Vice President Jejomar Binay disclosed Thursday the reason he backed out from the mutiny led by then Navy officer, now senator, Antonio Trillanes IV against the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007.
Binay said he decided not to join the protest action because the agenda of those pushing for it were not fully disclosed to them.
“Alam mo si Mr. Trillanes, napakasinungaling na tao n’yan. ‘Yon e hindi na ako sumama. Pero hindi lang ako, ha? Kami nila Bro. Mike ay hindi na sumama no’ng bandang huli kasi maraming agenda na hindi naman sinasabi ro’n sa mga sumasama,” he said in a radio interview.
He did not elaborate who he meant by “Bro.Mike.”
Trillanes said Binay, then mayor of Makati City, backed out at the last minute from participating in the protest action that led to the failed Manila Peninsula siege. He said Binay was with them when they were still planning the protest march.
The vice president’s camp initially denied Trillanes’ claim.
Binay said Trillanes has a messianic complex or a belief that he can save the world or mankind.
“Nu’ng nagkita kami n’yan no’ng s’ya ay nakakulong, sinabi n’ya, ‘(Iniwanan) mo kami. We requested you to do these things. You never did it.’ E may messianic complex ‘yan. Sabagay hanggang ngayon naman,” he said.
“Alam mo ba na sa kanyang pag-aakala, e ‘yong sa Ayala, magbababaan kagaya no’ng sa EDSA 1 at susuporta. Wala namang bumaba. Kaya napilitan silang mag-retreat, napunta sa [Manila] Peninsula. May messianic complex. S’ya ang magaling. Pero ‘pag tiningnan mo naman ‘yong mga pinaggaganyan e napaka-questionable,” Binay added.
Trillanes is one of the senators leading the Senate investigation on alleged corruption during Binay’s stint as Makati mayor. Binay’s son, Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., is the sitting mayor of Makati City.
Vice President Binay was accused of involvement in the alleged overpricing in the construction of Makati City Hall Building II and Makati Science High School, bid rigging, and receiving kickbacks.
He was also accused of owning a 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas and a log cabin in Tagaytay Highlands that were not reflected in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.