Binay hopeful truth will come out in PDAF scam

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay is hopeful that the truth will come out in the ongoing controversy over the so-called Napoles list of legislators and government officials who allegedly received kickbacks from projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

In an interview in Cebu City, the Vice President said efforts to pin down those involved in the scam should not spare political allies or relatives.

“The Napoles case is being investigated. Hopefully, the truth will come out. Dapat panagutin kung sinu-sino ang mga lalabas sa imbestigasyon regardless kung kaibigan, kamag-anak, o kaalyado,” Binay said.

The Vice President also said those claiming that a Binay presidency will spare political allies involved in the scam are “poisoning people’s minds.”

“Merong mga nanglalason diyan ng utak na ‘pagka naging presidente si Jojo Binay magkakaroon ng mga favorites. Abogado yata ako, alam ko lahat ng [batas]. Basta’t may kaso, ihabla. Kung wala namang kaso, i-abswelto,” Binay said.

“Kaya minsan ‘pagka sinasabi, ‘Hihina ang kaso kay Napoles because of your allies.’ Bakit? Ano bang relasyon ‘nun?” he added.

Earlier, Binay likened the existence of several lists to the Hello Garci controversy where different versions of the taped conversation between former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo surfaced.

“Sang-ayon sa media, magulo na. Parang ‘Hello Garci’ na ‘yung nangyayari. Naalala ninyo dati ‘yung dalawang tape? Ngayon, tatlo namang affidavit. Pero, panoorin natin. Sana sabi ko nga, ihabla ang dapat ihabla regardless kung kaibigan,” he said.#