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POSTED | 10:17 AM | 18-09-2014

RP vice-president dismisses corruption charges

Under increasing pressure to refute corruption charges, beleaguered Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay blasted political enemies on Thursday for using the Senate floor to besmirch his reputation, and using discredited witnesses who have been rejected by Makati voters in the past.

The Vice President, who is widely believed to be eyeing the presidency in 2016, described the Senate investigation into the controversial “overpriced” Makati City Hall parking building as a “circus,” aimed at shaming him and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

He served notice that he “will not back down” and prove his accusers wrong.

Binay’s highly-anticipated rebuttal of the corruption allegations was three days late, delayed by Typhoon Luis. A Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee has been conducting inquiries about the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 with a price tag of P2.5 billion.

The Vice President lamented that corruption charges against him always seem to crop up every election period and that the new allegations being raised in the Senate floor is nothing new. “Every election, lies are being revived by my political enemies,” he was quoted as saying by The Manila Bulletin.

“I am not new to challenges. I do not back down from a fight,” Binay said.

Although he did not name names, he was apparently referring to former ally and ex- Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, who claimed in a Senate hearing that Binay got bribes for contracts in the Makati city government.

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