Jejomar Binay denied any involvement in corruption in last night’s Wanted: President, GMA Network’s interview series for presidential candidates in the upcoming 2016 elections.
The Vice President also expressed his views on several hot-button issues—like the FOI bill, death penalty, pork barrel and traffic—to interviewee Mike Enriquez.
Binay was asked to introduce himself at the start of the interview. The 73-year-old politician said that he will just tell him about what he wishes to happen.
“Gusto ko ho, e, kung maaari, e, ako ho ay tumangkad na, para mawala na bansag sa akin na ako si Nognog.
"Kasi alam niyo ho yung nognog? Negro na bansot pa.
"So, yun ho sana'ng mangyari."
Nognog, a Filipino word that means blackened in English, has been used to insult Binay’s dark complexion.
Binay, however, has used this word in several campaign ads to forge a connection to the Filipino masses.
The presidential aspirant also said that he looks up to former President Fidel V. Ramos.
“Organized talaga as a President. May direksiyon, may vision, sapat ang karanasan, disiplinador,” he said.
CORRUPTION CHARGES. Binay was also made to answer the corruption charges that has been leveled at him since he announced his run for the presidency.
The Vice President denied any involvement on the alleged overpricing of a Makati City parking building.
"Ginawa lang sa findings na kasama ako. Hindi po totoo yan."
Binay added that the accusation was a distraction, and that he cannot be sued because he has an immunity from suits because of his position in the government.
“May malungkot na parte ho talaga diyan, a.
"Isinama pa ako sa criminal investigation diyan, e, yun naman pala hindi ako puwedeng ihabla."
Binay also maintained that his signatures on the documents are just ministerial.
"Yun hong conspiracy na dahil ho sa pagkakapirma ko, kinilala na po ng Korte Suprema 'yan.
"Ang sabi ng Korte Suprema, ang pagkakapirma ni Mayor, e kuwan lang yun, ministerial.
"Kasi, hindi ho mabubuo ang transaksiyon nang hindi ka pipirma. Kasi ikaw ho ang huling pipirma dun sa kontrata.
"O, walang independent evidence... Sa dami kong pinagpipipirmahan nun, wala naman akong oras butingtingin lahat yun e,” he explained.
Binay also denied that his family owns a 350-hectare estate in Batangas.
“Unang-una, hindi ho ako nagmay-ari ng ganung kalaki. Wala hong hacienda in the first place.
"Meron namang nagsabing siya ho ang may-ari nun,” he said.
Binay also denied the allegation that the hacienda has air-conditioned piggery.
"Kung matinong usapan lang sana, e, nagpunta dun si Senator [Antonio] Trillanes, wala naman siyang nakitang ganitong air-conditioned.”
ANTI-CORRUPTION. The multi-termer Makati mayor also pointed out that the anti-corruption is part of his platform. One of this is fighting red tape.
“Pag-upo kong mayor, ang dami kong nai-correct na graft and corruption.
"For example na lang, ha, di ba... binawasan ko ho yung proseso.
"Sa dami ng humahawak ng papeles, sa dami ho nagga-graft and corruption.
"Pangalawa kailangan hong bawasan ang discretion.
"Kasi ho kung ilalagay sa class A, class B, class C, dun na nag-uumpisa ang graft and corruption,” he said.
But Binay does not think that the pork barrel should be removed.
Seen as a major source of corruption, the pork barrel, or the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
“Yung PDAF na yun as a concept, maganda ha. Maganda,” he said.
“Ang nagpasama lang ho sa PDAF na yun, e, kasi mga ghost ang implementation. Pero as a concept, it was okay.
"Number one, binigyan ng pagkakataon na tumulong ang mga congressman dun ho sa mga pangangailangan ng kanilang mga distrito, kasi binibigyan sila ng opportunity”
Binay has a P200-million PDAF as vice president. He said he used it for public services.
"E, kasi yung akin, tama lahat yun. Marami naman dun tama, e.
"Pinamigay ko sa mga ospital. Marami akong mga naging scholar,” he said.
OTHER ISSUES. The UNA candidate also gave his views on several important issues today.
On the issue of traffic and transportation, Binay said that the root cause is lack of proper urban planning.
“C5. C5, ilang taon pa lang 'yan, overloaded na.
"E, kasi, ikumpara mo naman yung sa subdivision, kahit na 30 years, wala kang makikitang traffic-traffic basta tama ang planning."
Binay agrees on tax reform. He thinks the excessive income tax and value-added tax are “unfair and unjust.”
"Nagbabayad ka ng cash dun sa suweldo mo. Yun ay direct tax.
"Patay ka rin sa indirect tax, dahil pag bumibili ka, may VAT. Yung VAT na yun, pinapasa naman yun sa taxpayer."
Binay does not think that the death penalty is a solution for the rise in criminality.
"Hindi ho ako naniniwala diyan. E, unang-una, buhay ho ng tao 'yan, e. Dapat mamatay ho sa natural death.”
The experienced human rights lawyer also wants to prioritize the freedom of information bill, but he wants a responsible media to go with it.
"Ako, suportado ho ako diyan. Uunahin ko hong mailabas 'yan.
"Yun lamang, gusto ko lamang hong makita na may accountability yung mga nasa media and whatever."
Lastly, Binay thinks the way to pacify the rebellious groups is to solve its root causes.
“Kailangan, yung causes ng pagiging rebelde nila, e, kailangang, e, tugunan natin yun. Unang-una dun, e, poverty,” he said.
The next episode of Wanted: President will feature Liberty Party candidate Mar Roxas, who will be interviewed by Mel Tiangco. It will air on January 31, Sunday night.