MANILA — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday singled out the allies of the administration for allegedly crafting political attacks against him.
The statement was made following former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado’s accusations involving Binay in the overpriced P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Parking Building.
Mercado impliedly said in a Senate inquiry that Binay made money from the Makati car park project.
Binay hits back, denying the issues and saying that the accuser was involved deeper than him in the alleged over-priced project.
“I and my family did not receive any money in any transactions in Makati City—not in the construction of the parking building or any building in Makati City, from contractors and businessmen of our city and especially in giving and baking cakes or other benefits for Makati residents,” Binay said in Filipino during a news conference.
Binay said that he fears that a “politicized forum meant to find my criminal liability and was not in aid of legislation.”
“Why are they maligning me? It’s because of the information that the next political surveys will start soon. They wanted their tirades against me to impact on the people’s support for me because not only do I have a high trust rating but I am also the front-runner in the people’s preference for President,” said Binay.