Binay camp plans to move to lift freeze order on assets

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Posted at Jul 23 2015 02:51 PM | Updated as of Jul 23 2015 10:55 PM

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The camp of Vice-President Jejomar Binay will move to lift the Court of Appeals' freeze order on his assets.

But Binay's legal counsel, Attorney Claro Certeza, says the freeze order will automatically be lifted if Binay's accusers will not file a case against him in court.

"They should file a case with the RTC [Regional Trial Court] for violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, which has not yet happened by the way. Now, if they do not file a case within the next 6 months, starting from the time they issued the freeze order, the freeze order is automatically lifted by law," Certeza notes.

Meanwhile, Certeza is confident Binay's P200-million damage suit against his accusers will finally put an end to what Certeza says are baseless accusations against Binay.

"We believe it's going to be good for the justice system. Yung honor ng tao... if you destroy that, it's not replaceable by any amount of cash," Certeza said.

But Senator Antonio Trillanes says they are rolling up their sleeves for more investigations into corruption allegations against the Vice-President.

Trillanes, a member of the Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee tackling the corruption allegations in Makati, says they will conduct another hearing in August.

"Sometime in August, we will schedule another one. We just met yesterday, we are preparing pieces of evidence. We're still lining up what to present in the next hearing, but we'll probably go back to the birthday cakes and the ghost employees," Trillanes revealed.

Meanwhile, Trillanes, a respondent in the P200-million damage suit filed by the Binay camp before the Makati RTC, says they are not intimidated by what they call a "frivolous harassment case" against them.

He adds, the Binay camp has even done their side a favor by opening the Vice President to legal scrutiny.

Citing an exception in the Bank Secrecy Law, Trillanes says they will now call on the court to subpoena the Vice President's bank deposits.

"This is a legal blunder on their part. They are now exposing the VP. If the object of the case is the bank deposits themselves, then we can have these records subpoenaed by the court. And as the complainant in this case, he will have to put himself in the witness stand. Our lawyers are very excited about that opportunity to cross examine him. This will not intimidate us in any way. We will move forward and I will see to it that the VP will go to jail within the year," Trillanes said.