Binay presidential bid justifies Senate probe: Trillanes

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2014 02:40 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2014 10:40 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV justified his resolution calling for an inquiry into the alleged overpricing in the construction of a Makati City Hall office and parking building.

Trillanes told reporters that it is “a matter of public interest” to look into the involvement in the controversy of Vice President and former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay who has declared his intention to run for president in 2016.

“Iyong controversy involves the Vice President of the Philippines at potential president ng ating bansa so it is imbued with public interest. This is an opportunity na ma-clear ni Vice President Binay ‘yung kanyang pangalan. Kung wala naman itong laman and then they don’t have anything to worry about,” Trillanes said.

“Senate investigations can be done if it involves public interest. At the same time, part siya ng oversight functions natin. Kailangan natin tignan ang mga nag-aabusong ahensya ng gobyerno.”

Trillanes rejected accusations that politics is behind his call for a probe.

“Abangan natin next week sa hearing kung walang ebidensya so ibig sabihin talagang pulitika. I will fall flat on my face but if not, kung mayroon naman tayong nakitang ebidensya, aba delikado ‘yun kasi kung ‘yung magiging presidente natin ay magnanakaw pala, kailangan malaman ng taumbayan ‘yun,” he said.

Trillanes said he has spoken to witnesses and gone over documents on the issue and plans to present these in the hearing to be conducted by a Blue Ribbon sub-committee to be headed by Senator Koko Pimentel.