Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 5 (Mabuhay) – Will Vice President Jejomar Binay mimic former Chief Justice Renato Corona in the Senate?

This is the theory of Liberal Party (LP) member and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice amid reports that Binay may attend the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee investigation on corruption allegations against the vice president.

Erice said Binay may “do a Corona” by delivering a statement to the Senate and then walking out of the hearing before lawmakers could ask any questions.

Firstly, I don’t think the vice president will attend tomorrow. Kung attend man siya, he will not allow senators asking him questions. He will do a Corona if ever he will attend. Si Chief Justice Corona di ba nag statement tapos umalis,” the congressman said.

Erice said he doubts if Binay will even show up at the hearing.

Malaki ang duda ko na haharap si Vice President sa Senado kasi di niya alam kung may lalabas na documents, issues na di niya napaghandaan. Alam niya marami siyang skeletons in the closet na maaaring biglang lumabas sa hearing na ito,” he said.

Binay is under investigation over the alleged overpricing of the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall building 2, which started construction when Binay was Makati mayor.

Binay has refused to appear in the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee inquiry, saying the hearings are not in aid of legislation but are meant to pull down his ratings before the 2016 election.

On Monday, United Nationalist Alliance interim president Toby Tiangco said Binay is now considering attending the investigation after receiving an invitation from the Senate Blue Ribbon mother committee.

Tiangco said he is against the idea of Binay appearing in the inquiry.

Erice said a non-appearance will be an indication of guilt.

“Guilty siya subalit lalaruin ang emosyon ng masa. Makikita mo, parang pinaglalaruan ni VP Binay. Sinasabi he’s willing to attend provided it’s the mother committee pero maraming pahayag si Congressman Tiangco na pinipilit wag um-attend dahil di makakabuti,” he said.

The congressman said he feels the Binay camp has already “given up on ABC classes” but will now actively seek the sympathies of people from Class D and E.

He also said the vice president may reject being subjected to questioning by the senators.

“Di siya papayag na matanong siya ng mga senador at lumabas katotohanan kasi kung matatanong siya, malaki ang tsansa na hindi siya maipapaliwanag ng maayos kasi very obvious naman both testimonial, circumstantial and documentary evidence,” he said.

‘KASAMA, KAIBIGAN, KASABWAT’

Erice said he also feels that Binay will eventually leave the Aquino Cabinet. This, after Binay criticized certain administration programs and policies like the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

President Aquino has said Binay is free to leave the Cabinet if he is unhappy with the administration.

“He will be fired or he will resign. Palagay ko pinipiga lang ni VP Binay yung panahon niya sa pagiging myembro ng Gabinete. Di totoo na kaya siya nandiyan dahil sa utang na loob sa pamilyang Aquino. Maraming ulit bagamat sinasabi kaibigan si Pangulong Aquino, sinasaksak sa likod. For example, sa Zamboanga siege, issue ng DAP, issue ng treatment kay dating Pangulong Arroyo – maraming iba na sinasaksak sa likod si Pangulong Aquino. Di totoo na ginagawa sa pagkakaibigan at utang na loob kaya nagsusumiksik sa Gabinete dahil ganyan talaga ugali ng dynastic politicians. Sinasagad ang paggamit sa resources ng gobyerno. Sinasagad ang paggamit para sa political ambition,” Erice said.

Erice said he will watch the Senate hearing tomorrow in case the vice president shows up.

One issue that he is looking forward to is the vice president’s explanation on the value of his house as well as funding for his children’s electoral campaigns.

Binay’s son, Junjun, is the mayor of Makati; one daughter, Abigail, is a congresswoman, while another daughter, Nancy, is a senator.

Paano ipaliliwanag yaman niya. SALN [Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth] niya P7 million, nakadeklara na halaga ng tahanan sa San Antonio. P7 million, di hamak na mas malaki sa bahay ko bahay ni vice president, pero SALN ko will show P26 million. Understated ang halaga ng bahay. Papaano nagkaroon napakaraming bahay si Junjun, Congresswoman Abby, at paano ipaliliwanag, maraming nagsasabi siya may-ari ng Batangas property. Maski matandang babae, sinabi si VP Binay may-ari. Sasabihin lang lagi ‘It cannot stand in court.’ Dapat pagpaliwanagan, corrupt ka ba? Nagpayaman ka ba sa pwesto? How can you afford the campaign of his son and daughters sa position nila? Marami pang iba at si vice-mayor Ernesto Mercado, paano itatatuwa si Mercado 24 years kasama, kaibigan, kasabwat.”

Erice had previously said he was looking into filing or endorsing an impeachment complaint against the vice president.

He said the impeachable offense committed by Binay is the same as that committed by Corona: failure to disclose all his assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Sa ngayon, nakikita ko kasi may impeachable offense . Di paglalagay sa SALN, same as CJ Corona,” he said.

He cited as example the sale of an Alfonso, Cavite property in 2012, when the property was not even included in Binay’s SALN.

He also reiterated Mercado’s claim that Binay used proceeds from the construction of the Makati City Hall building 2 for his vice-presidential campaign in 2010.

Erice said he believes the Binay camp and the United Nationalist Alliance have taken advantage of the LP.

He said that as part of the coalition in the House of Representatives, the Binay camp is also part of the successes of the Aquino administration.

“Pag may failures, palpak, sila pa unang pumupuna sa amin. Dito sa house, ka-kowalisyon namin UNA pero sa Senate opposition sila. Si VP miyembro ng Gabinete pero lider ng opposition at opposition matindi pagbatikos sa Aquino,” he said.

Erice is a known ally of presumptive Liberal Party 2016 standard bearer, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Roxas has yet to declare his plans for 2016 but he is seen to be Binay’s main challenger in that year’s presidential election. (MNS)