HEADLINE NEWS FROM OCT 6 TO 7...

BINAY CAMP BELIEVES 'AERIAL SURVEY DONE ON FARM FORMERLY OWNED BY BINAYS'     

OCT 7 ---The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay believes that an aerial survey was done on a piggery and flower farm in Batangas formerly owned by his family. Employees of JCB Farms in Rosario town claimed that a helicopter was seen hovering around the property last week, Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said yesterday. “The helicopter flew around the property for about 20 minutes. According to the employees, this was the first time that such an incident happened,” Salgado said in a statement. He said the Vice President started his piggery business in Rosario town through a sole proprietorship under the name JCB Farms in 1994. He explained that JCB Farms was a mere tenant of a nine-hectare property in Batangas and not 200 hectares as earlier reported. The piggery business was duly registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue office in the province.

Salgado clarified that Binay sold the property after the 2010 elections. Binay’s camp said they will not be surprised if in the coming days, a video footage or photos of the property will be circulated in media and even presented in the Senate hearing alleging that the Vice President is the owner of the property. “We are sorry to disappoint our detractors. Allow us to reiterate what the lawyers of the Vice President told media in their presentation on the SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth) of the Vice President and his spouse, former mayor Elenita Binay,” Salgado said. “The leasehold improvements introduced by JCB Farms are duly reported in its annual audited financial statements and in the tax declarations duly filed with the appropriate local government unit,” he added.

A flower shop business owned by Mrs. Binay – Blooms and Bouquet – has been sourcing its flower requirements from a farm in Rosario town. Salgado said Binay earned an additional income of P44,350,921.88 from 1994 to 2010 from JBC Farms. He paid taxes amounting to P15,889,581.83 during the period. After the 2010 elections, the Vice President disposed of his business interests for a profit in JCB Farms as well as his investments in shares of stocks. He initially invested P400,000 in stocks in 1994, Salgado added. At the same time, Salgado said the Vice President is not an owner of the Manila Polo Club. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay suffers big drop in ratings; still highest scores among 5 top national leaders 

OCT 7 --Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered a huge decline in his performance and trust ratings amid the corruption allegations hurled against him, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. Results of the survey released on Tuesday showed that Binay's approval rating dropped from 81 percent in June to 66 percent in September. His trust rating also fell from 79 percent to 64 percent. The decline in Binay's performance and trust ratings occurred in Metro Manila (16 and 14 percentage points, respectively) and the rest of Luzon (-16 and -14 percentage points, respectively). Binay's approval score in Class ABC and trust score in Mindanao also decreased (-19 and -14 percentage points, respectively).

Meanwhile, indecision on Binay's performance and trustworthiness became more manifest not only at the national level (both at +8 percentage points) but also in Class D (both at +11 percentage points). The indecision also went up in the Visayas (+13 percentage points). Despite his ratings drop, Binay still enjoys the highest scores among the top five national leaders: President Benigno Aquino (approval rating of 55 percent and trust rating of 54 percent), Senate President Franklin Drilon (39 percent and 37 percent), House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte (30 percent and 27 percent) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (33 percent and 30 percent).

Pulse Asia said only Binay succeeded in scoring majority approval and trust ratings in every geographic area (55 percent to 75 percent and 53 percent to 70 percent, respectively) and socio-economic groupings (54 percent to 71 percent and 52 percent to 70 percent, respectively). In the case of the President, he posted majority approval and trust ratings in the Visayas (65 percent and 61 percent, respectively), Mindanao (68 percent and 65 percent, respectively), Class D (54 percent and 52 percent, respectively), and Class E (both at 61 percent). * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Binay camp: Only presidential survey score important to us 

OCT 7 --PHOTO: The latest Pulse Asia presidential survey. MANILA, Philippines - For
the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, his performance and trust ratings are less important than his score in presidential surveys. Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay's spokesman, downplayed on Tuesday the 15-percentage point decline in the performance and trust ratings of the Vice President in the latest Pulse Asia poll. "It doesn't really bother us. Again, what are important to us are the preferential ratings for who will they vote for in 2016," Remulla said in a phone-patch interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"The approval ratings are a point of interest but the preferential ratings are what really concern us," he added. Remulla claimed that they have their own survey, which shows that Binay enjoys a "tremendous lead over any challenger" in the 2016 presidential race. According to the poll results, Remulla said Binay garnered 60 percent of the votes while Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas came in a far second with 27 percent. In the Pulse Asia presidential survey released last week, Binay still emerged as the voters' top choice for the presidency even if his score dipped from 41 percent to 31 percent. Roxas, meanwhile, saw his rating rise from seven percent to 13 percent. Binay's ratings drop came after he was accused of pocketing public funds through various projects in Makati City including the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall II parking building. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Trillanes, witness concocting tales — Binay 

OCT 7 ---Lies and more lies. This was the reaction of the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay as it accused Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and his witnesses in the ongoing Senate probe of manufacturing stories in their effort to pin down the Vice President and his family.
But no matter the many fabricated stories being told and retold in the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee chaired by Sen. Koko Pimentel and attended only by two senators, one of whom is Trillanes while the other is Sen. Alan Cayetano, five other buildings of the Makati City government, structural projects undertaken by the Binays, which were not specifically mentioned in the filed resolution in the Senate, are being eyed to be among the subject of investigation in the upper chamber.

Trillanes bared this yesterday saying that there’s no barring them from from proceeding with the scheduled continuation of the hearings being conducted by the blue ribbon sub-committee as he expressed confidence that their position, in pursuing the probe on alleged corruption of Binays, will be affirmed by the overall chairman, Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona.In a statement issued yesterday to the media, Joey Salgado, spokesman for Binay said Trillanes and his witness, lawyer Renato Bondal, were obviously manufacturing stories against the Binays when they accused the vice president of owning shares with the Manila Polo Club (MPC). Also, there was a charge from the Binay camp that a helicopter had been hovering over the flower farm and piggery farm leased by the Binays but no is no longer operated by them, said to be spying on the Binay piggery. “Vice President Binay has never been a Proprietary Member of the Manila Polo Club. He has not received dividends from shares of stocks in the club,” Salgado stressed. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay pays Pacquiao visit; sparks running mate talk  

OCT 7 --Earlier Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) announced that boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao would be included in his senatorial slate in 2016. Now, Pacquiao may be the presidential aspirant’s potential running mate. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS. MANILA, Philippines–From opposition senatorial bet to the 2016 presidential frontrunner’s running mate. Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay announced that boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao would be included in his senatorial slate in 2016. Now, he may be the presidential aspirant’s potential running mate.

The Vice President flew to General Santos City on Monday to oversee housing projects in the boxing champ’s hometown when the question about a possible Binay-Pacquiao tandem in 2016 surfaced. Pacquiao, who met Binay at the airport, was asked by reporters: Is he supporting Binay despite the latter being implicated in corruption allegations? “Being a congressman—a representative of Sarangani province—it’s my duty to welcome the second top official of the Philippines to our place. It’s an honor for us that he did not only visit us but also gave us a housing project here,” Pacquaio said in an interview at the airport, a transcript of which was released to the media in Manila.
In a radio interview in General Santos City, Pacquiao was asked what he thought Binay could do for the province in the event he became president in 2016. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Why is chopper flying over ‘Binay’s farm’?  

OCT 7 --PHOTO: Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC. –The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said that he had divested himself since 2010 of his interest in a piggery farm on a leased property in Rosario, Batangas, in anticipation that his detractors may claim otherwise. Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman and head of his media office, made the clarification after employees of JCB Farms, a piggery and flower farm, reported that a helicopter flew around the property on Thursday for about 20 minutes, the first time it ever happened. “We will not be surprised that if in the coming days, video footage or photos of the property will be circulated in media and perhaps even presented in the Senate subcommittee hearing alleging that Vice President Binay is the owner of the said property,” Salgado said in a statement.

“We are sorry to disappoint our detractors,” he added. The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee has been conducting an investigation into the allegedly overpriced P2.3-billion Makati City Hall Building II. The controversial parking building was built when Binay was still the city mayor. The inquiry has become a venue for former city officials under Binay to accuse him of rigging contracts of city infrastructure projects and benefiting from kickbacks, allegations that the Vice President has denied. In his statement, Salgado said Binay’s lawyers presented to the media last month documents showing the income and businesses of Binay and his wife, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, through their joint statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and the corresponding taxes he paid in his 28-year public service starting as mayor of Makati. Binay allowed the release of his SALN after he said he was willing to undergo a lifestyle check amid speculations that he had amassed massive wealth during his stint as mayor. * READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Senate probe has chilling effect on innocent parties'  - BINAYS

OCT 6 --The camp of embattled Vice President Jejomar Binay warns that the Senate Blue Ribbon
sub-committee investigation on the Makati City Hall II parking building has a "chilling effect" on
anyone who could provoke the ire of senators. In an e-mail sent to STAR columnist Jose C. Sison, lawyers Martin Subido and Princess Turgano reiterated Binay's position that the Senate probe is not in aid of legislation but one that is designed to malign his name and character. "Using the revered halls of the Senate for 'trial by publicity' is not only a great disrespect to the institution but also serves as a 'chilling effect' against innocent parties who may incur the ire of its members as it can be used as a forum to malign, castigate, insult and/or humiliate them," the lawyers said.

They also reiterated that the allegations made against Binay during the Senate hearings are self-serving and inadmissible as hearsay evidence before the courts. "But we all know that a person’s guilt or innocence is not established before the Senate – it is a matter for the Courts to decide," the lawyers added. Binay and his son, Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay are facing graft and plunder charges before the Ombudsman for allegedly amassing kickbacks from the supposedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall II parking building. The two Binays have refused to attend the Senate hearings wherein former Makati officials and his allies accused the Vice President and his family of benefiting from all projects in the city and of rigging public biddings. Related: COA report: Medical equipment in Makati overpriced by P61M--- The Vice President has been challenged to face his accusers and cross-examine them, provided that senators will also be allowed to interrogate him. The younger Binay, meanwhile, earlier filed a jurisdictional challenge before the Blue Ribbon Committee challenging the jurisdiction of the sub-committee to continue with the current inquiry. * READ MORE...


READ FULL REPORT HERE:

Binay camp believes ‘Aerial survey done on Batangas farm formerly owned by Binays’



MANILA, OCTOBER 13, 2014
(PHILSTAR)
 By Jose Rodel Clapano - The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay believes that an aerial survey was done on a piggery and flower farm in Batangas formerly owned by his family.

Employees of JCB Farms in Rosario town claimed that a helicopter was seen hovering around the property last week, Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said yesterday.

“The helicopter flew around the property for about 20 minutes. According to the employees, this was the first time that such an incident happened,” Salgado said in a statement.

He said the Vice President started his piggery business in Rosario town through a sole proprietorship under the name JCB Farms in 1994.

He explained that JCB Farms was a mere tenant of a nine-hectare property in Batangas and not 200 hectares as earlier reported.

The piggery business was duly registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue office in the province.

Salgado clarified that Binay sold the property after the 2010 elections.

Binay’s camp said they will not be surprised if in the coming days, a video footage or photos of the property will be circulated in media and even presented in the Senate hearing alleging that the Vice President is the owner of the property.

“We are sorry to disappoint our detractors. Allow us to reiterate what the lawyers of the Vice President told media in their presentation on the SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth) of the Vice President and his spouse, former mayor Elenita Binay,” Salgado said.

“The leasehold improvements introduced by JCB Farms are duly reported in its annual audited financial statements and in the tax declarations duly filed with the appropriate local government unit,” he added.

A flower shop business owned by Mrs. Binay – Blooms and Bouquet – has been sourcing its flower requirements from a farm in Rosario town.

Salgado said Binay earned an additional income of P44,350,921.88 from 1994 to 2010 from JBC Farms. He paid taxes amounting to P15,889,581.83 during the period.

After the 2010 elections, the Vice President disposed of his business interests for a profit in JCB Farms as well as his investments in shares of stocks. He initially invested P400,000 in stocks in 1994, Salgado added.

At the same time, Salgado said the Vice President is not an owner of the Manila Polo Club.

* He said Binay has not received dividends from shares of stocks in the Manila Polo Club.

Salgado said that Binay was an honorary member of the polo club during his term as Makati mayor.

“This is in keeping with the club’s bylaws, which state that honorary membership shall be accorded to the incumbent President of the Philippines and the incumbent mayor of Makati,” he said.

Trillanes defends Senate probe

Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday slammed his critics for accusing him and the Senate of politicking as the chamber continues to probe the alleged anomaly in the construction of the Makati City parking building 2.

Trillanes belied the claims of Sen. Nancy Binay, who had earlier decried the Senate inquiry as a political persecution against their family.

The Senate is out to uncover the truth and expose the anomalies in overpricing and rigging of various projects in Makati, he said.

He rejected statements that the Senate inquiry is being conducted not in aid of legislation but in aid of persecuting the Binays, particularly the Vice President.

The Vice President said he would rather focus on his job instead of attending the Senate hearing.

Trillanes said the Senate panel is ready to hear the explanation of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who has been directed to “show cause” why he has not been attending the hearings.

Last week, Senate President Franklin Drilon threatened the younger Binay with arrest if he fails to attend the next hearing.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Blue Ribbon committee, is set to announce today his decision on the petition on jurisdictional challenge filed by the Binay camp. – With Christina Mendez

Binay suffers big drop in performance, trust ratings By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 7, 2014 - 9:53am 19 641 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers a speech in Pasig City. Boy Santos

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered a huge decline in his performance and trust ratings amid the corruption allegations hurled against him, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Results of the survey released on Tuesday showed that Binay's approval rating dropped from 81 percent in June to 66 percent in September. His trust rating also fell from 79 percent to 64 percent.

The decline in Binay's performance and trust ratings occurred in Metro Manila (16 and 14 percentage points, respectively) and the rest of Luzon (-16 and -14 percentage points, respectively).

Binay's approval score in Class ABC and trust score in Mindanao also decreased (-19 and -14 percentage points, respectively).

Meanwhile, indecision on Binay's performance and trustworthiness became more manifest not only at the national level (both at +8 percentage points) but also in Class D (both at +11 percentage points). The indecision also went up in the Visayas (+13 percentage points).

Despite his ratings drop, Binay still enjoys the highest scores among the top five national leaders: President Benigno Aquino (approval rating of 55 percent and trust rating of 54 percent), Senate President Franklin Drilon (39 percent and 37 percent), House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte (30 percent and 27 percent) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (33 percent and 30 percent).

Pulse Asia said only Binay succeeded in scoring majority approval and trust ratings in every geographic area (55 percent to 75 percent and 53 percent to 70 percent, respectively) and socio-economic groupings (54 percent to 71 percent and 52 percent to 70 percent, respectively).

In the case of the President, he posted majority approval and trust ratings in the Visayas (65 percent and 61 percent, respectively), Mindanao (68 percent and 65 percent, respectively), Class D (54 percent and 52 percent, respectively), and Class E (both at 61 percent).

* Appreciation and trust are the plurality sentiments toward Aquino in Metro Mania (48 percent and 47 percent, respectively), the rest of Luzon (46 percent and 48 percent, respectively), and Class ABC (48 percent and 49 percent, respectively).

Drilon also suffered a decline in his overall approval and trust ratings (-13 and -9 percentage points, respectively). Appreciation for and trust in the Senate President become less pronounced in Mindanao (-18 and -15 percentage points, respectively) and Class D (-15 and -11 percentage points, respectively). Drilon also experienced a drop in his approval rating in the rest of Luzon (-13 percentage points).

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from September 8 to 15 and polled 1,200 respondents nationwide. It was done amid the ongoing Senate investigation into the reported overpriced Makati City Hall Building II, with witnesses claiming, among other things, that Binay rigged public biddings and received kickbacks from various Makati City projects.

The accusations against Binay also affected his scores in the Pulse Asia presidential poll.

FROM PHILSTAR

Binay camp: Only presidential survey score important to us By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 7, 2014 - 11:52am 9 628 googleplus0 0


The latest Pulse Asia presidential survey.

MANILA, Philippines - For the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, his performance and trust ratings are less important than his score in presidential surveys.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay's spokesman, downplayed on Tuesday the 15-percentage point decline in the performance and trust ratings of the Vice President in the latest Pulse Asia poll.

"It doesn't really bother us. Again, what are important to us are the preferential ratings for who will they vote for in 2016," Remulla said in a phone-patch interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel.

"The approval ratings are a point of interest but the preferential ratings are what really concern us," he added.

Remulla claimed that they have their own survey, which shows that Binay enjoys a "tremendous lead over any challenger" in the 2016 presidential race.

According to the poll results, Remulla said Binay garnered 60 percent of the votes while Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas came in a far second with 27 percent.

In the Pulse Asia presidential survey released last week, Binay still emerged as the voters' top choice for the presidency even if his score dipped from 41 percent to 31 percent.

Roxas, meanwhile, saw his rating rise from seven percent to 13 percent.

Binay's ratings drop came after he was accused of pocketing public funds through various projects in Makati City including the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall II parking building.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Why is chopper flying over ‘Binay’s farm’? Philippine Daily Inquirer2:29 am | Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

MANILA, Philippines–The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said that he had divested himself since 2010 of his interest in a piggery farm on a leased property in Rosario, Batangas, in anticipation that his detractors may claim otherwise.

Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman and head of his media office, made the clarification after employees of JCB Farms, a piggery and flower farm, reported that a helicopter flew around the property on Thursday for about 20 minutes, the first time it ever happened.

“We will not be surprised that if in the coming days, video footage or photos of the property will be circulated in media and perhaps even presented in the Senate subcommittee hearing alleging that Vice President Binay is the owner of the said property,” Salgado said in a statement.

“We are sorry to disappoint our detractors,” he added.

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee has been conducting an investigation into the allegedly overpriced P2.3-billion Makati City Hall Building II. The controversial parking building was built when Binay was still the city mayor.

The inquiry has become a venue for former city officials under Binay to accuse him of rigging contracts of city infrastructure projects and benefiting from kickbacks, allegations that the Vice President has denied.

In his statement, Salgado said Binay’s lawyers presented to the media last month documents showing the income and businesses of Binay and his wife, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, through their joint statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and the corresponding taxes he paid in his 28-year public service starting as mayor of Makati.

Binay allowed the release of his SALN after he said he was willing to undergo a lifestyle check amid speculations that he had amassed massive wealth during his stint as mayor.

* Salgado said Binay went into the piggery business in 1994 as a sole proprietor under the name JCB Farms. He said the business was duly registered in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s office in Rosario, Batangas.

The farm was also just a lessee of the 9-hectare property, he said.

Salgado also said the improvements on the leased property by JCB Farms were also reported in its annual audited financial statements and in duly filed tax declarations in Batangas.

The leased property has a flower farm, which was the source of flowers for the flower shop business owned by Binay’s wife.

“The piggery and flower farm both explain the Vice President and his family’s visibility in Rosario,” Salgado said.

He said JCB Farms brought additional net income of P44,350,921.88 to Binay from 1994 to 2010 for which he paid taxes amounting to P15.88 million.

In 2010, after he won the vice presidency, Binay divested himself of his business interest for a profit in JCB Farms and his investments in shares of stocks, Salgado said.–Christine O. Avendaño

FROM THE TRIBUNE

Trillanes, witness concocting tales — Binay Written by Angie M. Rosales and Charlie V. Manalo Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

Lies and more lies.


VICE PRESIDENT BINAY

This was the reaction of the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay as it accused Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and his witnesses in the ongoing Senate probe of manufacturing stories in their effort to pin down the Vice President and his family.

But no matter the many fabricated stories being told and retold in the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee chaired by Sen. Koko Pimentel and attended only by two senators, one of whom is Trillanes while the other is Sen. Alan Cayetano, five other buildings of the Makati City government, structural projects undertaken by the Binays, which were not specifically mentioned in the filed resolution in the Senate, are being eyed to be among the subject of investigation in the upper chamber.

Trillanes bared this yesterday saying that there’s no barring them from from proceeding with the scheduled continuation of the hearings being conducted by the blue ribbon sub-committee as he expressed confidence that their position, in pursuing the probe on alleged corruption of Binays, will be affirmed by the overall chairman, Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona.

In a statement issued yesterday to the media, Joey Salgado, spokesman for Binay said Trillanes and his witness, lawyer Renato Bondal, were obviously manufacturing stories against the Binays when they accused the vice president of owning shares with the Manila Polo Club (MPC).

Also, there was a charge from the Binay camp that a helicopter had been hovering over the flower farm and piggery farm leased by the Binays but no is no longer operated by them, said to be spying on the Binay piggery.

“Vice President Binay has never been a Proprietary Member of the Manila Polo Club. He has not received dividends from shares of stocks in the club,” Salgado stressed.

* Salgado said Binay was only made an honorary member of the MPC during his term as mayor of Makati which was in accordance with the club’s by-laws.

According to Salgado, Section VI of the MPC’s by-law reads: “Honorary membership shall be accorded to the incumbent President of the Philippines and the incumbent Mayor of the City of Makati.”

Judging from the face of the letter from the Urban Bank which Bondal presented to the Senate sub-committee last week, Salgado said it appeared the document was actually “a marketing letter addressed to all members of the club, regardless of membership status.”

“If Senator Trillanes and Mr. Bondal can show proof that the Vice President held actual shares and received dividends from the Polo Club, they are free to have them,” said Salgado.

“But this is Mr. Bondal, after all. I hope we can still recall his admission that the P1,000 price tag on Makati’s birthday cakes for seniors was just a “guess.” And it was the good senator who encouraged Mr. Bondal to make such a statement before the sub-committee,” he noted.

At the same time, Salgado hit at the still unidentified group that conducted an aerial surveillance over the piggery farm the Binays used to leased.

“Employees at a piggery and flower farm leasing a property in Rosario, Batangas have reported a helicopter flying around the property Thursday last week. The said helicopter flew around the property for about 20 minutes. According to the employees, this was the first time that such an incident happened,” Salgado narrated.

Salgado reiterated Binay had long disposed of his investment in the farm, which was right after the assumed the vice presidency in 2010.

In 1994, Salgado said Binay started a piggery business in Rosario, Batangas through a sole proprietorship under the name JCB Farms.

“JCB Farms is duly registered in the BIR–Rosario, Batangas office. JCB Farms is a mere lessee of a 9-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas,” Salgado said.

Binay’s spokesman stressed that the Leasehold Improvements introduced by JCB Farms are duly reported in its annual audited financial statements and in the tax declarations duly filed with the appropriate local government unit.

A flower shop business, Salgado said, owned by Binay’s wife, Dr. Elenita Binay (Blooms and Bouquet) has also been sourcing its flower requirements in a flower farm in Rosario, Batangas. The piggery and flower farm both explain the Vice President and his family’s visibility in Rosario. JCB Farms earned for the Vice President an additional net income of P44,350,921.88 from 1994 to 2010.

During said period, the Vice President paid taxes amounting to P15,889,581.83.

“After the 2010 elections, he disposed of his business interests for a profit in JCB Farms as well as his investments in shares of stocks,” said Salgado.

“But we will not be surprised if in the coming days, video footage or photos of the property will be circulated in media and perhaps even presented in the Senate sub-committee hearing alleging that Vice President Binay is the owner of the said property, Salgado said.

Trillanes, however, is dead set in further demolishing the Vice President’s chances of becoming president in 2016, even if neither the Nacionalista Party (NP) nor the Liberal Party (LP) has a viable presidential candidate.

“Of course. We will proceed with the hearing on Wednesday. No one can stop us from holding the hearing. And based on media reports, he (Guingona) will make a ruling on Tuesday, that’s the only information that we know of,” Trillanes said, referring to Guingona’s pronouncements on the matter of announcing his decision on the jurisdictional challenge filed by Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

Both Guingona and Senate president Franklin Drilon are LPs tasked by Malacañang to destroy the VP and portray him as guilty of corruption, as they believe that the 10 percent drop in Binay’s ratings can drop even further by keeping up with their hearings and manfactured testimonies from polluted witnesses.

Should Guingona reject the jurisdictional challenge, the Binays are expected to elevate the issue before the Supreme Court.

Binay questioned the panel’s continuing requirement for his appearance in the hearings of the sub-committee, supposedly focused on the alleged Makati City hall parking building but has since spilled over on other matters concerning the local government.

“Sen. TG (Guingona) knows the jurisdiction of the blue ribbon and we are not doing anything wrong, so he has no reason to overturn or rule against us,” Trillanes said, referring to the action taken by Pimentel initially junking the jurisdictional challenge filed by Binay before the sub-committee and later on to the mother committee.

Trillanes also slammed Sen. Nancy Binay’s claims that Guingona will have to consult the members, if not, at least call a meeting of all the panel members to decide on the issue.

“He (Guingona) does not have to call for a meeting. He can make a ruling on his own. The ruling stands until overturned by the members. He can consult or he can get the pulse of some members. A lot can be done by him, even as he can unilaterally decide on this jurisdictional challenge.
|
“There are many options, but I will not preempt this. I will defer to the decision of Guingona. We will cross the bridge when we get there,” Trillanes said.

“By tradition and rules, the chairman is given the authority to rule on anything related to his committee. Now, if the members feel that his decision is not the sentiment of the committee, they can question it. They can challenge it but they must have the majority to overturn the ruling of the committee chairman. That’s the system here,” Trillanes added.

The senator even went on to scoff at Senator Binay, telling her that these matters will be known to her if she conducts her own committee hearings.

“Senator Nancy will know these when she conducts her own committee hearing for her to become aware of the rules, whether written or unwritten rules,” he said.

Senator Binay, however, belongs to the minority and has no chairmanship of any committee.

Under the rules of procedure governing in aid of legislation of the Senate, it clearly states that the jurisdictional challenge “must first be resolved by the committee before proceeding with the inquiry.”

“If the committee, by a majority vote of its members present there being a quorum, decides that its inquiry is pertinent or relevant to the implementation or re-examination of any law or appropriation or in connection with any pending or proposed legislation or will aid in the review or formulation of a new legislative policy or enactment or extends to any and all matters vested by the Constitution in Congress and or in the Senate alone, it shall overrule such objection and proceed with the investigation,” it further stated.

Also, Section 4 of the same rules pertaining to the issue on “quorum”, says that “one third of all the regular members of the committee shall constitute a quorum but in no case shall it be less than two. The presence of ex officio members may be considered in determining the existence of a quorum.”

There are at least 19 regular members of the blue ribbon committee and the inclusion of ex officio members will bring the total to 21, which means the quorum would require the presence or participation of at least seven members.

Besides Pimentel, only two other senators have been participating in the last few public hearings and that include Trillanes and Cayetano. Senator Binay had since “inhibited” from participating in the public hearings out of delicadeza, or a sense of propriety.

Trillanes said that due for investigation by the sub-committee in the days to come include the Makati Science High School building, Makati nursing building, Ospital ng Makati, Makati Friendship Suites and Makati City hall building one.

“Most definitely we are not done yet. It would be better that we have an exhaustive investigation so that there would not be any room for any doubts,” he said adding that they already secured needed material and documents for these issues.

In the meantime, the sub-committee, pending the issue on jurisdictional challenge, has issued a show cause order to Mayor Binay, giving him a chance to give his side or reason on his refusal to attend the hearings which the Senate probers will use as a basis on whether to slap him any punitive action.

“So we will get his reply. We will decide on his reply on whether we will accept it or not. If it were just up to me, if such is just his answer, (that he believes that the hearings are no longer in aid of legislation) I will not accept that. We will be democratic on this one. As you know, we do not want them (Binays) to become martyrs. So we will see.

“But we”ll have to make sure that this cannot be made a precedent. We have to monitor that some impprtant officials will also do the same thing. We will be helpless. That is what guarding the interest of the Senate as an institution is,” he said.

Under the same set of rules, the chairman cannot unilaterally impose contempt charges as it requires the vote of the majority members.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Binay pays Pacquiao visit; sparks running mate talk By Christine O. Avendaño |Philippine Daily Inquirer4:47 am | Tuesday, October 7th, 2014


Earlier Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) announced that boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao would be included in his senatorial slate in 2016. Now, Pacquiao may be the presidential aspirant’s potential running mate. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines–From opposition senatorial bet to the 2016 presidential frontrunner’s running mate.

Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay announced that boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao would be included in his senatorial slate in 2016.

Now, he may be the presidential aspirant’s potential running mate.

The Vice President flew to General Santos City on Monday to oversee housing projects in the boxing champ’s hometown when the question about a possible Binay-Pacquiao tandem in 2016 surfaced.

Pacquiao, who met Binay at the airport, was asked by reporters: Is he supporting Binay despite the latter being implicated in corruption allegations?

“Being a congressman—a representative of Sarangani province—it’s my duty to welcome the second top official of the Philippines to our place. It’s an honor for us that he did not only visit us but also gave us a housing project here,” Pacquaio said in an interview at the airport, a transcript of which was released to the media in Manila.

In a radio interview in General Santos City, Pacquiao was asked what he thought Binay could do for the province in the event he became president in 2016.

* Pacquiao said Binay’s visit and the housing project under his leadership showed what the Vice President could do for the province. He also said that coming from a poor family, Binay would better understand the plight of the poor.

“That’s why I believe that if he becomes president, he would be a big help to the province,” Pacquiao said.

Interviewed separately in Lagao, Binay said he and the boxing champ came from poor families and this shaped the way they serve in government.

On the question of whether he was asking people to convince Pacquiao to be his running mate, Binay said: “That was what was being asked of me in Luzon. You can see that this person is very helpful and has shown he knows how to govern and, more importantly, he is pro-God and pro-country.”

The Vice President said he had not decided who his running mate in 2016 would be.

Binay brushed off criticism that he was campaigning a year too early. He said he was just doing his job.

Binay said there were more people who did not believe the corruption allegations against him.

“The smear campaign will not last if it’s not true,” he said.

FROM PHILSTAR

'Senate probe has chilling effect on innocent parties' By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 6, 2014 - 2:20pm 22 559 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay gestures while denying allegations of corruption during a televised press conference at the PICC in Pasay City earlier this month. ERNIE PENAREDONDO

MANILA, Philippines - The camp of embattled Vice President Jejomar Binay warns that the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee investigation on the Makati City Hall II parking building has a "chilling effect" on anyone who could provoke the ire of senators.

In an e-mail sent to STAR columnist Jose C. Sison, lawyers Martin Subido and Princess Turgano reiterated Binay's position that the Senate probe is not in aid of legislation but one that is designed to malign his name and character.

"Using the revered halls of the Senate for 'trial by publicity' is not only a great disrespect to the institution but also serves as a 'chilling effect' against innocent parties who may incur the ire of its members as it can be used as a forum to malign, castigate, insult and/or humiliate them," the lawyers said.

They also reiterated that the allegations made against Binay during the Senate hearings are self-serving and inadmissible as hearsay evidence before the courts.

"But we all know that a person’s guilt or innocence is not established before the Senate – it is a matter for the Courts to decide," the lawyers added.

Binay and his son, Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay are facing graft and plunder charges before the Ombudsman for allegedly amassing kickbacks from the supposedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall II parking building.

The two Binays have refused to attend the Senate hearings wherein former Makati officials and his allies accused the Vice President and his family of benefiting from all projects in the city and of rigging public biddings.

Related: COA report: Medical equipment in Makati overpriced by P61M

The Vice President has been challenged to face his accusers and cross-examine them, provided that senators will also be allowed to interrogate him.

The younger Binay, meanwhile, earlier filed a jurisdictional challenge before the Blue Ribbon Committee challenging the jurisdiction of the sub-committee to continue with the current inquiry.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2014 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE