Binay bares plot to oust him
MANILA — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday revealed an alleged plot of the Aquino administration to oust him from office before the year ends.
He said the ongoing audit of his projects when he was still mayor of Makati City is part of the “political harassment” launched against him.
“Ang sasabihin ko lang sa inyo, talagang may dumadating sa aking impormasyon. Iyang demolition talagang wawasakin ako at wala na nga ako sa December [I must tell you, I have received information that the demolition job is part of the plan to destroy me and I’m supposed to be out by December],” Binay told reporters.
He said it is possible that he would also suffer the fate of former chief justice Renato Corona who was removed through impeachment.
“Tingnan natin [let us see],” he said.
Malacañang denied that there is such a plot.
The Vice President said that his camp had expected such moves from the administration. He added that they would not be surprised if local officials supporting him may also be slapped with charges by the government.
Binay refused to identify the people behind the plot to have him ousted.
However, he was certain that the investigation being conducted by Commissioner Heidi Mendoza of the Commission on Audit (COA) is part of the demolition job against him.
He said that the COA audit was “politically motivated” since it is no secret that he plans to run for president in 2016.
“Eto nga, hindi pa nga ako kandidato winawasak na ko [this early they have started to destroy me],” Binay added.
The Vice President said people who are “insecure” of his consistently high ratings in surveys and who see him as a threat to their own presidential plans in 2016 must be behind the plot.
He noted that it was “not normal” for the government to resurrect issues that have already been answered and clarified in previous audits. He said that Mendoza headed several special audit teams during the Arroyo administration. The findings of her team was used as the basis for the filing of a complaint against former mayor Elenita Binay of Makati City, the vice president’s wife, but the case was dismissed by the Sandiganbayan for lack of factual basis.
Other COA findings also served as basis for the filing of complaints before the Ombudsman against the vice president but these cases were also dismissed.
“Hindi naman maitatangging politically motivated ito. Biruin mo naman iyon, mayor pa lang ako pinasasagot na sa akin iyon, sinagot ko naman, tinanggap naman iyong paliwanag, heto na naman pinalalabas pang [new] initiative [This is politically motivated. Imagine, when I was mayor I was already asked to answer these charges, I explained, and my answer was accepted. Now they’re trying to make it appear that this is a new initiative]” Binay told reporters.
“Kung maya’t maya ay binabalikan ka ng issue, hindi na yata normal iyon. Mayroon nang ibang dahilan. Noong mayor pa po ako, issue na sa amin iyon, ipinaliwanag na namin iyon, na-clear na po iyon. Hindi ako na-convict. [It is no longer normal if they keep on resurrecting an issue.
There must be a different reason. This was an issue when I was a mayor, this has been cleared. I was not convicted],” he added, referring to the graft charges filed against him and his wife.
Malacañang on Wednesday denied that there is a plot to have Binay impeached.
“We have no information on the planned impeachment. I’m sorry if I’m not aware of that. We leave it with Commission on Audit to explain. I’m not familiar with the workings of the COA primarily because it is a separate constitutional office. Chairman Grace Tan will be the best person to respond to the statement made by the camp of Vice President Binay,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
“I don’t know if it is the Vice President or his spokesperson who has imputed bad faith on Ms. Mendoza,” he added. “I can very categorically say that the administration is not involved. I don’t think the Vice President was imputing bad faith or involvement of the administration with respect to that audit. Again, that audit was conducted by a constitutional office which is separate and independent from the Executive branch.”
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