Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday blasted Vice President Binay for answering the allegations against him through press conferences instead of facing the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee.
In the resumption of the Senate’s probe on the alleged Makati car park building, Cayetano lashed out at Binay and urged him to personally face his accusers and answer their allegations.
Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Erwin “Junjun” Binay, were again absent in the hearing on the controversial building along with some city hall officials invited to attend the probe.
“We are giving everyone the opportunity to speak… The Vice President is invited. Ang problema ay kung ayaw nilang sumagot,” Cayetano said at the televised heaing.
The senator also disagreed to Binay’s claim that the Senate testimonies against him were not evidences but merely allegations because the witnesses were not cross-examined.
He then dared Binay, a lawyer, to do the cross-examination himself provided that he will not hide from the investigation and be also open to interrogation.
“Kung haharap ka dito, papayag ka na kahit sino sisiyasatin ang sinasabi mo, doon po makakahusga ang komite at ang publiko kung sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo,” Cayetano said.
“Kung ang tingin po ni VP Binay na sila’y (witnesses) nagsisinungaling, I will move to suspend the rules na siya mismo… ay mag-cross examine sa lahat ng witnesses na pumunta dito,” he added.
Binay and his son are facing a plunder complaint before the Ombudsman for allegedly making money through the allegedly overpriced construction of the parking building.