MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday denied the ‘false’ claim of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano that the former attempted to use Pag-IBIG funds for political ads.
”I can’t understand the lies of this man (Cayetano). That’s he wanted to do, to fabricate just to get space in the newspapers. Its all suspicion,” Binay said in an interview with radio dzXL.
Binay defended Pag-IBIG Fund under the leadership of its President and CEO Atty. Darlene Berberabe who received many awards for the outstanding performance of the organization.
The Vice President clarified that it was Atty. Berberabe who disagreed but he himself told the Pag-IBIG official to include him in the advertisement because he already expressed his intention to run for president in 2016.
”It’s an institutional advertisement. I was there. It was the president of the organization who reported the performance of Pag-IBIG,” Binay said.
Meanwhile, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president Toby Tiangco said it was Cayetano who has been appearing in political ads using Taguig City when he is not even the mayor of the city.
Tiangco said the cost of the Cayetano ads has been estimated at around Php 500 million but the senator has not been candid about who is paying for the ads and if Taguig funds were used.
Cayetano’s wife, Ma. Laarni ‘Lani’ Cayetano is the incumbent mayor of Taguig City.
Cayetano is one of the senators investigating the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building and other buildings built when Binay was still mayor of the city.