Senator Bongbong Marcos (seated) discusses with fellow Sen. Bong Revilla (right), one of the three senators indicted in the so-called “pork-scam.” (Photo from a Facebook Page bearing the name Senator Bongbong Marcos)

Senator Bongbong Marcos (seated) discusses with fellow Sen. Bong Revilla (right), one of the three senators indicted in the so-called “pork-scam.” (Photo from a Facebook Page bearing the name Senator Bongbong Marcos)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. believes Vice-President Jejomar Binay should face the Senate probe on the Makati City Hall Building 2 if only to prove his innocence.

Marcos said it is up to the vice-president if he just wants to answer the charges in court. However, he also pointed out that confidence in a government official depends a lot on public perception.

“I’m sure he’s not surprised that this is happening. He expected this, so I’m sure he’s also prepared to answer it,” he said.

“His contention is those senators conducting hearings are very much biased against him so he doesn’t come but perception is really important,” he said.

Binay is already facing a plunder complaint before the Ombudsman for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

Binay has denied the allegations and said the Senate inquiry is being conducted by senators seeking higher office in the 2016 elections.

A Pulse Asia survey recently showed Binay’s lead in the 2016 race dropping by at least 10 percentage points.

Binay’s ally, Congressman Toby Tiangco, said he expected a higher drop in Binay’s ratings. He added that he expects the vice-president to recover lost ground in future surveys.

Meanwhile, Pulse Asia research director Ana Tabunda said Binay’s appearance at the Senate could make or break him.

“I’m assuming his political strategists know enough about the vice president himself, whether he can handle the situation or not, because it would be difficult for him to lose his cool in such an investigation,” she said.(MNS)