Vice President Jejomar Binay hits back at his accusers during a televised press conference at the PICC in Pasay City on Thursday, September 18. Binay denied receiving kickbacks from the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II and from other projects in the city during his term as mayor. (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay hits back at his accusers during a televised press conference at the PICC in Pasay City on Thursday, September 18. Binay denied receiving kickbacks from the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II and from other projects in the city during his term as mayor. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay denied Wednesday that he owns a nine-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas.

In a press statement, Joey Salgado, Binay’s media affairs chief, said they expect the Vice President’s detractors to present before the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee proof of the said property.

“The detractors will show photos, aerial photos, of the said property, an amateurish attempt to do a repeat of the ‘Purisima’ expose,” he said.

He said based on records, the lessor of the property is Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp., operator of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park.

Salgado noted that Sunchamp Park in Rosario, Batangas has been featured in several publications and TV programs.

“These photos would probably be the same photos to be peddled by the Vice President’s detractors in the sub-committee hearing,” he said.

Salgado added that the JCB Farm which was established by Binay used to have leasehold improvements in a small portion of Sunchamp Park.

“It is unfortunate that legitimate businesses of private individuals are being dragged into this political circus,” he said.

The subcommittee is set to resume Wednesday morning its hearing on the alleged overpriced construction of Makati City Hall building II.

But before the resumption of the hearing proper, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is expected to present before the committee his decision on the jurisdictional challenge filed by Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., and four others.

The members of the subcommittee will vote if they agree or disagree with Pimentel’s decision if the subcommittee has jurisdiction over the issue or not. (MNS)