- Ban on filing to cover the year before polls
- Purpose is to prevent harassment
- Promises his administration won’t be vindictive
MANILA, Philippines – If he could have his way, corruption cases will take a backseat before the elections.
Speaking to members of the National Unity Party (NUP) in their convention on Monday, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he will push for a ban on the filing of corruption cases against officials before the polls.
Specifically, the ban would cover the year before the elections because he believes the filing of corruption cases are being used to harass candidates especially those coming from the opposition with the nearing of election time.
“In the coming elections, if you are an opponent, you would be threatened with a case before the Ombudsman, and that case would be elevated to the Sandiganbayan by any means so you can be slapped with a preventive suspension,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
“There should be a moratorium of one year,” he added. “To those planning to run, they won’t be afraid because of the ban.”
Binay has been flooded with allegations of corruption during his time as mayor of Makati City. However, he has denied the accusations and maintained he is just being harassed to kill his chances for the presidency in the 2016 elections.
He is currently facing a probe along with his son and incumbent mayor Junjun on the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall’s parking building and Makati Science High School building.
Aside from pushing for the ban, the Vice President also promised his administration would not be like President Benigno Aquino III’s whom he accused of being bent on revenge.
“My administration would be a unifying and healing administration,” he said. “Enough with the vindictiveness, the rule of law should prevail, we should not have to experience selective justice anymore.”