Jan 062015

Government agencies are investigating Vice President Jejomar Binay of unduly making money from the government’s housing projects, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has said.

“Ang impormasyon diyan ay yung mga mass housing projects ay binibigay niya sa mga favored contractors na nang arrangements with Pag-IBIG,” Trillanes said on GMA News’ “24 Oras” on Tuesday.

“Bagong anumalya ito,” he added.

Trillanes accused Binay, the chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, of getting a huge share from the profits of Pag-IBIG’s housing contractors.

“Pag komisyon, you get the percentage which is less than half. Pero pag partnership, or at worse, kung dummy lang, you get th bulk of the profits,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes initiated the Senate investigation on alleged graft committed by Binay when he was mayor of Makati. The Vice President has denied the allegations.

The HUDCC oversees the government’s housing agencies including Pag-IBIG, or the Home Development Mutual Fund that offers more affordable housing loans to its members.

Joey Salgado, one of the Vice President’s spokespersons, said Trillanes was lying.

“Senator Trillanes admitted that there are no documents to back up his latest allegation. He could not even identify the government agencies conducting the alleged investigation if there is such an investigation,” Salgado said.

“Then again, we do not expect fairness, candor and veracity from the senator. His agenda is to sway the public’s perception with innuendoes and outright falsehoods,” he added.

Lawyer Darlene Marie Berberabe, the president and Chief Executive Officer of Pag-IBIG, said as much against Trillanes.

“To say that we favor contractors in awarding housing projects is simply false because we do not award projects nor do we deal with contractors,” Bernerabe said.

“It is ufortunate that an allegation which discredits the integrity of Pag-IBIG fund is made, but the basis is not provided,” she added. —NB, GMA News

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