VP Binay withdraws debate with Antonio Trillanes

On his 72nd birthday, Vice President Jejomar Binay backed out from the supposed to be much-anticipated debate with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, telling he does not like to be perceived as oppressive and opportunistic.

Binay, just celebrated his birthday at the Philippine Marines headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, added during a radio interview, ““It’s final, it’s final. My decision won’t change,”

“Ang dahilan ko mga kababayan e dahil sa marami na akong naririnig na ako ay ganito…ako ay mahusay, ako ay naging debater, ako ay abogado, e sobra na ‘tong mga sinabi niyang ganyan na kumpirmadong sinabi niya, e ayaw ko naman hong maging..ang pagkakalilala niyo sa aking mga kababayan ay mapang-api, mapagsamantala…so tama na po ‘yun,” he said.

After declining to appear in the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing to answer the alleged accusations of corruption against him, the Vice-President has withdrawn to the scheduled November 27 debate. Binay was the first to challenge Trillanes for a public debate in an ambush interview on Oct. 22. After hearing of the challenge, Trillanes immediately accepted it.

While Trillanes admitted Monday that he has been preparing for the debate, after finding out Binay’s withdrawal, the senator said in a radio interview that this one should destroy whatever credibility was left of him (Binay).

Though the debate between Binay and Trillanes is dead, the search for truth in the senate blue ribbon sub-committee will contine next week.

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