BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Vice President Jejomar Binay has gulfed down his earlier dare for Senator Trillanes to debate with him and is chickening out of the face-off.
In an attempt to save the face of the embattled Vice President, Binay’s camp called the scheduled November 22 verbal joust as a “bullying tactic” of Trillanes.
It may be recalled, however, that Binay himself hurled at Trillanes the challenge to debate.
Binay dished out the challenge in a forum with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) on October 22.
Binay said the debate should be held outside the Senate where Trillanes is not protected by parliamentary immunity.
The KBP, asked by Binay during the forum to sponsor the debate, has already started to lay down the ground works for the face-off.
Trillanes has set a November 22 deadline for the debate.
“Senator Trillanes thinks that like in the Senate, he can bully Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP),” vice presidential spokesperson Joey Salgado said in a report in rappler.com, in response to the senator’s deadline for the debate.
“A debate has ground rules. A debate is a forum to inform, not to harass or intimidate. It is a forum for a sober presentation of arguments, not a bully pulpit. It is not a one-sided political circus like the on-going Senate witch hunt being conducted by Senator Trillanes,” rappler.com quotes Salgado.