VP Binay on sacked Dasma agency: That's their problem

Posted at 01/15/14 4:46 PM

MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday washed his hands of the decision of Dasmariñas Village homeowners to fire its security agency in connection with the row involving his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and the posh subdivision's security measures.

Speaking to reporters at the SMX Convention Center, Binay said he does not know why Dasmarinas Village Association Inc. (DVA) decided to fire Right Eight Security Agency.

"Alam mo problema iyan 'nung security agency tsaka 'nung association. 'Di kami kasama doon," he said.

"Di ko alam kung bakit. Kasasabi ko lang, uulitin ko, iyan ay usapan ng asosasyon atsaka ng security agency," he added.

Mayor Binay has come under fire for allegedly disregarding security measures in Dasmariñas Village when he insisted on using the Banyan Road gate to exit the subdivision last November 30.

The subdivision bars all vehicles from passing through the gate after 10 p.m. for security purposes. Vehicles have to go through other gates, including one just around 400 meters away from the Banyan Road gate.

A video uploaded by the Philippine Daily showed the guards disallowing the Makati mayor's convoy from leaving through the Banyan Road gate. The convoy was only allowed through upon the arrival of Makati policemen.

The Makati mayor earlier denied that the Right Eight guards were arrested, saying they volunteered to go with the police.

The Vice-President has also defended his son, saying the Makati mayor should have been given courtesy.

The homeowners' association earlier gave commendations and gifts to the security guards who were involved in the row with Binay's group.

However, the homeowners' board said it is replacing the security company because it lost confidence in Right Eight. It noted that instead of standing up for their own guards, the security agency apologized to Binay.

Pantangco, in his letter, said Right Eight Security committed "unauthorized and inaccurate representation of DVA to the media in matters pertaining to the Banyan gate incident."

"Right Eight management cited inaccurate policies involving VIPs. Our existing policy covers the President and the Vice-President of the Philippines. On a case-to-case basis, exemptions are granted, provided that ample time is given to DVA," he said.

"DVA stands by the actions of our security guards, who in performing their duty, upheld DVA's existing policy and procedure during the incident."