“Urban legend” or not the talk about the Binays’ allegedly corrupt ways is, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th would still like to take a swing at it.
A member of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee, he hinted on Sunday of new witnesses to appear before probers of alleged overpricing in the construction of Makati City Hall Building 2, including one who could provide evidence on Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family allegedly demanding one condominium unit for every condominium building built in the city.
In a radio interview aired over dzBB, Trillanes said documents obtained by the committee could show irregularities in the bidding and construction of the controversial office and parking building.
“There might be witnesses who could provide evidence on the popular urban legend in Makati about the condominium units being given to the Binays by the contractors,” he added.
Apparently not fully understanding what the phrase meant, Trillanes said just the same that one of the new witnesses will be allowed to testify on the “urban legend.”
When asked if he already has that witness, he replied, “Let’s just wait and see.”
Fellow investigator and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano again blasted the Vice President’s camp over the Makati building issue.
He cited a recent statement made by Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, also the Vice President’s spokesman on political affairs, that “a triumvirate of corruption” oversaw rigging of the bidding for projects of the city during Binay’s term as Makati mayor.
Remulla was actually referring to three former top Makati officials who are now testifying before the blue ribbon sub-committee against the Binays.
He made the statement in response to former Makati purchasing officer Mario Hechanova’s testimony during the Senate hearing last week linking the now-Vice President to the alleged rigging.
Remulla said it was known in Makati that Hechanova, former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and former city engineer Nestor Morales were the ones rigging the bidding, especially of infrastructure projects.
According to him, the Binay camp had been able to uncover the alleged rigging by Hechanova’s group before the now-Vice President’s term as mayor ended.
Cayetano, meanwhile, reiterated his call for the Vice President to appear before the Senate hearings to personally answer allegations thrown at him.