VP Binay to accusers: 'I will answer all your lies before the Ombudsman'

December 16, 2014 11:35 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 16 (PNA) – Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Tuesday he is ready to present himself and "answer all the lies of his critics" before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Binay made this reaction after lawyer Renato Bondal filed graft and plunder charges against him and 30 others in connection with the alleged overpriced construction of the PhP1.33-billion Makati Science High School.

”To those who filed the complaint and their backers, I say, I will answer all your lies before the Ombudsman. Let us face each other before the eyes of the law. I will go through the right process,” Binay said in a press statement.

”I am ready to present myself before the Ombudsman to shed light on the truth behind the allegations against me,” he added.

The Vice President questioned the timing of the plunder charges.

”I only have one question for the people accusing me and those behind them. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – there was not one question or finding of irregularity in the projects they mentioned,” he said.

”But since the beginning of 2014, we had a special audit, special findings and others,” he added.

Binay, however, said he is used to life's challenges.

”And even if they are not fair or just, I do not back down,” he said.

The Vice President said he was saddened that the charges were filed when everybody is enjoying the Christmas season.

”They did not give the Christmas season even an ounce of respect. They have even given political color to the sanctity of the Simbang Gabi,” he said.

”Christmas is upon us, and a lot of our countrymen continue to suffer and yet you chose politics and partisanship,” he added.

The filing of the plunder charges came a week after Pulse Asia released the results of its 2014 fourth quarter survey showing a big decline on Binay’s performance and trust rating.

Although Binay remains on top of the list of potential presidential candidates in 2016, a separate Pulse Asia survey revealed that he suffered six-percentage point drop.

The Pulse Asia conducted the survey at the height of the Senate inquiries on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2. (PNA)

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