ensure full transparency in this election process.”
The waiver also indicated that the candidates would “voluntarily submit ourselves to a lifestyle and government service performance check in accordance with law.”
Binay brought to the 2nd PiliPinas debate the waiver; his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth from 1988 to 2014; the affidavit he submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee; his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE); and the AMLC ex parte motion to drop JCB Foundation, Agrifortuna and six other respondents.
He said the documents, which he considered crucial to the Sunday debate, would have disproved the allegations against him.
Binay also brought with him his medical certificate; the plaque for the 2011 Seal of Good House Keeping from the Department of the Interior and Local Government signed by the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo; the plaque for the 2014 Blue Certification for Business Permits from the Office of the Ombudsman signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales; and the plaque from the National Competitive Council for being the 1st Place Most Competitive City in the overall competitiveness category.
Meanwhile, UNA president Toby Tiangco said that BInay’s performance during the second presidential debate surpassed their expectations.
“We are very satisfied with VP’s performance, actually, more than what the team expected out of the debate kaya kami ho ay tuwang-tuwa doon sa performance ni VP Binay doon sa debate,” UNA president Toby Tiangco told a radio interview on Monday morning.
It was during the debate that Binay urged his fellow presidential bets to allow the AMLC to scrutinize their bank records.
Also on Monday, Atty. Claro Certeza, counsel of the Vice President, slammed the AMLC for telling the Court of Appeals that all 242 bank accounts they earlier linked to Binay held ill-gotten wealth.
He said that most of the accounts were owned by “other people, other individuals, other companies, some of which happen to be his friends’ or associates’ before. As a matter of fact, some of those individuals na-include din po ang nanay nila and so forth, who had nothing to do with the VP.”
“They declared under oath, sa Court of Appeals, all these accounts contain ill-gotten wealth. Not content with that, after a brief period, they filed a petition to freeze those accounts, again they declared under oath, they said all of these accounts contain ill-gotten wealth, and then they waited for six months because it’s the period of freeze order,” Certeza added.
AMLC’s earlier assertions are conflicting with its latest request for the Manila regional trial court to drop from its list of respondents to the civil forfeiture case the only firm being used by lawyer Renato Bondal to link the Vice President to supposed dirty money.
In an ex parte motion to drop respondents dated January 6, 2016, the AMLC asked the Manila court to drop as respondents in its petition for civil forfeiture Abba Land, Inc.; Agrifortuna, Inc.; JC Binay Foundation, Inc.; Makati Historical and Restoration Foundation, Inc.; Metrowaste Solid Waste Management Corporation; Powerlink.com Corporation; Kenneth Sabino S. Tan; and Clara Mae U. Ong, indicating that the agency failed to link the said entities and individuals to alleged illegal activities. The motion was granted by the court on January 19.
“This shows that AMLC has no evidence to link the Vice President to Mr. Bondal’s allegations,” Certeza said.