MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is not hiding his bias against Vice President Jejomar Binay. The rebel-turned-senator has repeatedly declared he is convinced that Binay and his family are guilty of the corruption allegations raised against them and, thus, Binay is undeserving to become the country’s next president.
His prayer, he said, is for the Filipino voters to realize this, too.
“Kapag naging presidente ‘yan baka gawing Hacienda Binay na ang buong Pilipinas. Patay tayo niyan. Panalangin ko naman na maliwanagan ang taong bayan na hindi siya karapat-dapat bilang pangulo,” Trillanes told reporters on Monday, October 20.
(If he becomes president, he might turn the entire Philippines into Hacienda Binay. It is my prayer that the Filipino people will be enlightened and realize that he does not become president.)
The senator was referring to allegations that the Binays own a 350-hectare farm in Batangas through dummies, but which has been denied by the Vice President’s camp.
Watch his statement below:
Trillanes also welcomed the new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing a big majority of Filipinos – 79% – agree that the Vice President should face the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee probe into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.
The word war between Trillanes and the Binay camp continued to intensify as Trillanes threatened to expose new alleged anomalous deals involving Vice President. (READ: Trillanes threates Binay with new corruption exposé)
“It will depend on how the media will interpret it. If it’s more shocking politically or it’s more shocking legally. It’s really up to you. If you dismiss it as nothing, it will be nothing,” said Trillanes without elaborating.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary-general JV Bautista accused Trillanes of allegedly funding overpriced multicabs, spending P300,000.00 for a multicab that shoud only cost P200,000.
The new allegation comes after Bautista raised questions about Trillanes’s supposed luxury cars. (READ: Trillanes on UNA exposé: 8 luxury cars ‘old issue)
“Grabe magmalinis itong si Sen. Trillanes…akala mo eh napakalinis at transparent kuno dahil naka-post PDAF niya sa website, at kunwari galit sa mga overpriced projects, samantalang swabe pala itong magpatong sa PDAF projects niya,” Bautista said.
(Senator Trillanes acts like he is the cleanest politician. He may appear transparent because his projects are posted in his website and he acts like he’s against ovepriced projects. It shows he is padding his PDAF projects, too),”
Trillanes explained that the multicabs were more expensive because they were customized for the particular local government units that received the donation, and additional funding was supposedly allocated for maintainance and for spare parts for a one-year-period.
“To set the record straight, I never funded overpriced projects, all the more personally gained from the different projects I funded through my Priority Development Assistance Fund. From 2011 to 2013, my office granted numerous requests from the different municipalities in the country for fund allocation for multicabs which will be used as ambulance or patrol car,” Trillanes said. – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com