Why VP Binay needs to answer accusations

by Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 09 2014 12:20 AM | Updated as of Oct 09 2014 09:25 AM

MANILA -- Vice-President Jejomar Binay has to answer all the accusations hurled against him, according to a political analyst.

Malou Tiquia, in an interview on radio dzMM on Wednesday, said the accusations against Binay have become alarming.

"Alarming na siya na kailangan mong sagutin. Mayroon siya sinasabi pero hindi directly refuting the accusations," Tiquia said.

"I think the vice-president owes that to himself and to the institution na kanyang nire-represent na for one, sagutin mo na talaga 'yan," she added.

Tiquia further explained that Binay can boost his reputation if he answers the allegations.

"Kailangan ma-arrest ang decline. Kailangan talagang sagutin 'yun, o magprisinta siguro ng another approach ng ano ba talaga ang nagawa niya. I mean, 'yung record versus the accusation. Kasi 'yung record, public 'yun eh. 'Yung accusation, nagiging public kasi may tumatapon," she said.

"So kelangan mo ma-arrest 'yung decline na 'yun, at ang only paraan para ma-arrest 'yun, ay harapin mo ang akusasyon sa iyo."

Tiquia believes it is better for Binay to tell the truth.

"Kung totoo, kailangan niyang harapin. Ang best PR offense is sabihin ang katotohanan," she said.

Prof. Edmund Tayao of the University of Santo Tomas shares the view that it is best for the vice-president to address the issues as soon as possible.

"But definitely, the vice-president, kailangan niyang sagutin iyan. Hindi pwedeng you simply have to dismiss it and say, politically motivated. Lahat ng gagawin ngayon, will be politically motivated, natural lang yun," Tayao said.

"It has already significant impact on his popularity. He really has to concretely address these issues now. Face it squarely, patunayan na kung talagang hindi sa iyo 'to, hindi siyang may-ari nito, talagang above-board yung parking building na tinatawag, dapat mapatunayan ‘yan, at mapasinungalingan ‘yung mga alegasyon ng mga kalaban niya," he added.

Tayao also believes that other politicians who are facing similar accusations should also come clean.

"Alam mo naman dito kasi, sa atin, sa totoo lang, kapag napatungan na ng ibang isyu, nakakalimutan na. At the end of the day, kailangan natin talagang suriin, sino ba dito sa mga ito ‘yung mga maayos talaga at hindi. Kasi for all you know, ‘yung mga nag-aakusa, sila din, ganoon din. So, dapat pare-pareho sila na mag-explain, ano ba talaga ‘yung iooffer nila na matino sa taong-bayan," he said.

In his testimony before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on Wednesday, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado claimed that the Binay family owns a 5,000-square-meter property with three structures in Laurel, Batangas.

He said that initially, Binay only got 1,000 square meters as "attorney's fee" after winning a case for a certain Ladislaw Diwa of Cavite. The property allegedly expanded to 5,000 square meters after the family got more land around the original property.