Says it's all about the 2016 presidential elections
MANILA - The secretary-general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday slammed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his supposed "obsession" in throwing various corruption allegations against the Binay family in a bid to hurt Vice President Jejomar Binay's chances in the 2016 elections.
"It is very evident from his behavior, his demeanor, his obsession that this is really an attempt on his part to demolish and ruin the chances of the vice president in the 2016 elections," UNA secretary general JV Bautista said in an interview on ANC.
Trillanes, citing "reliable sources," recently accused two Court of Appeals (CA) justices of receiving bribes from the Binay camp to stop the suspension order against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
Trillanes alleged that CA Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a writ of preliminary injunction on the younger Binay's suspension in exchange for P25 million each, allegedly through lawyer Pancho Villaraza.
He said he is willing to reveal his sources to prove his allegation.
Bautista, however, downplayed this, doubting that Trillanes will be able to support his latest allegation. He said it has always been the senator's tactic to throw accusations first before finding evidence.
"That's the problem with Mr. Trillanes. He has this technique of accusing now and find evidence later. In the process, he is destroying reputations and institutions... He's been engaged in this kind of political striptease, or if I may call it political burlesque, because he wants to tease the public...by accusing first and then little by little giving the public a peak of what he wants to show, but in the end he will show nothing," he said.
The UNA official also lambasted the senator for supposedly not understanding the rule of law.
He said Trillanes talks too much about the CA decisions in connection with the Makati mayor's suspension "without a bit of an understanding on what transpired during the oral arguments."
"I really doubt it very much if he has an inkling whatsoever about the issues that were deliberated upon by the Court of Appeals," he added.
Bautista also pointed out that Trillanes' job is to come up with good laws and not to determine who will and will not be sent to prison. Trillanes has said he wants the vice president go to jail.
"That is not the work of a senator. Mr. Trillanes should really reorient himself," said Bautista.
Meanwhile, Bautista also maintained that the Binays do not have any personal nor professional connection with Villaraza as well as his partner Atty. Bienvenido Somera Jr.
He said it would even be a welcome development if the two lawyers would appear before the Senate hearing on Thursday.
"These are very competent lawyers and they will be able to stand up to the bullying of Mr. Trillanes," he said.