RED RIBBON (CAKES) APPEARS AT BLUE RIBBON PROBE   

From a parking building to cakes given as gifts to senior citizens, the Makati government is guilty of overpricing. This is according to lawyer Renato Bondal, who elicited jokes and laughter at the Senate Blue Ribbon committee yesterday as he brought out three cakes to bolster his accusations about the building overprice. The Binays have described Bondal as part of a political demolition team targeting Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is leading in surveys for the 2016 presidential race.

Bondal, who is accusing the Vice President and his son Junjun of corruption, pointed to the cakes as he explained the overpriced Makati City parking building 2. Bondal said the birthday cakes, given to senior citizens residing in Makati, could be overpriced by around P1,000 each. He presented two other cakes from Red Ribbon and Goldilocks bakeshops to compare the discrepancy in the price of the “Makati birthday cakes.” Prior to this, Senate acting minority leader Vicente Sotto III asked if the cakes have a connection with the Senate’s mandate to conduct inquiries in aid of legislation. “How is the cake related to legislation?” Sotto asked in jest. * READ MORE...

ALSO: VP Binay on Senate probe: "Nalulungkot ako, kitang kita naman ang political motive"  

Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Thursday admitted he is saddened by the ongoing Senate investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2. Speaking to reporters, Binay said he will leave it to the people to judge whether or not the ongoing investigation is politically motivated. He noted that at least one senator, referring to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, had already admitted that one reason for the investigation is because Binay is planning to run for President. "Nalulungkot ako...Kitang-kita naman ang political motive," he said. Binay, his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and other Makati officials are facing a plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2. During Wednesday's Senate hearing, Atty. Renato Bonda presented real property industry expert and appraiser Federico Cuervo who said the building should have cost over P700 million and not P2.7 billion. Bondal described Makati City as the "chop-chop capital of the Philippines," noting the local government splits contracts for one project to allegedly bloat the total price. * READ MORE...

ALSO: 'More surprising facts' on Makati parking building - Bondal 

TPHOTO: he alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building. Expect more revelations when the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee resumes its probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building next week, lawyer Renato Bondal said on Friday. "I have information that there will be a lot more surprising facts that will come out," Bondal said without elaborating in an interview with Mornings@ANC. Bondal filed a plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and several others over the alleged overpriced P2.7-billion Makati City Hall parking building. The lawyer, who was defeated by the younger Binay in the 2010 mayoral race, testified at the Senate hearing on Wednesday and backed up his claims that the controversial Makati building was overpriced.

He also alleged that other infrastructure projects of the Binays were overpriced such as the Makati City Hall, the Ospital of Makati 1 and the Makati Science High School building. Bondal said he will be attending the second Senate hearing on Tuesday along with new resource persons invited by the Blue Ribbon sub-committee, including Hilmarcs Construction Corp., the contractor of the Makati parking building. Documents related to the alleged overpriced buildings have been summoned by the Senate panel and the younger Binay promised to submit the files. "We're as anxious to see them," Bondal said. Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan said the Makati City Hall II parking building has not yet been cleared and that the agency is set to conduct a special audit of the project. - Louis Bacani THIS IS THE FULL PHILSTAR REPORT.

ALSO: Who is Renato Bondal?    

Attorney Renato Bondal has been the arch nemesis of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son and Makati Mayor Jun-Jun Binay. He has accused father and son of graft and corruption, the latest of which involves the allegedly overpriced carpark building in Makati. But who is Renato L. Bondal? Below are some known information dug up by INQUIRER.net: 1.He held and ran for various government positions in Makati City.
Attorney Renato L. Bondal was born in Palanan, Makati. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1990. Bondal served as Barangay Captain of Barangay Palanan for two terms from 1993 to 1998. He first ran for a seat at the city council in 1998. He ran and lost for councilor in Makati City’s first district in 2010 under the Nacionalista Party and for mayor in 2013 when he ran as an independent candidate against Jun-Jun Binay. 2. He was a former ally of Vice President Jejomar Binay and was a family friend.
According to an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM in 2013, Bondal said that during the time he ran for councilor in 1998, he accused then mayor and now Vice President Binay of starting a political dynasty. “Hindi pa nga pumuputok ang issue ng [political] dynasty noong 1998, sumisigaw na ako nung 1998 na ’heto na, simula na. Wala na itong katapusan!’ At hindi ako nagkamali. Ayan, dire-diretso na, dumami pa,” Bondal said. (Even if the issue of political dynasty is still not being discussed in 1998, I have been saying that political dynasty will begin in Makati and will not end. And I was right. It’s not only happening, but many [Binays] have risen to power.) 3. At present, Bondal is the convenor of anti-graft group United Makati Against Corruption. The United Makati Against Corruption (UMAC) which joined Facebook in July 12, primarily campaigned for transparency in the city administration. The UMAC Facebook page, however, also posted some pictures of alleged infringement on human rights committed by the Binay administration. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Makati carpark row ‘bigger’ than pork barrel scam, says Trillanes  

The alleged overprice Makati parking building is “bigger than the scandalous pork barrel scam,” Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Saturday. “This is bigger than the pork barrel scam,” Trillanes said during a media briefing in Quezon City, citing how the Binays allegedly pocketed P2 billion from the project. The senator was referring to the construction of a parking building Makati City that allegedly cost P2.3 billion. The 11-story building is the subject of a plunder case filed against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was Makati City Mayor when the construction of the building started in 2007. Plunder charges were filed by their political rivals Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso, who said the building should have cost only P700 million.

During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Federico Cuervo, a property appraiser from Cuervo Valuers & Advisory, said the average cost of a building in Makati City was P23, 000 per square meters based on 2007 prices but the controversial Makati parking building, cost P84, 000 per square meters. Cuervo said the building, which would have cost only around P700 million, was priced at P2.7 billion. “If there is truth in these allegations, then they (Binays) pocketed P2 billion in one project alone,” Trillanes said. He added that the construction of the building had no clearance from the Commission on Audit (COA) based on COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan’s statement. Politically motivated? * READ MORE...

ALSO: UNA to Trillanes: Apologize  

FOR HITTING ABSENT SENATORS IN BINAY PROBE For passing the buck on his peers for a smear job that went awry at a supposed Senate inquiry on allegations of irregularities against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is now demanding that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV apologize for his partisan tirades. UNA secretary general, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, yesterday called on Trillanes to apologize to his fellow senators for claiming the dismal attendance of his colleagues in his politically-motivated investigation of overpricing allegations was either out of reverence or fear of the Vice President.
“What is he saying, that his fellow senators are cowards? He is insulting his colleagues,” Tiangco said. Tiangco also reminded the senator, who figured in the failed Oakwood mutiny and the Peninsula siege, of Vice President Binay’s record as an activist and human rights lawyer during martial law and a defender of the Constitution and the administration of former President Cory Aquino against military adventurists.

“Who really is the war monger? Is it the Vice President or Senator Trillanes?” Tiangco asked. “His ‘Messianic complex’ is manifesting in what he said and also his grandstanding at the expense of his colleagues. What does he really wanted to show, his machismo in the Senate?” “Senator Trillanes should not blame the Vice President and his fellow senators if his Senate gimmick is poorly attended. He should also stop calling them names,” he said. “His fellow senators probably realize that for one, the national budget should be a priority over a politically-motivated probe based on mere allegations of political detractors of the Vice President and his family,” he added.

“Senator Trillanes should be reminded that the most important job as a legislator is to carefully study the National Budget. Those that he is trying to criticize are the ones doing their jobs,” he added. Tiangco disputed Trillanes’ claim that the first hearing on the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall Parking Building 2 strengthened the complaint against the Vice President. He said what the hearing showed was that the detractors of the Vice President used the Senate to malign the Binay family by resorting to name-calling and bringing out baseless, unsubstantiated, and false allegations.

The hearing also exposed the partiality of Trillanes and his colleague, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who acted as lawyers for the Binays’ detractors while bullying Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and officials and the technical employees of the Commission on Audit (CoA) who were ordered to investigate and submitted a report saying there was no overpricing in the project after an investigation ordered by CoA central office. “Since he did not like the replies of the technical officials who did the actual inspection and denied any overprice, he bullied them and tried to twist their arms in admitting an overprice. The technical team had the expertise to know what they were saying,” he added.*READ MORE...

ALSO: PH under Binay a return to martial law: Trillanes  

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said a Philippines led by someone like Jejomar Binay would create a ''martial law type of environment."  Trillanes said Vice President Binay has already created an ''atmosphere of fear'', judging by the absence of some senators and resource persons invited to yesterday's Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2. ''Probably most of them (senators) had prior engagements. Let's just say that Vice President Binay has already created this atmosphere of fear, even now when he is [just] a VP. How much more if he becomes a president? No one will stand up more,'' Trillanes told ANC Headstart.

The senator said some people and politicians have become careful not to go against the vice president because of the possibility that he will become the next Chief Executive. ''Everybody is now afraid of Binay because they don't want to get on his bad side. They know cases will be filed against them, or they will be harassed. They know what VP Binay is capable of doing. That's why they'd rather suck up to him now. Probably later on they will be on his good side,'' he said. ''That's a very, very fearful scenario. It is going to be a martial law-type of environment wherein you cannot say anything that will piss off the sitting president."  While he fears for a Binay-led Philippines, Trillanes said he does not fear for his future in politics should the vice president succeed in his bid to reach Malacañang. ''I've been through worse. I was a senator in jail. No [I am not afraid]. If I abandon my country right now, no one would be able to stand up against a Binay presidency,'' he said. *READ MORE...

ALSO:  Trillanes bares ‘awkwardness’ with Nancy Binay after carpark probe 

Nothing personal, so said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who admitted feeling the “awkwardness” now between him and Senator Nancy Binay. It was Trillanes, who initiated a Senate investigation into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II involving members of Binay’s family. Prior to the first hearing conducted by the Senate blue ribbon committee last Wednesday, Trillanes said he and Senator Binay were “very nice to each other.” “I find Sen. Nancy as one of the nicest senators around,” he said in a television interview Thursday, a transcript of which was released to the media this Friday. Though they still greet each other, Trillanes said, “You can feel the awkwardness in the air.” “But I feel, we’ll get over this. This is not personal to me,” he said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Junjun Binay hits Trillanes over Senate resolution to probe 'overpriced' Makati building   

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay on Wednesday dared Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to publicly apologize if the accusation of alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City hall’s new parking and office building is disproven in next week’s hearing of the Blue Ribbon Committee. Trillanes had earlier filed a Senate resolution seeking a Senate investigation into the said allegation. Mayor Binay said the Makati City government is prepared to defend its position that there was no overpricing. Binay also lashed at Trillanes for apparently “prejudging” the issue as he appealed that he and the other local Makati officials who will be attending the hearing be “treated decently.”

Binay said Trillanes is not interested in ferreting out the truth but in maligning the name of vice president Jejomar Binay who was also linked to the complaint of plunder filed before the Ombudsman by former Makati barangay officials Renato Bondal and Nicolas "Ching" Enciso VI. “Based on his statements, he has made up his mind and he intends to use the Senate hearing as a platform to malign the name of the vice president,” Binay said.

"When the facts all come out and when the allegations are proven false, we ask nothing in return but a public apology from the senator who authored the probe and from the committee for allowing itself to be used as a venue for character assassination and political demolition,” he added. Meanwhile, Mayor Binay also reacted to Trillanes’s statement that he will “present witnesses against the vice president.”  “May we remind the senator that this is not a trial. It is supposed to be a hearing in aid of legislation,” he said.

Binay also said that a Senate inquiry was also unnecessary as the allegation was already dismissed by the Commission on Audit (COA) that conducted a review in response to a request made by the complainants. “The allegations have already been discredited as baseless by an intensive review made by COA in response to a request made by the complainants. The Ombudsman has already asked the parties to comment. This means that the investigation process has started. A Senate inquiry would therefore be unnecessary,” Binay said. “The Commission on Audit has already cleared the project of overpricing allegations in an intensive audit in February. The findings underscore our position from the start that these allegations by our political opponents do not have factual and legal basis. They were made as part of an organized demolition scheme against my father, Vice President Jejomar Binay,” Binay added. * READ MORE...


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Red Ribbon appears at Blue Ribbon probe


Makati Mayor Junjun Binay takes his oath during yesterday’s Senate Blue Ribbon committee inquiry into allegations of an overpriced parking building in the city. Cakes were also presented (right) by Binay’s accuser to illustrate allegedly anomalous transactions involving expensive birthday gifts to senior citizens in Makati. MANNY MARCELO

MANILA, AUGUST 25, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Christina Mendez- From a parking building to cakes given as gifts to senior citizens, the Makati government is guilty of overpricing.

This is according to lawyer Renato Bondal, who elicited jokes and laughter at the Senate Blue Ribbon committee yesterday as he brought out three cakes to bolster his accusations about the building overprice.

The Binays have described Bondal as part of a political demolition team targeting Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is leading in surveys for the 2016 presidential race.

Bondal, who is accusing the Vice President and his son Junjun of corruption, pointed to the cakes as he explained the overpriced Makati City parking building 2.

Bondal said the birthday cakes, given to senior citizens residing in Makati, could be overpriced by around P1,000 each.

He presented two other cakes from Red Ribbon and Goldilocks bakeshops to compare the discrepancy in the price of the “Makati birthday cakes.”

Prior to this, Senate acting minority leader Vicente Sotto III asked if the cakes have a connection with the Senate’s mandate to conduct inquiries in aid of legislation.

“How is the cake related to legislation?” Sotto asked in jest.

* The issue provided comic relief during the Senate hearing, which was characterized by name-calling and accusations of corruption.

But Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV took the jab seriously, saying that Bondal was trying to prove a point that there had been many instances of overpricing, ranging from cakes to government buildings.

Trillanes said the Senate can look again at the provisions of the procurement law after hearing of the alleged anomaly of the cakes.

He also tasked the Commission on Audit to look into all details regarding the distribution of birthday cakes to senior citizens in Makati City.

Mayor Binay said he is ready to present documents proving that there is no overprice in the purchase of birthday cakes.

FROM ABS-CBN

Binay on Senate probe: Nalulungkot ako ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/21/2014 10:46 AM | Updated as of 08/21/2014 10:46 AM


BINAY AND BINAY JR.

MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Thursday admitted he is saddened by the ongoing Senate investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

Speaking to reporters, Binay said he will leave it to the people to judge whether or not the ongoing investigation is politically motivated.

He noted that at least one senator, referring to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, had already admitted that one reason for the investigation is because Binay is planning to run for President.

"Nalulungkot ako...Kitang-kita naman ang political motive," he said.

Binay, his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and other Makati officials are facing a plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

During Wednesday's Senate hearing, Atty. Renato Bonda presented real property industry expert and appraiser Federico Cuervo who said the building should have cost over P700 million and not P2.7 billion.

Bondal described Makati City as the "chop-chop capital of the Philippines," noting the local government splits contracts for one project to allegedly bloat the total price.

* He alleged the local government led by the Binays operates a “modus operandi” whereby projects are divided into phases and bid out separately.

He said the same scheme was implemented for the Makati City Hall Building, which had a price of P7 billion; the Ospital ng Makati, which supposedly costs P2 billion for phase 1; and the Makati Science High School.

Not content, Bondal also pointed out that cakes being distributed by Makati City Hall to the city's senior citizens during birthdays and golden wedding anniversaries are overpriced.

He said the Binay cake costs more than P1,000 each, way more expensive than the similarly sized cakes being offered by two popular Filipino bakeshops which are priced at P570 and P390.

FROM PHILSTAR

'More surprising facts' on Makati parking building - Bondal (philstar.com) | Updated August 22, 2014 - 10:51am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building. Photo obtained from makati.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines - Expect more revelations when the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee resumes its probe on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building next week, lawyer Renato Bondal said on Friday.

"I have information that there will be a lot more surprising facts that will come out," Bondal said without elaborating in an interview with Mornings@ANC.

Bondal filed a plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and several others over the alleged overpriced P2.7-billion Makati City Hall parking building.

The lawyer, who was defeated by the younger Binay in the 2010 mayoral race, testified at the Senate hearing on Wednesday and backed up his claims that the controversial Makati building was overpriced.

He also alleged that other infrastructure projects of the Binays were overpriced such as the Makati City Hall, the Ospital of Makati 1 and the Makati Science High School building.

Bondal said he will be attending the second Senate hearing on Tuesday along with new resource persons invited by the Blue Ribbon sub-committee, including Hilmarcs Construction Corp., the contractor of the Makati parking building.

Documents related to the alleged overpriced buildings have been summoned by the Senate panel and the younger Binay promised to submit the files.

"We're as anxious to see them," Bondal said.

Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan said the Makati City Hall II parking building has not yet been cleared and that the agency is set to conduct a special audit of the project. - Louis Bacani

FROM THE INQUIRER

Who is Renato Bondal?    By Aries Joseph Hegina |INQUIRER.net1:09 pm | Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Renato Bondal. Screengrab from Youtube.com

MANILA, Philippines — Attorney Renato Bondal has been the arch nemesis of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son and Makati Mayor Jun-Jun Binay. He has accused father and son of graft and corruption, the latest of which involves the allegedly overpriced carpark building in Makati.

But who is Renato L. Bondal?

Below are some known information dug up by INQUIRER.net:

1.He held and ran for various government positions in Makati City.
Attorney Renato L. Bondal was born in Palanan, Makati. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1990. Bondal served as Barangay Captain of Barangay Palanan for two terms from 1993 to 1998. He first ran for a seat at the city council in 1998.
He ran and lost for councilor in Makati City’s first district in 2010 under the Nacionalista Party and for mayor in 2013 when he ran as an independent candidate against Jun-Jun Binay.

2. He was a former ally of Vice President Jejomar Binay and was a family friend.

According to an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM in 2013, Bondal said that during the time he ran for councilor in 1998, he accused then mayor and now Vice President Binay of starting a political dynasty.
“Hindi pa nga pumuputok ang issue ng [political] dynasty noong 1998, sumisigaw na ako nung 1998 na ’heto na, simula na. Wala na itong katapusan!’ At hindi ako nagkamali. Ayan, dire-diretso na, dumami pa,” Bondal said.
(Even if the issue of political dynasty is still not being discussed in 1998, I have been saying that political dynasty will begin in Makati and will not end. And I was right. It’s not only happening, but many [Binays] have risen to power.)
3. At present, Bondal is the convenor of anti-graft group United Makati Against Corruption.

The United Makati Against Corruption (UMAC) which joined Facebook in July 12, primarily campaigned for transparency in the city administration. The UMAC Facebook page, however, also posted some pictures of alleged infringement on human rights committed by the Binay administration.

Makati carpark row ‘bigger’ than pork barrel scam, says Trillanes By Nestor Corrales |INQUIRER.net4:31 pm | Saturday, August 23rd, 2014


PHOTO: Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines – The alleged overprice Makati parking building is “bigger than the scandalous pork barrel scam,” Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Saturday.

“This is bigger than the pork barrel scam,” Trillanes said during a media briefing in Quezon City, citing how the Binays allegedly pocketed P2 billion from the project.

The senator was referring to the construction of a parking building Makati City that allegedly cost P2.3 billion.

The 11-story building is the subject of a plunder case filed against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was Makati City Mayor when the construction of the building started in 2007.

Plunder charges were filed by their political rivals Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso, who said the building should have cost only P700 million.

During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Federico Cuervo, a property appraiser from Cuervo Valuers & Advisory, said the average cost of a building in Makati City was P23, 000 per square meters based on 2007 prices but the controversial Makati parking building, cost P84, 000 per square meters.

Cuervo said the building, which would have cost only around P700 million, was priced at P2.7 billion.

“If there is truth in these allegations, then they (Binays) pocketed P2 billion in one project alone,” Trillanes said.

He added that the construction of the building had no clearance from the Commission on Audit (COA) based on COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan’s statement.

Politically motivated?

* Trillanes dismissed allegations that the Senate investigation was politically motivated.

“I will let the evidence respond to that. If there will be no evidence, then the public can say that it’s politically motivated,” he said.

“The bidding was railroaded,” he added, citing the quick award of contracts to the bidder.

According to him, the ongoing investigation was just “part of the legislative and oversight function of the senate.”

“They (Binays) are doing anything except to address the issue,” he added.

He said he would also look into the construction of the Ospital ng Makati, Makati City Science High School and the Makati City Hall to see the “patter and propensity of corruption” in Makati.

This came after Bondal also alleged during a hearing that other Makati buildings were likely overpriced.

No to Binay in 2016

“Under a Binay presidency, things could be worse,” the senator said.

“If they can do that to a cake, they can do that to anything,” he added, referring to the overpriced cakes in Makati given to senior citizens, which was revealed during a Senate hearing.

According to Trillanes, Binay will not be endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III, citing an insider’s information given to him.

Earlier this August, reports surfaced that Aquino would endorse Binay in the 2016 presidential elections.

Aquino, however, remained silent on who he would endorse in 2016.

FROM THE TRIBUNE

UNA to Trillanes: Apologize Written by Charlie V. Manalo Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

FOR HITTING ABSENT SENATORS IN BINAY PROBE



For passing the buck on his peers for a smear job that went awry at a supposed Senate inquiry on allegations of irregularities against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is now demanding that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV apologize for his partisan tirades.

UNA secretary general, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, yesterday called on Trillanes to apologize to his fellow senators for claiming the dismal attendance of his colleagues in his politically-motivated investigation of overpricing allegations was either out of reverence or fear of the Vice President.

“What is he saying, that his fellow senators are cowards? He is insulting his colleagues,” Tiangco said.

Tiangco also reminded the senator, who figured in the failed Oakwood mutiny and the Peninsula siege, of Vice President Binay’s record as an activist and human rights lawyer during martial law and a defender of the Constitution and the administration of former President Cory Aquino against military adventurists.

“Who really is the war monger? Is it the Vice President or Senator Trillanes?” Tiangco asked.

“His ‘Messianic complex’ is manifesting in what he said and also his grandstanding at the expense of his colleagues. What does he really wanted to show, his machismo in the Senate?”

“Senator Trillanes should not blame the Vice President and his fellow senators if his Senate gimmick is poorly attended.

He should also stop calling them names,” he said.

“His fellow senators probably realize that for one, the national budget should be a priority over a politically-motivated probe based on mere allegations of political detractors of the Vice President and his family,” he added.

“Senator Trillanes should be reminded that the most important job as a legislator is to carefully study the National Budget. Those that he is trying to criticize are the ones doing their jobs,” he added.

Tiangco disputed Trillanes’ claim that the first hearing on the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall Parking Building 2 strengthened the complaint against the Vice President.

He said what the hearing showed was that the detractors of the Vice President used the Senate to malign the Binay family by resorting to name-calling and bringing out baseless, unsubstantiated, and false allegations.

The hearing also exposed the partiality of Trillanes and his colleague, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who acted as lawyers for the Binays’ detractors while bullying Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and officials and the technical employees of the Commission on Audit (CoA) who were ordered to investigate and submitted a report saying there was no overpricing in the project after an investigation ordered by CoA central office.

“Since he did not like the replies of the technical officials who did the actual inspection and denied any overprice, he bullied them and tried to twist their arms in admitting an overprice. The technical team had the expertise to know what they were saying,” he added.

* Tiangco cited the claim of overpriced birthday cakes for senior citizens. Renato Bondal tried to inject drama into the hearing by bringing out several cakes and claiming the Makati cake was priced at P1,000. But the city government debunked this allegation and showed to media purchase orders showing that the cakes were bought at P306 each.

“Didn’t these people take an oath to tell the truth during the hearing? But I don’t think Trillanes and Cayetano will sanction them because these senators are obviously their coaches and lawyers,” he said.

He said Trillanes even told the Makati auditor included by Bondal in his Ombudsman complaint that he will tell Bondal’s group to drop her from the complaint.

“How can he be impartial if he can tell Bondal who to include or not in the case he filed. It just shows that he is part of the charade in the filing of the case against the Binays,” he said.

Trillanes had expressed disappointment at the absence of his colleagues during last week’s hearing at the Senate. He claimed the other senators were absent out of reverence or fear of the Vice President.

Trillanes said he senses his colleagues were not cooperating with him.

Trillanes expressed his disappointment with the turn-out of his colleagues during Wednesday’s proceedings at the Senate, refusing to admit that Binay’s accusers had no credibility, and worse, the general public was hardly interested in such a probe again demonizing the opposition leaders.

It will be recalled that the Senate, as well as its president, Sen. Franklin Drilon, obtained very low ratings in surveys, after the Senate blue ribbon panel conducted the pork barrel scandal and framed the three opposition senators for plunder, even when there was no evidence proving that the three opposition senators had received kickbacks from their Special Release Allotment Orders (SAROs). The administration senators even had on their side, the disgraceful Co chairman, Grace Pulido-Tan.

Not bothered by the fact that the Filipino public is tired of these political Senate probes that are demolition jobs, in aid of elections, oontinued to blame the VP, and conjured up a scenario of Binay as a very dangerous president, as he succeeds in instilling fear on the senators.

Trillanes claimed that his colleagues absented themselves either out of “reverence” to the Vice President who continues to have good showing in popularity ratings or their fear of not getting on the VP’s bad side.

Trillanes said he couldn’t help but get that feeling, seeing that there was no cooperation from his peers.

“I felt that with the other senators who weren’t there,” this sense came over me,” he said in a television interview.

“Everyone should attend particularly this issue. They should be very very concerned,” the senator said, making it appear that the probe is of national importance, and had nothing to do with the demolition job they had been tasked to do on Binay.

“To be fair to the other senators, most of them probably had prior engagements. But let’s just say that Vice President Binay had already created this atmosphere of fear and it’s very, very dangerous. “Even now, as Vice President he was able to create that, how much more if this guy becomes president? Nobody would stand-up (to him) anymore,” Trillanes stressed.

Trillanes insisted that the matter of filing his resolution No. 826 on the said matter, prompted by the filing of a plunder complaint by a former party mate in the Nacionalista Party (NP) against Binay and son, incumbent Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay, was not something personal to him.

“If I do that (file an impeachment case against the Vice President), that’s going to be politicking. What we are doing is part of our function as senators. It is possible that this is not being appreciated yet by others. But what do they expect us to do? So, I throw the question to the public, what do they expect us to do as senators?”

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PH under Binay a return to martial law: Trillanes By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/21/2014 1:14 PM | Updated as of 08/21/2014 5:04 PM


UNA OF TRILLANES: “His ‘Messianic complex’ is manifesting in what he said and also his grandstanding at the expense of his colleagues. What does he really wanted to show, his machismo in the Senate?”

MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said a Philippines led by someone like Jejomar Binay would create a ''martial law type of environment."

Trillanes said Vice President Binay has already created an ''atmosphere of fear'', judging by the absence of some senators and resource persons invited to yesterday's Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

''Probably most of them (senators) had prior engagements. Let's just say that Vice President Binay has already created this atmosphere of fear, even now when he is [just] a VP. How much more if he becomes a president? No one will stand up more,'' Trillanes told ANC Headstart.

The senator said some people and politicians have become careful not to go against the vice president because of the possibility that he will become the next Chief Executive.

''Everybody is now afraid of Binay because they don't want to get on his bad side. They know cases will be filed against them, or they will be harassed. They know what VP Binay is capable of doing. That's why they'd rather suck up to him now. Probably later on they will be on his good side,'' he said.

''That's a very, very fearful scenario. It is going to be a martial law-type of environment wherein you cannot say anything that will piss off the sitting president."

While he fears for a Binay-led Philippines, Trillanes said he does not fear for his future in politics should the vice president succeed in his bid to reach Malacañang.

''I've been through worse. I was a senator in jail. No [I am not afraid]. If I abandon my country right now, no one would be able to stand up against a Binay presidency,'' he said.

* Binay, who has long declared his intention to run for president, is currently the top choice in surveys to become the successor of President Benigno Aquino III.

Binay's allies believe the vice president's lead in the surveys has sent his political opponents scrambling to ruin his image.

The vice president, his son Makati mayor Junjun Binay, and several Makati officials are facing a plunder complaint for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

The Makati City government allocated P2.7 billion for the construction of the building, but the complainants in the plunder case estimate that the building should only cost about P700 million.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said he is not out to demolish the reputation of the Binays. He also denied being an attack dog of President Aquino and his allies, saying he had expressed opposition in some of the administration's programs such as the K-12 program and the Reproductive Health Law.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Trillanes bares ‘awkwardness’ with Nancy Binay after carpark probe By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net7:37 pm | Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Nancy Binay. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines — Nothing personal, so said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who admitted feeling the “awkwardness” now between him and Senator Nancy Binay.
It was Trillanes, who initiated a Senate investigation into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II involving members of Binay’s family.
Prior to the first hearing conducted by the Senate blue ribbon committee last Wednesday, Trillanes said he and Senator Binay were “very nice to each other.”
“I find Sen. Nancy as one of the nicest senators around,” he said in a television interview Thursday, a transcript of which was released to the media this Friday.
Though they still greet each other, Trillanes said, “You can feel the awkwardness in the air.”
“But I feel, we’ll get over this. This is not personal to me,” he said.

FROM PHILSTAR

Junjun Binay hits Trillanes over Senate resolution to probe 'overpriced' Makati building By Mike Frialde (philstar.com) | Updated August 13, 2014 - 5:21pm 0 532 googleplus0 0


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MANILA, Philippines - Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay on Wednesday dared Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to publicly apologize if the accusation of alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City hall’s new parking and office building is disproven in next week’s hearing of the Blue Ribbon Committee.

Trillanes had earlier filed a Senate resolution seeking a Senate investigation into the said allegation. Mayor Binay said the Makati City government is prepared to defend its position that there was no overpricing.

Binay also lashed at Trillanes for apparently “prejudging” the issue as he appealed that he and the other local Makati officials who will be attending the hearing be “treated decently.”

Binay said Trillanes is not interested in ferreting out the truth but in maligning the name of vice president Jejomar Binay who was also linked to the complaint of plunder filed before the Ombudsman by former Makati barangay officials Renato Bondal and Nicolas "Ching" Enciso VI.

“Based on his statements, he has made up his mind and he intends to use the Senate hearing as a platform to malign the name of the vice president,” Binay said.

"When the facts all come out and when the allegations are proven false, we ask nothing in return but a public apology from the senator who authored the probe and from the committee for allowing itself to be used as a venue for character assassination and political demolition,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Binay also reacted to Trillanes’s statement that he will “present witnesses against the vice president.”

“May we remind the senator that this is not a trial. It is supposed to be a hearing in aid of legislation,” he said.

Binay also said that a Senate inquiry was also unnecessary as the allegation was already dismissed by the Commission on Audit (COA) that conducted a review in response to a request made by the complainants.

“The allegations have already been discredited as baseless by an intensive review made by COA in response to a request made by the complainants. The Ombudsman has already asked the parties to comment. This means that the investigation process has started. A Senate inquiry would therefore be unnecessary,” Binay said.

“The Commission on Audit has already cleared the project of overpricing allegations in an intensive audit in February. The findings underscore our position from the start that these allegations by our political opponents do not have factual and legal basis. They were made as part of an organized demolition scheme against my father, Vice President Jejomar Binay,” Binay added.

* Binay again clarified that the disputed building is not a specific parking building but an office building with parking floors. Thus, the description “Makati City Hall Parking Building” supposedly given by the contractor, as mentioned in the resolution filed by Trillanes, was a “misnomer” and should not be taken literally.

Earlier, Mayor Binay cited a six-page memorandum report of the Commission on Audit (COA) that cleared the Makati city government of overpricing allegations as early as February of this year.

The audit report was in response to a letter written by Bondal dated January 10 2014 asking the COA Makati auditor to explain the alleged discrepancy between the project cost and data from the National Statistics Office. Copies of the letter were sent to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and COA chair Grace Pulido-Tan who referred the letter to COA-National Capital Region.

In particular, the COA report said there was no basis for the claim of discrepancy between the project cost and statistics from the NSO cited by Bondal.

The report also said COA technical audit specialists found the contract price "reasonable” and that, after checking previous audit reports from 2008 to 2010, found that these “did not disclose any adverse finding" on the said project.


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