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
Vice presidential aspirant Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is repackaging himself into another Rodrigo Duterte, his standard bearer in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Laban (PDP/Laban) in the 2016 elections.
Mouthing dire warnings like the Davao City mayor, Cayetano warned that their tandem if elected would cut down criminality, drug trafficking and corruption into half in one year.
Duterte is running on an iron-fist anti-criminality and ant-corruption campaign.
Duterte, aka Digong, is accused by human rights groups as behind the Davao Death Squad (DDS), said to be behind the extrajudicial killings in Davao City.
He said he would replicate throughout the country if he is elected president his no-mercy anti-criminality campaign in Davao City.
One of his Christmas messages was for criminals to take the straight part under his presidency if they would not like to be spending their last Christmas this year.
Morphing into another Duterte, Cayetano in a statement said:
“My advice to the criminals, the drug lords, and the corrupt is to include turning over a new leaf in their New Year’s resolutions. The moment we have Duterte as president, this will be the last happy Christmas you will celebrate.”
“Filipinos are tired of rampant crime and corruption in government. When it comes to these problems, these should not be forever. Real change is needed, and it is needed now,” he said.
Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte broke anew his promise to stop cursing, hurling his favorite cussword at the direction of Mar Roxas coupled with a warning he would go physical if the Liberal Party presidential candidate reacts with anger.
I will spank him if he gets angry, Duterte said in his speech at a Thanksgiving Dinner for businessmen hosted by the Taguig City government on Friday night held at a mall in Taguig City.
If we meet in some corner on the campaign trail, I will slap that idiot, said Duterte.
He punctuated his warning with the same cussword that he earlier dished in cursing the monstrous traffic jams in Manila during the visit of Pope Francis.
Roxas took center stage in Duterte’s speech in the home city of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, his vice president under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP), for his criticism of the Davao City Mayor this week.
Duterte opened himself to a barrage of verbal fire from rivals after earlier admitting his womanizing in a radio interview. He also raised a furor over his vow to replicate nationwide if elected President his iron-fist anti-crime policy that would include the revival of the death penalty.
Duterte has been accused by human rights groups as behind the shadowy anti-crime vigilante group Davao Death Squad said to be behind the summary executions of hundreds of criminals in Davao City.
At a forum in Ateneo de Manila, Roxas accused Duterte of human rights violations and twitted as a myth claims that Davao City is one of the most peaceful cities in the world.
In reaction and going tit-for-tat against Roxas, Duterte said he finds it strange that Roxas is accusing him of human rights violations.
When I was helping Roxas during the elections, I wasn’t called human rights violator. I am now that that we are facing each other in the upcoming elections, Duterte said.
Duterte and his local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod supported Roxas, then the running mate of victorious President Benigno Aquino under the Liberal Party, in the 2010 elections. Roxas lost to now Vice President Jejomar Binay in the race.
“Maybe he was right. I am trying to believe because the person talking is a political myth,” said Duterte in sarcasm in response to Roxas claim that the peace and order in Davao City is a myth.
Duterte’s blast at Roxas may no longer be necessary, the candidate of President Aquino being not a threat to his presidential bid.
In the latest survey for presidential preference of the Social Weather Station (SWS) covering MetroManila, Duterte landed at the top with 38 percent, with independent Senator Grace Poe, front runner in previous surveys, and Vice President Jejomar BInay of the opposition Nationalist Alliance (UNA), sharing the second spot with 21 %. Roxas,the consistent cellar dweller in past surveys, was at fourth with an emaciated 15%.
But Roxas’ recent criticism called for a response from the tough-talking Duterte.
Duterte’s cursing at Roxas is the latest violation of a promise he made before Catholic Church leaders in Davao that he would stop spewing out invectives and to pay a fine of P1,000 to a church relief agency every time he dishes out F-words.
Duterte earlier raised a howl after dishing out a “p….tang-ina,” (son-of-a-bitch), his favorite cussword, as he, during a television interview, cursed traffic jams during the visit of Pope Francis in January.
The public, particularly the Catholics, read his curse as directed at the Pope.
Duterte would appease public anger by explaining he was hitting the Aquino government, and not the Pope, with his curse, and by apologizing for his dirty language.
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