MANILA - Makati 2nd District Rep. Abigail Binay-Campos confirmed Monday that her family used to own a piggery farm in Batangas but denied that the property was on 200 hectares of land.
Speaking to ANC's Headstart, the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay shot down rumors that her family has a huge piece of property in Batangas.
Earlier reports said the older Binay bought the property when he was still mayor of Makati.
"There is no 200 hectares. Meron ho kaming farm dati sa Batangas...we had a piggery farm called JCB Farms. We eventually entered into a contract-growing agreement with Monterey and then when my father assumed office, it was required that my father divest. Kailangan siyang mag-divest nung business niya so we had to sell the farm. But my mom still retains yung para sa flowers. Meron siya dun para sa bulaklak," she said.
The congresswoman also confirmed that she no longer lives in posh Dasmariñas Village but denied that she left because of the controversial "DasmaGate" incident involving her brother, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
Binay said she was only renting the house in Dasmarinas Village while waiting for her own house in next door San Lorenzo Village to be built.
"Thank you for asking that question. First of all, I don't live in Dasma. I used to live. It is not owned by me kasi nga nag re-rent lang ako. Kasi habang nagpapatayo kami ng bahay. I don't live there anymore in Dasma. Walang koneksyon yung DasmaGate kaya wala na ako sa Dasma. Dinugtong din yan e," she said.
"Umalis na ho ako dun kasi tapos na yung bahay ko," she added.
The Binays came under fire last year after Makati Mayor Erwin Binay allegedly ordered the arrest of 4 Dasmarinas Village guards who refused to let his 4-vehicle convoy exit through the Banyan Road gate. The mayor denied ordering the arrests.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer later posted a video of the actual event, which has been dubbed "DasmaGate."
'HINDI NAMAN KAMI POOR'
In the interview, Binay said her husband has some businesses that earn them money. The couple met in law school.
"Hindi naman kami poor. Abogado naman ako," she said.
The congresswoman again denied that her family owns the company that provides cakes to the Makati government, which are then distributed to Makati senior citizens during birthdays and anniversaries.
She said the company, Cups and Mugs Kitchenette, runs the cafeteria in Makati City Hall.
Asked if she or her siblings own any company that provides services to the local government of Makati, she said: "No. Wala eh. Bawal yun sa amin. Bawal naman talaga. You cannot enter into business with city hall because that will be a conflict of interest."
She also denied that her family owns dummy companies that bag lucrative contracts from Makati. "You have to prove the dummy," she said.
The congresswoman said allegations that her family enriched themselves through Makati's coffers are expected since her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, is running for president in 2016.
Still, she said her family is surprised about where the attacks are coming from.
"We expected that the black propaganda will be intense these coming years. Hindi naman namin akalain saan manggagaling," she said.
She also said she is convinced her father should not attend the Senate investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 since it is not a fair forum.
"If it is demeaning, nananakot, very biased, why would you allow yourself to be part of a hearing na mababastos ka lang or maiiyak ka lang? Why would you want to attend a hearing like that?" she asked.