Senate panel invites Binay to Nov 6 hearing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2014 11:04 AM | Updated as of Oct 29 2014 09:40 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - The Senate's mother committee on the accountability of public officers and investigations, also known as Blue Ribbon, has formally invited Vice President Jejomar Binay to an inquiry on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II on November 6.

The hearing will start at 10 a.m.

This comes after the Vice President said in an interview that he would consider attending the probe if the mother committee, and not just the subcommittee, invites him. He has repeatedly insisted he will not attend the investigation, saying it has already prejudged him.

In a letter dated Tuesday, Committee Chairman Blue Ribbon committee chair Sen. Teofisto Guingona III said the Vice President would be extended all the courtesies befitting his office.

The letter was received by the Office of the Vice President Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Binay's spokesperson for political concerns Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said the Vice President is currently out of town.

"[He] will be back over the weekend. It will be discussed then," Remulla said.

Guingona earlier told reporters that he decided to invite Binay to the hearing to prevent a showdown between the Senate and the Vice President at the Supreme Court.

"Para maiwasan ang banggaan ng Office of the Vice President, Supreme Court, at ng Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, I deemed it best na ako na ang mag-imbita, nang sa gano'n maiwasan natin ang banggaan ng mga institusyon," he said.

Guingona added that the committee is "not clear" on whether the mother committee would take over the probe should Binay attend it.

The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee will hold its 10th hearing on the issue on Thursday, October 30, with one senator warning of new revelations against the Vice President.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said damning evidence will come out in the hearing to prove Binay’s ownership of a controversial 350-hectare property in Batangas that critics have called "Hacienda Binay." With a report by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

"Pagkatapos ng hearing, kung ikaw ay may pagdududa pa, lalabas na maka-Binay ka na talaga niyan at sarado na ang iyong isipan," he said.