It’s official: DOJ probes Binay on Senate request
MANILA, Philippine – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has started its investigation into the alleged anomalous transactions entered into by Vice President Jejomar Binay but isn’t keen on conducting one against Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the Senate asked for their help on Binay while it is the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that has formed a group to conduct a lifestyle check on Purisima and other officials of the PNP.
“Nagaalangan ang NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) makialam sa issue na yan at the moment,” De Lima told reporters Friday.
But she clarified that the entry of the NBI in the investigation did not mean that the government was targeting Binay who openly declared his intention to run for presidency in 2016.
“They are consistent in saying that it is part of the demolition job because of his political plans. The public deserves to know the truth,” De Lima said.
“It is the DOJ/NBI mandate to investigate such sensitive issues,” she added.
Both Binay and Purisima are facing questions about their alleged unexplained wealth.
Binay has been implicated in the alleged overpriced Makati City Building 2. Recently, Binay’s alleged 350-hectare hacienda was also revealed to the public for the first time.
The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee and committee on public order are separately investigating Binay and Purisima.
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