VP Binay wants running-mate with 'executive ability'

Report by Gemma Villanueva-Valderama, ABS-CBN News Iloilo

Posted at May 25 2015 02:46 PM | Updated as of May 25 2015 10:46 PM

ILOILO - What is Vice-President Jejomar Binay looking for in terms of a running-mate?

In an interview, Binay said a search committee is looking for his potential running-mate in the 2016 polls.

"Nasa search committee pa. Kaya lang pag tinatanong e, itong si ganito, sabi ko kino-consider. Di ko malalaman kung bakit ang iba nagagalit. Hindi ko naman sinasabing tinatanggap namin. Hindi naman sila nag-apply sa amin," he said.

Asked what he is looking for in a vice-president, he said: "Ang hinahanap ko, ang makatulong sa trabaho. Partner ko sa trabaho. Hindi yung baka pag maging vice-president na, iba na ang utak. Yung may executive ability."

The vice-president is the first politician to declare his plan to run for president in 2016.

He earlier cited Senator Grace Poe, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, businessman Manny Pangilinan, and Pag-IBIG chief Darlene Berberabe as potential running-mates but all have declined.

Duterte is the latest candidate to reject Binay's offer to be his vice-presidential bet in 2016.

"He said it in good faith. I'd like to thank si Mayor Binay for considering me...The offer itself is an honor pero ako, I said that, noon pa I always avoided national positions," Duterte said in an interview with local program Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa.

BINAY DOES THE ROUNDS

Binay again did the rounds of the provinces, giving away medical equipment such as nebulizers, BP apparatuses and wheelchairs to senior citizens in New Lucena.

He engaged in a boodle fight and then gave away his "Binay candies," which were wrapped in orange plastic packaging.

He criticized the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for seeking a freeze on 242 bank accounts linked to him, his family and other associates, saying the council is too selective.

The Court of Appeals earlier granted the AMLC petition.

"We continuously requested for the copy of the report so that we can explain. Eto ang masama, ang kinatatakutan ko, na gagamitin lang for oppression because ex-parte ang ini-file. Sila lang ang nagpresent ng ebidensya. Dapat pakinggan kung ano ang paliwanag pero kami hindi kami nakapagpaliwanag," Binay said.

The AMLC earlier said it started investigating the transactions of the Binay family and their alleged dummies after the Senate started investigating the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

According to Court of Appeals (CA) documents submitted by AMLC, there were transfers of US dollars from Philippine banks to Canadian banks from 2008 to 2014 from the accounts of Vice President Binay and Gerry Limlingan Jr.

The AMLC noted that this was during the construction of the controversial Makati parking building.

At least 78 large transactions were also monitored by AMLC, allegedly involving Makati Mayor Junjun Binay's bank accounts, from 2003 to 2015.

But what really caught the attention of the AMLC were the 95 bank accounts of Limlingan, either individually or jointly with other alleged Binay dummies, including a certain Bebeng Baloloy.

The AMLC noted that many of these transactions did not have financial justifications, and most of the transfers were done on cash basis.

The vice-president said his bank deposits came from his earnings as a lawyer, his wife's earnings as a doctor, and the earnings from their businesses.

"If we are made to explain, we could show to them kung nanggaling ang perang yun. Bakit si [DBM Secretary Butch] Abad, hindi ina-AMLA? Masyadong selective," he said.

He also said he would not be the subject of political mudslinging if he had not announced his plan to run for president.