A Binay presidency could be worse than Arroyo’s – Trillanes
MANILA -- Citing inside information, Senator Antonio Trillanes said President Benigno Aquino III will not endorse Vice President Jejomar Binay’s candidacy in 2016.
At the Kapihan sa Quezon City on Saturday, Trillanes said an Aquino nod for Binay is a lost cause.
“Walang tyansa. Pero 'yan po ang gustong papaniwalain ng kampo ni Vice President Binay sa taumbayan para makita na siya pa rin ang tinutukoy ni President Aquino na magpapatuloy ng tuwid na daan pero hindi po yan totoo,” he claimed.
In a separate statement, however, Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado, said the Vice President "has never sought or asked the president’s endorsement. His candidacy for president as standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is not dependent on such endorsement.”
Asked about the support from Aquino’s relatives for a Binay presidency, Trillanes said that is their prerogative, noting that this doesn't necessarily translate to votes from the public.
“It's really up to them kung sa palagay nila ay si Vice President Binay ang ikabubuti ng bansa despite all these irregularities na lumalabas,” he said.
Trillanes initiated a probe at the Senate on the allegedly overpriced Makati office and parking building, believing that the details unearthed there could be worse than the pork barrel scam.
“Primarily it involved P2 billion that was lost to corruption and it is even bigger than the already scandalous pork barrel scam wherein the three Senators are accused of pocketing more than P100 million. In this case, the Vice President of the Republic is being accused of pocketing at least P2 billion in one project alone,” he said.
Trillanes also believes a Binay presidency may even be worse than that of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Kasi nakikita ko how senators are not investigating or not inquiring even about this issue. Ganito ho 'yun, nakita natin nung panahon ni GMA na may mga lumalaban na senador e, pero ngayon ho wala na e. Ngayon Vice President palang natatakot na, pati negosyante, pati some media people, pati yang mga huwes po - pinapangakuan or tinatakot. So, naiimagine ko lang under a Binay presidency things will probably even be worse,” Trillanes claimed.
‘Courts prone to corruption’
He also believes that if Binay’s alleged dirt will not be unearthed today, future cases will not anymore prosper if he becomes president.
“Aaregluhin na lang po lahat 'yan. Alam naman po natin 'yung mga courts natin ay highly politicized. They are prone to corruption, bribery. Mag-iisip na po 'yung mga justices lalo na kung papangakuan sila na iaappoint silang chief justice ng Supreme Court, e 'di areglado na po 'yan. Precisely, 'yan po 'yung iniiwasan natin, ayaw na natin bumalik doon,” Trillanes alleged.
The senator also downplayed statements that his actions are politically motivated since he has also expressed plans of running for a higher office, saying the hearings will show he did the right thing in initiating a probe.
“Nagsimula po ito sa acts of corruption then later on makikita natin na itong proceeds of corruption kung san napunta,” he said, noting he may look deeper into Binay’s statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs).