Rappler Talk: Binay beyond accusations

MANILA, Philippines - Rappler talked to Rico Quicho, spokesman of Vice President Jejomar Binay, about the string of corruption allegations that are hounding the Binay family and its effect on Binay's plan to run for 2016 presidential race.

In July 2014, plunder charges were filed against the Vice President in relation to an overpriced multi-million-peso Makati City Hall Building 2.

The probe has since branched out into other corruption allegations, including his supposed ownership of “Hacienda Binay,” a 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas, and the latest being his alleged overpricing of a housing and relocation program in Makati by P1 billion ($23 million).

Despite all these accusations, the Vice President remains at the top of the presidential preference poll. But latest Social Weather Stations survey shows neophyte Senator Grace Poe jumping up in the rankings and is now in a statistical tie with Binay.

With corruption scandals hitting his political career one after another, what is next for Binay?

Will he succeed President Benigno Aquino despite all the allegations?

Watch the interview here. - Rappler.com

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