By Raïssa Robles - Over two weeks ago when I posted my piece entitled Binay told me in 2010 he had bought – not leased – the land for his piggery, Vice President Jejomar Binay and/or his political advisers chose to ignore it. However, some eagled-eyed Senate officials apparently saw it, which is the only reason I can give for why they subpoenaed me to explain the story to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on October 30.
Your Honors, Two decades ago, the Senate was my beat as a reporter. I am here today because I was summoned by a Subpoena ad Testifcandum, to appear before a sub-committee of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee The subpoena included a warning – ‘Fail not under penalty of law.’
Here is the full video of the Question and Answer portion of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). FOCAP would welcome a similar forum with Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Vice-President Jejomar Binay promises that if he becomes president, he will do for the whole country what he did for Makati. This promise has tantalized many poor Filipinos. But what exactly does that mean? In June 2010, I examined in my previous blog site Binay's achievements in Makati because he was pressing President Benigno Aquino Jr. to appoint him Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) instead of then Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo. This is an update of that post. I've added paragraphs based on my interview with Binay weeks after the piece came out. [NOTE: My blog - with the same name but with a different design - where the original piece was posted crashed because of a malicious virus. ] To understand Binay's brand of governance, I compared and contrasted it to that of another politician - the late mayor of Naga City Jesse Robredo.
Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Jejomar Binay credits his good fortune to what my satirist hubby Alan refers to as the Vice-President’s “days of swine and roses.” And Alan is right. Binay’s lawyer Princess Turgano recently explained that it was the Binay family’s piggery and flower businesses that enabled the couple to earn an additional net income of P44.35 million from 1994 to 2010. But what I want to know is: How was VP Binay – orphaned as a boy – able to buy two properties at the age of 22 and a third property at the age of 23 -- while still studying law at the University of the Philippines College of Law?
Exclusive by Raissa Robles - Embattled Vice-President Jejomar Binay may want to seriously rethink his position that he has nothing to explain. That all allegations of corruption and overpricing swirling around the 11 storey Makati city hall parking building are just “politically motivated attacks.” If cab driver Robin Visin is any gauge, Binay's so-called solid base may be showing some cracks.
Things got even more interesting. Bayan Muna Congressman Neri Colmentares is standing his ground that Section 10 of the draft People's Initiative law is constitutional. Earlier, I wrote a piece asking - Is the draft law being pushed through a People’s Initiative unconstitutional? Former Congressman Teddy Casino posted the following on his blog: In the interest of clarifying concerns regarding the constitutionality of the proposed PI bill abolishing the pork barrel system, I’m posting Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares’ memo on the controversial Section 10 of the said bill.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles -- Is the Scrap Pork Network behind the People's Initiative promising something that might get shot down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in the end? Something even Congress can easily overturn? Why didn't any official in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines see the potential constitutional defects and suggest amendments to the draft law entitled "An Act abolishing the presidential and congressional pork barrel system, strengthening the system of checks and balances over public funds, prohibiting certain acts, and providing penalties therefore?"