MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay, currently at the receiving end of corruption allegations, on Monday said he and his family are willing to undergo lifestyle check “anytime.”
Interviewed on the sidelines of the 2014 Bagong Bayani Awards, Binay noted that in all his years in public service, having served as Makati mayor for many years, he has never been suspended due to corruption.
“’Yun naman pagkatapos nito ang babalikan yung aming pinagdaanan, yung bang mga kaso na hindi naman ako nasuspindi, hindi naman ako naparusahan. Yung mga bintang-bintang naman sa Ombudsman na hindi naman nangyari. Mga kasong ginayak na hindi naman natuloy,” he said.
He was reacting to a call from advocacy group United Makati Against Corruption for him and his family to undergo lifestyle check following allegations that they benefited from the alleged overpricing in the construction of the P2.7-billion Makati City Hall Building II.
Binay said the allegations thrown at him are not new.
“Wala namang bago roon kasi yun ay mga bintang na pinagdaanan ko nung ako ay mayor,” he said as he once again linked the accusations to his planned presidential bid in 2016.
A sub-committee of the Senate blue ribbon committee is currently investigating the controversy surrounding the Makati City Hall Building II, which was constructed in 2007 when Binay was Makati mayor.
Binay did not respond to questions if he will attend the hearing scheduled on Thursday. (MNS)