Mayor Binay challenges Senate, won’t attend probe
MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay will not attend the Senate inquiry into the alleged overpriced Makati Building II as he intends to challenge the jurisdiction of the upper chamber to conduct an investigation, his camp said in a media conference aired live Thursday.
Binay, through his lawyer, Patricia Alvarez, questioned the authority of the blue ribbon committee to issue a subpoena compelling him to attend the hearing.
He said he would not attend, claiming that the proceedings were no longer in pursuit of the truth but in the furtherance of personal agenda.
He appealed to the senators to observe proper decorum during the inquiry, which he said has already prejudged him and his family.
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