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Binay camp cries harassment, dares LP to face VP fair and square in 2016


The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday cried political harassment following the order of the Senate to arrest 17 individuals who had refused to testify in the long-running Blue Ribbon subcommittee inquiry into allegations of graft against him.

Binay's spokesman Atty. Rico Quicho called on the ruling Liberal Party to face the Vice President fairly and squarely in the electoral arena.  

“Lumaban at harapin ang ating Bise Presidente gamit ang kanilang talino at tapang at hindi yung nagtatago sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno na nasisira ang integridad dahil sa kanilang pansariling interes. Hindi po kayo aatrasan ng ating Pangalawang Pangulo,” Quicho said.

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday signed the order for the arrest of 17 persons who repeatedly  refused to attend hearings on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II and other allegations of corruption against the Vice President when he was still the city mayor.

“The Senate contempt charge, plus the leaked report by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), is nothing but political harassment designed to bring the Vice President down to his knees,” said Binay's spokesman Atty. Rico Quicho in a press statement.

Quicho said, "the political oligarchs in this country are trying everything, including using and ruining government institutions, to perpetuate its rule beyond 2016."

“The Liberal Party is obviously destroying its most formidable rival in the 2016 election. With its mediocre bets and lackluster performance record, they see no other recourse but to resort to demolition and wanton manipulation of state agencies for its narrow interest,” he said.

He added that the latest to join the fray were the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that the agencies would run help in going after the individuals subject of the Senate arrest order.

“Hindi naman itinago ni Secretary Leila de Lima ang kanyang ambisyon na tumakbo sa susunod na halalan," Quicho said.

"Kaya hindi nakapagtataka na isa namang pagkatataon ang hindi niya pinalampas para muling humarap sa kamera at sabihin sa buong mundo na aarestuhin nila ang labing-apat na indibidwal na inuugnay kay Vice President Binay,” he added.

“Nakakalungkot isipin na ang mga lehitimong mangangalakal at mga ordinaryong empleyado at manggawa ng pamahalaan na wala naman kinalaman sa pulitika ay malisyosong madadawit sa isyung pilit na isinasangkot ang Bise Presidente,” Quicho said.

Quicho said it was a shame that the administration had brazenly ignored the rule of law. He added that private individuals had been insulted and had their rights trampled in full view of millions of our people due to the nationally televised hearings.

“Ang tanging kanilang naging kasalanan ay nakilala nila nila ang ating Pangalawang Pangulo.  Krimen na palang maituturing ito,” he said. -NB, GMA News