MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay recently backed out from his scheduled public debate with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV saying that he does not want the public to view him as “oppressive and opportunistic.”
Binay made it clear that his decision to back out from the debate is final.
“It’s final, it’s final. My decision won’t change,” Binay said in Filipino during an interview aired on radio.
The Vice President also declined on previous invitations of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee requesting him to attend the on-going senate hearing and answer all the allegations raised against him.
However, instead of attending the senate inquiry, Binay instead challenged Trillanes to a public debate where he can air and defend his side.
In response to this, the Kapasinan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) has already scheduled the debate for November 27.
Binay, however said that he no longer wants to continue with the debate as he do not want the public to think bad of him, citing comments that being a lawyer, he already has an edge over Trillanes.
“Ang dahilan ko mga kababayan e dahil sa marami na akong naririnig na ako ay ganito…ako ay mahusay, ako ay naging debater, ako ay abogado, e sobra na ‘tong mga sinabi niyang ganyan na kumpirmadong sinabi niya, e ayaw ko naman hong maging..ang pagkakalilala niyo sa aking mga kababayan ay mapang-api, mapagsamantala…so tama na po ‘yun,” he said.
(The reason why I am withdrawing is I have heard comments that I am already a good and experienced debater that comes with my being a lawyer. He has also been saying things as if they were already confirmed. I don’t want to appear oppressive and opportunistic, so I am backing out.)