VP Binay can seek SC help vs Senate summons


Posted at Sep 01 2014 11:25 AM | Updated as of Sep 01 2014 07:25 PM

MANILA - Makati 2nd District Rep. Abigail Binay advised her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, to go to the Supreme Court in case the Senate subpoenas him to the probe on the Makati City Hall building 2.

Speaking to ANC, the congresswoman said her father should not attend the hearing because it was set up to malign him.

"Para siyang ginagawa na siyang impeachment proceeding because you have to remember the position of the Vice-President is an impeachable position. In fact, kahit sa Ombudsman di siya pinapasagot kasi nga dapat muna impeach mo muna bago ka makasuhan," she said.

"My advice is not to show up and go to the Supreme Court."

The younger Binay said the investigation is "in aid of election" and not "in aid of legislation" since there is no clear legislation that senators wish to pass after the inquiry.

She also scored senators allied with the administration for being too lenient on former Makati Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado despite his admission that he pocketed kickbacks from the construction of the building.

"After his admission that nakinabang siya, parang 'Ah ok. Nakinabang ka.' Di man lang sinabi na how much," she said.

"You can even check their questions, very leading. Yung mga 'Ok ka ba? May death threat ba?'"

"Kulang na lang sila na magtestify sila para dun sa in-invite nila dun sa Senate hearing."

She also denied Senator Alan Peter Cayetano's allegation that she is behind the plunder and graft charges against the senator and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.

The complainant, Attorney Rod Vera, was Binay's batchmate in Ateneo Law School.

"You give me too much credit. Wala akong kinalaman dun sa kaso na yun. I myself was surprised by the case," she said.

"Ang hirap naman. There are over 100 of my batchmates in ALS. Am I accountable for all their actions? Kapag nagfile sila ng kaso lahat linked sa akin?"

Binay also addressed the issue of allegedly overpriced cakes given to senior citizens in Makati.

She said the cake supplier is not in any way related to her family.

She also said her family does not own any businesses that have transactions with Makati City.