The Binays particularly former Vice President Jejomar Binay are noted as human rights defenders and public service enthusiasts. This is despite their name being ruined by the Liberal Party’s demolition job. It may be successful because many still think they are corrupt. However, they do not tolerate such doings if used again. Even to their political enemies.
A Replay of the Demolition Job
Binay’s spokesperson describes the explosive testimony as “A replay of the demolition telenovela” by the Liberal Party against the former Vice President. He is pertaining to the Senate hearing of a confessed hit man on President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged links to the Davao Death Squad (DDS).
Liberal Party Playbook
“Thursday’s hearing (was) a page from the Liberal Party playbook.” Binay spokesperson Joey Salgado says in a statement. He also adds that the Senate investigation was conducted “in aid of demolition, not legislation. The hearings can be seen entertaining every rumor, half-truth, and hearsay. Worst, they are on live broadcast. Also published in every media. Every accusation accepted and presented as truth by senators are complemented with dramatic pauses and gestures.
The President is the Target
Said Salgado: “Once again, a political personality is declared guilty even before starting the hearings. This time the target os no less than the President himself.”
“Once again, senators are lawyering for a witness. The public is treated to a barrage of shocking but unsubstantiated statements. They are on live radio and television;” Salgado adds. Clearly a violation of basic human rights.
Confessed DDS hit-man Edgar Matobato claims during the Senate hearing of the committee on justice and human rights. That Mr. Duterte masterminds death squad killings. This allegedly happened when he was still mayor of Davao City. He says that the president ordered him and other members of the death squad to kill criminals. Opponents were slain in gangland-style assaults. That left about 1,000 people dead. The Basic human rights of the fatalities were violated as per hearings.
Salgado says that the nationally televised hearing was reminiscent of the Senate investigations of the Binay family. That highlights alleged hidden wealth as well as corruption. These were during Binay’s term as mayor of Makati City.
The Office of the Ombudsman later files charges of graft, falsification of documents and violation of the Government Procurement Act against the former Vice President. They are in connection with the overpriced parking building constructed when he was mayor of Makati.
Younger Binay dismissed as Mayor
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also ordered the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. This is pertaining to the controversial parking building and barred him from serving in any government position.
Ready to Defend others so as not to suffer the same Fate
“No family should go through the harrowing experience of the Binay family at the hands of Senate inquisitors. But no less than President Duterte and his family have been pilloried on live television by senators. They are showing off patented political motives. And this looks like just a warm-up,” Salgado says of the Senate hearing led by former Justice Secretary. Sen. Leila de Lima, a Liberal Party member is now a senator.
Salgado reiterated Binay’s position that the Senate “does not have the competence or the authority to determine criminal liability. Only the courts can determine guilt or innocence. Not the Senate, and especially not senators with political motives.” Allowing this to go on is being negligent to basic human rights laws.
Binay’s spokesperson also says he was amused by the unintentionally comic interaction at the hearing between Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano. They were allies during the Senate hearings on the Binays’ hidden wealth.
“Cayetano’s conversion into a born-again advocate of due process and the rule of law is hilarious. Considering that he lawyered for the accusers of VP Binay during the blue ribbon subcommittee hearings,” Salgado says.
He, however, gave credit to Trillanes for his consistency. “At least, Trillanes was true to form as the session hall bully. This time intimidating his erstwhile BFF. These two deserve each other,” Salgado adds.
Earlier, Senator Nancy Binay also criticises the senate hearings against Senator Leila de Lima. Her basic human rights are clearly violated. She voted to oust her as Chair of Committee on justice to stop the unfair hearings. But it continues with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano’s maneuvering.