MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay offered a teaching post and free hospitalization to outgoing Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a "sincere" gesture that the lawmaker declined even as his time in the Senate ended.
In a Twitter post, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the exchange happened at the Senate lounge Tuesday night, as the session came to a close.
"Senate camaraderie at its best in the 17th Congress: Sen. Nancy Binay offered graduating Sen. Trillanes a teaching job at the University of Makati with 24-hr free parking at the Makati parking lot, plus free admission to the Ospital ng Makati and free burial in the Makati cemetery," Lacson said.
Lacson later confirmed that Binay's offer was for a teaching post and hospital care and that he just added free parking and burial as a joke.
"Totoo 'yun pero katuwaan lang sa (It's true but just for fun at the [Senate] lounge. Sen. Binay informed us that she had offered graduating Sen. Trillanes a teaching job at the Makati University and free hospitalization at the Ospital ng Makati," he said in a text message.
"Dagdag ko na lang 'yung (I only added the) free parking and free burial kasi si Sen Trillanes, (and Sen. Cayetano) pursued to the hilt the Senate Investigation on the UMak and parking lot issues, if you recall," he added.
Trillanes and former Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano led a series of hearings that looked into the alleged corrupt practices of Binay's father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, and her brother, Junjun, during their respective time as Makati Mayor.
Trillanes, in a separate text message, confirmed that Sen. Binay offered him a teaching stint but that he declined.
"I appreciated the sincere offer but I respectfully declined out of delicadeza. It was truly nice of her," he said.
The soldier-turned-lawmaker said in previous interviews that he was mulling entering the academe when his second term in the Senate ends on June 30.
Binay, meanwhile, won a fresh mandate in the May elections, placing last in the Senate race dominated by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte who won 9 of 12 seats up for grabs.
- With a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News