MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday urged the public not to believe lies that he is a corrupt politician, saying he has never been suspended much less convicted for corruption after over 20 years in public service.
Binay pointed out that anyone can accuse politicians of corruption but they have to prove their accusations in court.
“Ang malungkot na parte sa akin, ‘yung sinasabing pagka sinabing korupisyon e Binay ho yun. Mga kababayan, ‘yan hong mga salitang ganyan, kayo ho ay nagiging bahagi ng biktima ng sinasabi naming demolition by perception,” he said.
He added: “Yan pong demolition na ‘yun, alam po ng mga naninira sa akin noon pa man na sila ay nagsisinungaling. Sila po ay alam po nila na hukuman lang ang makapagsasabi.”
Binay said he also heard reports that his critics will file a murder complaint against him. “Yan po ang gawain po – demolition by perception,” he said.
Binay was ordered suspended by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2006 after he was accused of maintaining ghost employees on the city payroll. The Court of Appeals, however, stopped the implementation of the order.
The vice-president is accused of various corruption scandals during his time as mayor of Makati including alleged rigging of biddings for various building projects as well as ownership of huge tracts of land in Rosario, Batangas.
The Court of Appeals has also issued a freeze order on more than 200 bank accounts, investments, and insurance policies of Vice-President Binay, Elenita Binay, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and others linked to their family based on a petition from the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
Binay denied that he has yet to answer the corruption allegations presented before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee.
He said he submitted an affidavit instead of appearing before the Senate because he did not want to be maligned by senators conducting the inquiry.
“Uulitin ko po hindi kasi isang lugar ito na makakatikim ka ng disente at hindi tamang lugar na marinig ang iyong paliwanag. Bintang dito, bintang doon,” he said.
He added: “Sa sako-sakong ibinintang po sa akin, na siyang naging daan na kami ho ay binansagan na may imaheng korupsiyon…ni minsan hindi ako nakatikim ng suspension, lalong-lalo na ang conviction. Hindi ako [convicted]. Wala hong napatunayan.”
The vice-president, who is running for president next year, continued his attacks against the Aquino administration, saying that only a few benefited from the economic growth experienced in the country.
He also said that if he is elected president, he will only put experienced officials in his Cabinet so there would be less of a learning curve.
He also promised a “unifying administration”, saying he will not take revenge against his critics if he wins the presidency.
Asked why he gave few solutions during his “true” state of the nation address, he said he will explain his proposed platform of governance in the coming days.
During his speech on Monday, Binay said there are more Filipinos who are poor, hungry and jobless five years into the Aquino presidency.
“Hindi makakamit ang tunay na ginhawa sa biyaheng tuwid na daan na manhid at palpak naman. Lalong maghihirap ang masang Pilipino kung magpapatuloy ang pamumuno ng mga di nakakaunawa sa kapwa Pilipino, kung ang mamumuno ay ni minsan sa buhay nila hindi naranasan ang gutom at mahiga sa matigas na sahig,” he said.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, however, said Binay has no credibility to criticize the Aquino administration, saying the vice-president is trying to divert attention away from the corruption issues he is facing.
“I think kailangang manalamin ng Vice President (I think the Vice President has to face the mirror),” said Cayetano.
“If he’s against corruption, bakit siya mismo ayaw magpaimbestiga at ayaw niyang ilabas ang SALN niya o true SALN (Why does he refuse to be investigated and release his true SALN)?”(MNS)