GRINGO ON PLUNDER VS. BINAY: LET THE COURTS DECIDE
PEOPLE POWER hero Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan said the court should be allowed to decide on the allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has been slapped with plunder charge by the Ombudsman.
Honasan, Binay’s running mate under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), dismissed the charge as a “light baggage” that would not derail the vice president’s bid to capture Macalacanang in the 2016 election.
We have due process, said Honasan.
Guesting at the Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG), ABS/CBN’s morning news program on October 14, Honasan said courts and law firms will have to be abolished if Binay as a presidential candidate should be judged on the basis of mere allegations.
I would be the first to stand up (to defend the decision) if the court finds him guilty, said Honasan, who as a military officer was a key figure in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that toppled down the Marcos dictatorship.
The Ombudsman has filed plunder charges against Binay and son Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay in connection with Makati city government projects following investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee.
Binay described the Blue Ribbon probe and the Ombudsman rap as black “propaganda” and “demolition job” out to derail his presidential bid.