Trillanes wants 'Hacienda Binay' turned into drug rehab center


Posted at Jul 17 2016 12:43 PM | Updated as of Jul 17 2016 04:57 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday urged the government to sequester the Rosario, Batangas estate being linked to former Vice President Jejomar Binay and convert it into a drug rehabilitation facility.

In a statement, Trillanes said hearings conducted by the Senate showed that the acquisition of the 350-hectare farm violated the agrarian reform law.

The Duterte administration, according to Trillanes, must "immediately act to sequester this land and put it into good use by converting it into a treatment and rehabilitation facility."

The senator said the vast estate's serene environment makes it an ideal place for the treatment of drug dependents, who have been surrendering to authorities by the thousands ever since Duterte won the May 9 election.

"There are thousands of self-confessed drug dependents who have surrendered to the authorities, but, aside from monitoring, the government has yet to implement a concrete program to ensure that these drug users will not return to their old ways," Trillanes noted.

(Coming soon: More rehab centers for PH drug users)

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) earlier said the court may order the forfeiture of the Batangas estate if it is proven that it was prematurely converted from agricultural land to residential or commercial.

(READ: 'Hacienda Binay' may be forfeited, says DAR chief)

Meanwhile, the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee in May found Binay liable for not disclosing in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) the Batangas property that he allegedly owned.

Aside from the "Hacienda Binay" issue, the former Vice President is currently facing criminal charges at the Sandiganbayan over the allegedly rigged bidding for the design and construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Building II.