MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III declined to give an advice to Vice President Jejomar Binay on whether he should face the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee which is investigating alleged corruption in Makati City.
Speaking to reporters in Indonesia, Aquino said he does not think it is proper to give Binay unsolicited advice on the matter, especially that the vice president is more senior than him in public service.
“He is an astute politician. He’s a lawyer… He’s older. He should know what should be done,” Aquino said.
“Ano bang tawag doon sa sabi ng nakakatanda sa atin adelantado ba, yon bang nagmamarunong pa ako sa kanya. Bibigyan ko naman siya, siyempre, the respect and courtesy due his office and as a friend na yung he will be the best judge as to what he has to do,” he added.
The president also refused to comment on the new accusations thrown against Binay that he owns a sprawling mansion in Tagaytay and a 350-hectare property in Batangas.
He noted that he has no personal knowledge of the issues nor the alleged illegal transactions entered into by the city government of Makati when Binay was still mayor of the city.
He said he has also not talked to Binay about the allegations against him.
But as far as the vice president’s duty as housing czar is concerned, Aquino said there has been no allegation that Binay has done something wrong.
“Parang the strides that we have done as far as housing is concerned, he should be given credit rin naman for his role in helping us achieve those targets,” he said.
“At the end of the day, I really believe that the truth will come out. Anybody and everybody who knows and who has personal knowledge of the issue should help contribute to ferreting the truth,” Aquino said. (MNS)