Why Palace won't come to Binay's defense

Posted at 08/27/14 3:49 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay denies accusations against him during a press conference at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City Wednesday. Binay said there is a plot to malign his name and that of his family amid his strong showing in presidential surveys. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - There is a reason why Malacanang will not run to the aid of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is being accused of receiving kickbacks in the supposedly overpriced Makati office and parking building.

"Vice President Binay has spoken in defense of himself and his family, as he is entitled to do so. The Senate is conducting an investigation as they are entitled to do so. I suppose, at the end of the day, it will be up to the Filipino people to make the judgment," Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Lacierda explained the questions being posed against Binay is related to his capacity as then mayor and not as a member of the official family of the President. He said this is also why they would rather not comment.

"If the question posed against the Vice President would involve him as somebody holding the position of the Vice President, or him being the chairman of the NHA (National Housing Authority) or the housing sector, that’s something that we can respond to. The allegations against the Vice President were during his tenure as mayor. [It is] far from us to comment on something which we were not yet in government," he said.

On the conduct of the investigation, Lacierda said Malacanang respects the independence of the Senate.

"We do not wish to comment because anything that we might say might be taken [out of context],” he said.