Grace Poe confirms signing report recommending plunder raps vs. VP Binay

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Senator Grace Poe (left) reverses roles with news photographers, taking the picture of newly elected Press Photographers of the Philippines officers shortly after their oath taking Monday at the Senate. Poe led the oath taking as chairman of the Committee for Public Information and Mass Media. (MNS Photo)

Senator Grace Poe (left) reverses roles with news photographers, taking the picture of newly elected Press Photographers of the Philippines officers shortly after their oath taking Monday at the Senate. Poe led the oath taking as chairman of the Committee for Public Information and Mass Media. (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe on Friday confirmed that she has signed the blue ribbon subcommittee report recommending the filing of a plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Poe is one of four senators who have signed the draft partial report of the subcommittee which is investigating allegations of corruption against the Vice President.

“I have read the subcommittee recommendation and found the same supported by documentary evidence as well as expert and personal testimonies that remain unrebutted by competent evidence to the contrary,” Poe said in a text message.

“As in the PDAF inquiry, I join my colleagues in seeking further investigation by the Ombudsman of the matter and the consequent filing of the appropriate criminal complaint which in this instance appears to be plunder,” she said.

The Senate has yet to officially release a copy of the draft report.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, who chairs the subcommittee, said he is leaving it up to the blue ribbon committee to release the report. The blue ribbon committee is headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona III.

At least nine of committee’s 17 members need to sign the report for it to become official.

Aside from Poe, those who have signed the draft report are Pimentel and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.

In a text message, Pimentel confirmed that Poe was the fourth senator to sign the draft report.

“Yes, si Grace ang fourth. That’s confirmed. She signed yesterday (Thursday) after lunch time,” Pimentel said. “Kapag nag-sign, ibig sabihin agree sya sa general message or finding of the report. Pwedeng mag-disagree sa details pero ang importante ay agree sa general tenor of the report.”

Ties between Poe, Binay

The ties between Poe and Binay dates back to the 2004 presidential elections.

At the time, Binay served as campaign manager of Poe’s father, the late Fernando Poe Jr.

During the 2013 polls, however, the Vice President’s United Nationalist Alliance dropped Poe and Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda as guest senatorial candidates after they skipped the party’s rallies and sorties.

Poe and Binay’s relationship seemed to turn sour after the neophyte senator said she does not see herself campaigning alongside the Vice President. This, after Binay said he is considering Poe as his runningmate in the 2016 presidential polls.

Meanwhile, in one of his speeches, the Vice President warned against voting “inexperienced” leaders in the 2016 polls.

Sought to comment, Poe said she believes more important in governance is honesty and quality of service. She had also asked Binay to appear before the Senate probe on the corruption allegations hurled againt him.

Para sa akin mapapatunayan lalo ‘yan (honesty) kung magpakita siya at i-esplika niya ang mga paratang laban sa kanya hindi lamang yung mga tagapagsalita niya, kasi kahit ako hindi mapapagkaila na may pinagsamahan kami, kaibigan namin siya pero hindi rin namin siya nakakausap tungkol dito. Gusto rin namin malaman,” Poe said in an earlier interview.

Poe is Binay’s closest rival for the presidency based on latest surveys. (MNS)

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