Binay on Erap: Kulang na lang magyakapan kami

Posted at 06/12/14 11:36 AM

MANILA - Any animosity between opposition allies Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is now a thing of the past.

In an interview during the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day at the Rizal Park, Binay laid to rest any talk of a possible rift in the opposition.

"Kulang na lang magyakapan kami ni Pangulong Erap. Ang tawag ko kay Mayor Erap, PM, President Mayor," he said.

Asked what he meant by the remark, the Vice-President said: "
Pagmamahalan namin sa oposisyon. Walang iwanan."

Binay, Estrada and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile are known allies who founded the United Nationalist Alliance before the 2013 elections.

Enrile and Estrada's son, Jinggoy, are currently facing plunder and graft charges before the Sandiganbayan for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles.

Binay, whose family is also being linked to the scam through a "white paper", said the allegations are just part of politics.

"Matagal rin naman akong nag-mayor, so talagang it's part doon sa pulitika natin. 'Yun lang sana naman maging malinis sa pulitika. Hindi nababahiran ng 'di maganda," he said.

He also refused to comment on Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice's claim that he has proof Congresswoman Abigail Binay exceeded her priority development assistance fund (PDAF) allocations in 2008.

UNA secretary general Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco earlier confirmed that there was a "lovers' quarrel" between Estrada and Binay over the redevelopment of a district in Manila.

"Tampuhan lang iyan. As in lovers' quarrel (LQ). Kung hindi nagmamahalan yan, hindi magkakatampuhan. At dahil nagmamahalan, pang-Valentine's talaga, hehehe," Tiangco said in a text message.

The former Philippine president earlier failed to get Binay's outright approval to re-develop the iconic Central Market in Manila.

Estrada wanted to enter into public-private partnership with SM Development Corp. which has offered to rebuild the Central Market in Sta. Cruz, Manila into a 3-level structure with a grocery on the ground level and roof-deck parking.

However, the city of Manila has no rights over the property that prevents the local government from developing the market, according to Home Guaranty Corp. (HGC), which owns the property.

HGC is a shelter agency under the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC) that is headed by Binay. It provides government guarantees for loans that bankroll housing projects.