MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accused on Thursday Vice President Jejomar Binay of coddling Gerry Limlingan, who had been described allegedly as Binay’s finance officer and supposed dummy in corporations.
“Si Gerry Limlingan ay itinatago ni Vice President Binay. Meron tayong informants sa kampo ni VP Binay. As late as few weeks ago, kasama pa sa meetings nila pero ngayon ibinaon na nila,” Trillanes said during a weekly forum in the Senate.
Asked what he meant by “ibinaon,” the senator said: “Napakalalim na pagkakatago. Hopefully, hindi pa ibinaon sa lupa.”
“Alam nilang pag nakuha natin yan, yung buong kaluluwa ng kanilang sindikato ay lalabas. Pero as it is, alam na natin dahil si (former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto) Mercado ay dating parte ng sindikato. It is in the interest of Vice President to hide Limlingan,” he said.
Asked how reliable his source was, Trillanes said: “Very reliable.”
Reached for their comment, the camp of Vice President Binay denied Trillanes’ allegation.
“Gerry Limlingan is a friend of the Vice President. To the furthest of my knowledge, they have had no contact [for] the longest time,” Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, said in a text message to GMA News Online.
Turning the tables on Trillanes, Remulla said the former Navy officer should instead “answer the question on who really owns the vehicles the LTO (Land Transportation Office) said is registered in his (Trillanes) name but not registered in his SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth).”
Trillanes had denied this accusation, describing the same as an old issue already dismissed by the Ombudsman and the court.
Limlingan was earlier tagged by Mercado as the supposed bagman of Binay when the latter was still Makati City mayor.
Mercado also claimed that Limlingan acted as a supposed dummy of Binay in businesses and properties that are not declared in Binay’s Statements of Assets and Liabilities. These allegedly include Agri-Fortuna Inc., the company that bought Binay’s piggery business in Rosario, Batangas, and a real estate company in Makati.
Despite repeated invitations and subpoenas by the Senate, Limlingan has yet to appear before the blue ribbon subcommittee which is looking into the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.
Records from the Bureau of Immigration show Limlingan has not left the country.
Trillanes said they have already asked the help of the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation in locating Limlingan. (MNS)