MANILA - Will the Senate investigation on the alleged overpricing in the construction of a Makati City parking and office building lead to the impeachment of Vice-President Jejomar Binay?
According to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, any impeachment case against Binay will happen if there is sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of such a case.
"We will get there. Once we are done with this investigation, if we find anomalies committed by the Vice President then we can use this as a basis to file an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives," he said in an interview on [email protected]
Trillanes said the issue of the parking building is a matter of public interest after it became the basis of a plunder case against Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
The Binays have denied the allegation, saying that Makati's resident auditor already said there is no overpricing in the P1.5 billion construction of the building.
"I believe this case is imbued with public interest because it involves the Vice President and a potential president of the country. It is high time that we investigate this so the public will know if these allegations are true," Trillanes said.
"On our part as legislators, we want to see the loopholes in the procurement law and legislate remedial measures to make sure this won't happen again," he added.
The senator, who filed the resolution calling for the investigation, said allegations of politicking should not deter senators from conducting the probe.
He pointed out that the Senate Blue Ribbon investigation on the P10 billion pork barrel scam "shocked the people" and allowed the public to see how lawmakers use priority development assistance funds.
"They were able to see the demeanor of the witnesses like Benhur Luy and make their own opinions about the matter," he said.
The senator said if no evidence of wrongdoing is found against Binay, then people could rightfully say that the investigation is a demolition job against a frontrunner in 2016.
He also said he has no problem with Senator Koko Pimentel heading the sub-committee created for the probe.