It seems like the allegations of owning a lavish hacienda was the last straw for Vice President Jejomar Binay. On Wednesday, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that the Vice President seems to be severing ties with the Aquino administration by making open criticisms about the government’s decisions on certain matters, including the DAP and the way former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is being treated.
"That DAP was used for various things. I think it's high time our lawyers come in where there is a violation of law," Binay said at the 5th MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Manila Hotel.
Binay further criticized the "selective justice" currently being implemented, where only three senators have been detained and no further investigations or cases have been filed. He took a stab at the inaction on the corruption allegations against PNP Chief Alan Purisima and then proceeded to express dismay about how he is being prosecuted and persecuted by people he tagged as "Roxas’ men."
These men, he said in his speech, were fueled by personal ambition rather than finding out the truth. He then vowed that he would not appear in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearings about the purported overpricing of cakes and buildings during his term as the mayor of Makati, "I won't dignify that kind of proceeding by attending it. Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines."
When asked if he would treat his enemies as he is being treated now, Binay quickly said that he wants to be a "unifying" president. He said that he has "no lost love" for former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and that he feels like it would be better to submit cases like hers to a "truth commission."
"She is no ordinary person because she became President. And she is sick. Is that fair?" he answered a question in Filipino.
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