The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said Senator Antonio Trillanes needs a life jacket to save himself from the ignominy of a last place finish in the vice presidential race in the coming May elections.
That life vest is Binay. Trillanes thinks by hitting Binay he gains points.
Calling Trillanes a ‘cellar dweller,’ Binay spokesman Joey Salgado said the Senator is bashing Binay over alleged corruption to boost his ranking in the surveys.
According to Salgado, Trillanes continues to hit at the Vice President because Binay’s numbers are rising in the surveys.
“We pity Senator Trillanes. Despite hogging the headlines and airwaves for more than a year, the voting public still does not believe him fit to become Vice President. But that probably speaks more of the intellect of the voters,” he added.
Trillanes formed the trio of senators along with Senator Koko Pimentel and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who acted as Binay’s ‘inquisitors’ in an inquiry conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee last year over alleged corruption committed by Binay during his term as Makati City Mayor.
The probe by Senate on Binay’s alleged corruption was initiated by Trillanes.
In pre-poll surveys of the Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia, Trillanes, running as an independent, has consistently ruled the bottom in a field composed of Senator Chiz Escudero, Senator Bongbong Marcos, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Camarines Sur Congresswoman Leni Robredo and Senator Gringo Honasan.
Trillanes, a member of the Blue Ribbon subcommittee has said he is planning to propose resumption of the inquiry.
Salgado dismissed Trillanes’ claim there is no politics in the revival of the Senate inquiry.
This is a fantastic claim that no one believes. Clearly, the senator merely wants to squeeze from the hearing whatever publicity it can provide him and his campaign,” said Salgado in a statement.
Salgado deplored that Trillanes spent people’s money in a futile attempt to achieve his dream to become vice president.
Salgado said Trillanes using funds for office consultants that included his brother came out with nothing against Binay after 24 hearings last year.
“All we have heard from the hearings are lies and half-truths,” Salgado said adding that he was not surprised if the senator misuses public money.
Trillanes uses taxpayers’ money to pay his driver and house help so he sees nothing wrong if taxpayers would also pay for his political ambition, said Salgado.
As a candidate for the second highest position of the land, Salgado said Trillanes should stop hounding Binay and instead focus on pressing national issues like poverty, hunger and unemployment.
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.
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“This is the height of impropriety!” wailed Norodin Lucman Alonto, who sees politics in the proclamation of Roxas.
Alonto, a scholar and peacekeeper who spent years as among prime movers in the quest for peace in Mindanao, in a post in his Facebook account, said: “I am a member of major Sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu and I am sworn to protect its dignity and honor.”
Alonto said the Sultanates of Mindanao should condemn the act of the Sultanate of Lanao for the enthronement as “datu” of Roxas whom he described as an “Islamophode.”
“I will never grant that title to a proven Islamophobe. The Sultanates must condemn this treachery against the dignity of our forebears, said Alonto, who is running for senator under the banner of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) which has Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as standard bearer.
In his post, Alonto recalled a past incident wherein an honorary award was supposed to be given to the late then President Corazon Aquino. The conferment was aborted because it was not athorized by the Sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu.
“I remember one event in Zamboanga City where Pres. Cory Aquino and I are scheduled to speak about peace in Mindanao. The DILG Usec (I forgot his name) gave me a text or part of my speech where I will proclaim Pres. Cory Aquino as Bai a Labi. I said “No.We don’t give away noble titles without the concurrence of the Sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu.” They were shocked including Sen. Drilon, another Islamophobe, who was there. So they have to change the speech of the president. Better shocked than me insulting my heritage, the last relic of our culture that defines our nationality which was never conquered by the Spaniards and Americans. Every Muslim this country is obligated to protect and nurture this spirit that we inherited from our brave past.”