Tension rises between Roxas, Nancy Binay after latter’s ‘gentle reminder’
MANILA, Philippines — “You are under oath, please kindly tell the truth,” was Senator Nancy Binay’s “gentle” advice to Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II during Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the Mamasapano incident.
“Just a gentle reminder, last hearing when I asked you if you informed the President parang di ho nakasagot then yesterday nabanggit n’yo you texted pala the President ng 8 a.m. You are under oath so please kindly tell the truth,” Binay told Roxas.
The senator then asked Roxas what was the President’s reply to his text message when he informed the President about the Mamasapano operation last Jan. 25.
But before answering Binay’s question, Roxas reacted first to the senator’s insinuation that he was not being truthful in his testimony in the ongoing Senate investigation on the incident.
“If I may, I have been and always will tell the truth. I did not at anytime commit what you’re implying in your statement, madam senator,” said Roxas.
As to the senator’s query, Roxas said President Benigno Aquino III simply replied “thank you” to his text.
Roxas ran but lost to Binay’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, during the 2010 elections.
Roxas’ name has been mentioned as one of the Vice President’s potential rivals in the 2016 presidential elections.
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