PH under Binay a return to martial law: Trillanes

Posted at 08/21/14 1:14 PM

MANILA – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said a Philippines led by someone like Jejomar Binay would create a ''martial law type of environment."

Trillanes said Vice President Binay has already created an ''atmosphere of fear'', judging by the absence of some senators and resource persons invited to yesterday's Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

''Probably most of them (senators) had prior engagements. Let's just say that Vice President Binay has already created this atmosphere of fear, even now when he is [just] a VP. How much more if he becomes a president? No one will stand up more,'' Trillanes told ANC Headstart.

The senator said some people and politicians have become careful not to go against the vice president because of the possibility that he will become the next Chief Executive.

''Everybody is now afraid of Binay because they don't want to get on his bad side. They know cases will be filed against them, or they will be harassed. They know what VP Binay is capable of doing. That's why they'd rather suck up to him now. Probably later on they will be on his good side,'' he said.

''That's a very, very fearful scenario. It is going to be a martial law-type of environment wherein you cannot say anything that will piss off the sitting president."

While he fears for a Binay-led Philippines, Trillanes said he does not fear for his future in politics should the vice president succeed in his bid to reach Malacañang.

''I've been through worse. I was a senator in jail. No [I am not afraid]. If I abandon my country right now, no one would be able to stand up against a Binay presidency,'' he said.

Binay, who has long declared his intention to run for president, is currently the top choice in surveys to become the successor of President Benigno Aquino III.

Binay's allies believe the vice president's lead in the surveys has sent his political opponents scrambling to ruin his image.

The vice president, his son Makati mayor Junjun Binay, and several Makati officials are facing a plunder complaint for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

The Makati City government allocated P2.7 billion for the construction of the building, but the complainants in the plunder case estimate that the building should only cost about P700 million.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said he is not out to demolish the reputation of the Binays. He also denied being an attack dog of President Aquino and his allies, saying he had expressed opposition in some of the administration's programs such as the K-12 program and the Reproductive Health Law.