Binay asks bishops not to believe ‘demolition job’

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MANILA, June 29, 2015— Vice President Jejomar Binay has urged Catholic bishops not to go with allegations of corruption hurled against him.

In a letter the official sent to some bishops, Binay said the investigation against him is “demolition by perception” orchestrated by his political detractors.

“By now it is clear that they only intend to influence perception. This is not about justice or the fight against corruption,” Binay said.

The eight-page letter was dated June 5 but was only received by the bishops last week or few days after Binay resigned from the Aquino cabinet.

The vice president also criticized the ruling party, which according to him, is merely trying to get rid of potential contenders in the run up to the presidential polls.

“This pattern of lies and web of deceits orchestrated by my political detractors, who are fueled by their political ambitions, were designed to bring me down as I am the vital obstacle to the ruling party’s ambition to dominate the 2016 elections and continue their regime of incompetence, aimless leadership, large-scale corruption, selective justice, and indifference to the poor,” said Binay.

In the letter, Binay briefly answered point-by-point the allegations against him and his family, mostly raised during the Senate hearings.

Binay and his son, Mayor Junjun Binay, have been named respondents in a plunder complaint in connection with the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

Binay is also accused of receiving kickbacks for other projects in Makati and earning millions as an official of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

In a pastoral letter issued early this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the voters to “reject the notoriously corrupt” but warned of easily being swayed by “spin-doctors”.

“Reject the notoriously corrupt, but neither should one readily jump on the bandwagon of condemnation in the absence of incontrovertible evidence, for, these days, one’s reputation, so painstakingly built by sincerity and honesty over the years, can so easily be tarnished by the truly evil work of ‘spin-doctors’ in the payroll of one or the other political aspirant,” the CBCP said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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