Known for her fearless statements, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago gives her message to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Present at a real estate convention on Friday, Santiago repeated her appeal to the vice president to attend the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee investigation involving the supposed corruption in Makati.
According to Santiago, Binay should come to the Senate probe to directly answer to the accusations of his once former ally, ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
"Totoo ba itong mga pagbibintang na ito ng former vice mayor ng Makati laban sa dati niyang mayor na dati niyang kasama sa pulitika? Tama ba ito? Totoo ba ito?"
"May dala siyang videos which are accepted evidence, meron siyang mga documents. So he complies with the requirement of the rules of evidence," she said.
In last Wednesday’s sub-committee hearing, Mercado accused Binay owning mansion in Tagaytay and a 350-hectare estate in Rosario, Batangas.
The Batangas property, according to the vice mayor is comparable to "six Luneta Parks, 10 Araneta Centers or even half the city of San Juan."
After the latest allegations thrown to the vice president, the sub-committee has extended an invitation to Binay to testify in the next hearing.
On the other hand, Binay pointed that he "will not give dignity" to such accusations at the same time to the senators who have been holding the hearings, which, he according to him are motivated politically.
"Dadalo ka ba sa naninirang puring mga testigo? Dadalo ka ba sa bagay na hindi na dapat kasama pag-usapan? Dadalo ka ba doon kung nasagot na yung dapat pag-usapan? Pang-apat, dadalo ka pa ba doon kung alam mo na kung saan tutungo ang kanilang gagawin? I won’t give dignity to them," he said.
However, Santiago said if Binay wants to clarify all the allegations against him, he should face his accusers in the Senate.
She added that the vice president has nothing to fear since resource persons in congressional hearings have rights that should be upheld by lawmakers.
"Ngayon ang sabi lang ng vice president, ‘Hindi ako pupunta dahil walang katotohanan ang sinasabi niya.’ Ganun ba ang attitude ng tao na nasiraan?" she said.
"Pag siniraan ka ng tao, hindi ba gusto mo suntukin mo na kaagad? Susugurin mo na? At saka ibibigkas mo na sa buong daigdig kung ano talaga ang katotohanan? Bakit ayaw lumabas yan doon?" Santiago said.
article source: abs cbn news