Thursday, November 06, 2014


Vice President Jejomar C. Binay last week decried the recent move of the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee to drag his youngest daughter into their effort to malign his name.

Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano on Thursday, October 30, 2014 presented photos posted on Instagram by Binay’s youngest daughter showing her inside the Batangas estate owned by Sunchamp.

Binay said that contrary to Cayetano’s claims, having a photo taken inside the property does not prove ownership of the estate.

Binay also slammed the blatant disregard for protocol of the senate subcommittee when they prevented United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) Interim Secretary General JV Bautusta and UNA Interim President Tobias Tiangco from attending the hearing.

Binay also appealed to members of the subcommittee to raise the standards of politics and not resort to mudslinging.

On the other hand, the architect who has been named by former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado as the one who designed a rest house in a farm estate in Rosario, Batangas purportedly owned by the family of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has vehemently denied the claim, saying that his signature on the supposed design proposal was forged.

The purported written proposal, which was allegedly submitted by Architect Rodolfo R. Bongato to JCB Farms, Inc. on September 10, 1997, was reported in a front page story of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and presented by Mercado at the Senate hearing.

In an affidavit executed on October 30, Bongato attested that he never submitted such a proposal and that it was “obviously a FORGERY” as the signature that appears above his name “is not even remotely similar to my real signature.”

“I have never designed a rest house for JCB Farms in Rosario, Batangas or in any other location. The signature over my printed name as appearing in the proposal is not mine. It is a clear FORGERY as I have never signed the same,” Bongato stated.

Bongato also noted in his affidavit that the price quoted in the said proposal was not the “normal price” which he charged for the scope of services stated therein.

“I am executing this affidavit to attest to the truth of the foregoing facts and BELIE in the strongest possible terms the genuineness and authenticity of the said proposal and anyone who will be peddling the same as genuine is committing a BLATANT LIE,” he stated.

Rodolfo R. Bongato is a member of the United Architects of the Philippines. /MP 

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