“UNITY, not revenge will be my next agenda if I become the next president of the Philippines.”
Thus said Vice President Jejomar C. Binay as he stressed that he will not be a vindictive president if the Filipino people elects him to the highest post in the country next year.
Binay added that he will only go after government officials who are involved in graft and corruption based on strong evidence.
“Ako naman ho ay isang abogado. I was a litigation lawyer. Kung merong evidence, kailangang ihabla. It’s part of the fight against corruption,” he said in Polillo Island Friday.
The vice president said he wants people to know and remember him as a “unifying and not a vindictive president.”
“Sana ako ay makilala na isang pangulo na hindi naging vindictive, isang pangulo na matataguriang unifying president,” he said.
In earlier interviews, Binay stressed the importance of having strong evidence before filing a case against an official.
“Bago ho tayo magsalita ng ikukulong o hindi, tingnan muna natin ang ebidensya. Kung wala naman pong ebidensya at ipapakulong mo lamang, iniikutan mo lamang ‘yong pangangailangang may ebidensya. Ibig ko lang sabihin, alam mo naman na walang ebidensya pero sa kagustuhan mong makulong, pinahahabla mo lang,” he said.
In the wake of the indictment of three senators, including Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla, Jr. for the alleged misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the Vice President had urged government to be fair in handling their case.
Binay said the case will “test if the drive for reforms will be blind to political motives.”
“If it stops with the filing of the plunder cases against three senators who are not political allies and confines itself to the [Janet] Napoles case, it will create the impression of being selective, and that political partisanship – not justice – is the sole motivation behind these charges,” he said.
A year after the first two of three batches of PDAF cases were filed, the Department of Justice has yet to file charges against other lawmakers and individuals involved in the alleged P10-billion scam.
With Cristina Lee-Pisco