MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said his life might be placed in danger if Vice President Jejomar Binay becomes president in 2016.
Speaking to dzMM, Trillanes said Binay, being a ''powerful'' and ''vindictive'' person, might send him to jail or have him killed.
''Kapag naging presdiente iyan sa 2016, eh baka ipakulong ako o ipapatay ako nito. Kaya hindi madali na trabaho ito,'' Trillanes said.
''Kasi alam nila na napaka-powerful ni Binay, at vindictive ang taong ito,'' Trillanes added when asked why only three senators are actively attending the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearings on the alleged overpricing of the Makati parking building.
Trillanes said he will not back down in his crusade to reveal the supposed truth regarding Binay's wealth.
''Mahirap ang ginagawa natin, 2003 nakulong ako, kay GMA (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo), Senator [Juan Ponce] Enrile. Basta kapag meron tayong nakitang anomalya, kahit gaano pa kalaking political personality eh titindigan natin iyan,'' he said.
Trillanes is accusing Binay of owning a sprawling estate in Rosario, Batangas. He also believes that Binay was involved in the alleged overpricing of several buildings in Makati, including the Makati City Hall Building II and the Makati Science High School Building.
He said more witnesses and pieces of evidence will be presented to prove that at least 4 more buildings in Makati were overpriced.
Trillanes earlier blasted Binay for backing out of a televised debate. Binay was the one who challenged Trillanes to a face-off, amid allegations that the vice-president has unexplained wealth.
'No need to hurry'
Reacting to President Benigno Aquino III's request that all the evidence of corruption against Binay not be presented in piecemeal, Trillanes said the Senate does not need to hurry with its own probe.
Trillanes noted a case has already been filed against Binay and several others before the Office of the Ombudsman insofar as the Makati parking building is concerned.
He said the National Bureau of Investigation is also conducting a probe into the corruption allegations against Binay, his family, and his allies.
Trillanes explained what is taking place in the Senate is in aid of legislation.
''Hindi ho iyan utay-utay. Nandoon na sa Ombudsman eh. Meron silang sariling timeline. Iyung sa Senado, iba ang concern - para makita natin ang mga anomalya para makagawa tayo ng panukalang batas,'' he said.
He said Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, head of the subcommittee, might submit a partial report on the probe soon.
The vice-president has refused to attend the Senate probe, saying it is a farce aimed at hurting his chances in the 2016 elections.