Squeezed bone-dry for its propaganda value after nearly a year of investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee, the revival of the probes on corruption charges leveled against Vice President Jejomar Binay may go pffftt.
The resumption of the inquiry may also not lure attention of the senators, including those who spearheaded the inquiry last year.
Blue Ribbon subcommittee chair Senator Koko Pimentel said the revival of the investigation may not draw interest of the Senators as it did not when the Blue Ribbon subcommittee conducted its lengthy investigation last year.
Even Senator Antonio Trillanes, who called for the resumption of the investigation, said he would not participate in the inquiry.
Trillanes, who initiated the investigation on alleged corruption by Binay during his term as Makati City Mayor, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Pimentel, who chairs the Senate anti-graft subcommittee, formed the trio that acted as Binay’s ‘inquisitors’ during the 24 public hearings that the Blue Ribbon subcommittee conducted last year.
Trillanes said if the inquiry is revived he may no longer be as aggressive as last year in pinning down Binay on the charges.
He said he plans to attend the hearings only to provide a quorum, but would leave the questioning to Pimentel.
Binay has dismissed the charges against him as black propaganda and a ‘demolition by perception’ and has refused to attend the hearings by the subcommittee last year.
He said he would rather face the charges in court, adding that the Senate investigation was part of political dirty play aimed to derail his presidential bid.
Binay said the senators in the investigation were Malacanang lackeys out to gain points for their political agenda.
Trillanes is on an independent dash for the vice presidency in the May elections while Cayetano is running as vice president of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) with party president Pimentel as campaign manager. ALSO READ NEWS SOURCE