All lies. Hearsay and uncorroborated evidence. Those were Vice President Jejomar Binay’s words in response to the flood of charges from certain quarters accusing him of corruption and mismanagement in his long and storied tenure as mayor of Makati City. Not only are they fabrications, he said, “but there is nothing in what they are showing as testimony that can stand [up] in a court of law.”
When you’re brought back to your former “stomping grounds,” placed once again in the company of old friends and colleagues and the environment that nurtured and molded you to full flowering, would you call that incarceration? We think not.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
They did not call it a press conference, as indeed it was not, because the speaker did not answer any questions, leaving it to underlings to do so. He merely read his speech which, it was reported, he had written himself and subjected to about 20 revisions. All by him. And then he left.
By David L. Balangue
The hearings in the Senate on the alleged overprice in the construction of the Makati City Hall parking building have put in the limelight Vice President Jejomar Binay, touted as the “most likely next president of the Philippines” because of his immense popularity among the masses. One of the allegations aired during the hearings was that the Binays were getting a 13-percent “commission” on Makati’s major infrastructure projects, which the family vehemently denies.
By Juan L. Mercado
“Awakening of consciousness is a series of spaced splashes … until bright blocks of perception are formed … affording memory a slippery hold,” novelist Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his book “Speak, Memory.”