Binay links plunder case to Palace bid

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

VICE President Jejomar Binay is expecting more complaints and issues to be thrown against him in the coming months.

In a speaking engagement on Wednesday, Binay said the plunder complaint he is facing at the Office of the Ombudsman over alleged irregularities in the Makati parking building project is a plot by a group of lawyers, which has been "trying in vain" to put him down.

Binay recently edged potential rivals for the presidency in 2016 elections in a survey conducted by independent pollster Pulse Asia.

"This complaint is no exception, although we have been informed that this time around, our local opponents have been provided with the needed resources, financial and otherwise, by certain national interest groups, particularly a group of lawyers closely identified with a national personality," he said.

Binay did not name the lawyers' group before members of the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX) and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

"Believe me, this is only the beginning. We expect more to come. And like the one filed yesterday (Tuesday), these complaints will be devoid of facts, devoid of legal basis, and fueled by the dirty politics that was supposed to have been swept away with the previous administration," he said.

Binay was accused by the Save Makati Movement of using questionable means to secure a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines when he was mayor of the country's financial district in 2007.

His co-respondents were his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay, a Commission on Audit (COA) official, and councilors from 2007 to 2013 who passed ordinances appropriating funds for the controversial project.

"They (complainants) only included the names of our allies. But their allies and party-mates were part of the city council and were present when the council approved the ordinances they cited, so why exclude them? Your guess is as good as mine but that, for me, is undeniable proof of the selective, frivolous and political nature of this so-called complaint," the Vice President said.

Binay said he is confident that the complaint will be dismissed, adding he has been focused on his task of attending to concerns of overseas Filipino workers and providing shelter for the poor.

The Vice President also said those behind the complaint intend to sow intrigue between him and President Benigno Aquino III by spreading the word that the complaint was a Palace move.

"They want me to think that the Palace is orchestrating the filing of this baseless complaint against me and my son to divert attention from the impeachment complaints filed against the President," he said.

Two impeachment complaints have been endorsed at Malacañang-controlled House of Representatives in light of the Supreme Court (SC) decision that declared Aquino's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Binay, Aquino's constitutional successor, refused to support the complaint. Rather, he asked the public to rally behind the President. (Sunnex)

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