Binay: Instagram photos not proof of ownership
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained that the disputed "Hacienda Binay" in Rosario, Batangas, is not his property even if one of his daughters posted photos of the family in the farm.
Binay also lambasted Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who showed the photos on Thursday, October 30, during a Senate hearing. "Itong si Cayetano akala mo kung sinong abogado pulos <expletive> lang ho sa kapwa ang ginagawa. (This Cayetano, everything he does is... against other people.)
On her Instagram account, Binay's youngest daughter, Joanna Marie Binay, captioned one photo like this: "Our place in Batangas." Her photos show one of the pools in the property. (READ: Binay to Senate foes: Spare my youngest daughter)
Another photo shows the Vice President himself enjoying a round of karaoke in the same house. (Check out the photos here)
The Vice President said there are areas inside the compound where anyone can take photos. "Ina-arkila po 'yung Agrifortuna, meron hong lugar doon na pwede kang magpa-picture-picture. Ano naman ho. Hindi naman 'yung picture-picture ebidensya na kami ang may-ari ng lupa. Kasama naman sa na-anyayahan," Binay told Bombo Radyo in an interview on Friday, October 31.
(Agrifortuna is for lease. There is a place there were you can take pictures. What is wrong there? Those pictues are not evidence that we own the property. It's part of the invitation.)
The posts run counter to assertions of the Vice President that he does not and never owned the controversial estate in Batangas. Businessman Antonio Tiu has since claimed ownership of the estate, which he calls Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Farm. (READ: 'Hacienda Binay under VP's friends, aides' names)
Cayetano showed the photos on Thursday at the resumption of the Senate probe into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II Parking Building. Former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado alleged that the overprice in the city hall infrastructure project was meant to pay for the expenses in developing the Batangas property.
The Senate Blue Ribbon committee invited Binay to attend a November 6 hearing to answer allegations made in the subcommittee. Binay has not decided on whether he would accept it. – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com