Roxas: COA report proves Binay not worthy of presidency

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United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer Jojo Binay and Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas.

Cavite (CNN Philippines) — Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II on Thursday (March 10) said a special audit report on the controversial Makati Parking Building II is solid proof Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay should not be the country's next president.

He said Binay should not be given the chance to do the whole nation what he did in Makati.

"Ito ba ang nais nilang iboto? Itong ginawa sa Makati ang klarong halimbawa kung anong klaseng pamumuno ang ginawa sa Makati," Roxas said. "Tapos ngayon sasabihin ni Vice President Binay na dadalhin niya ito sa buong Pilipinas? Wag naman, kawawa naman ang ating bansa."

[Translation: Is this the one who they want to vote? What was done in Makati is a clear example of the kind of leadership in Makati. Now, Vice President Binay is saying that he will bring this to the entire Philippines? I hope not, our country will be in a sorry state."]

The special audit report supposedly recommends sanctions against Binay over alleged administrative violations in the construction of the parking building.

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Roxas again challenged Binay to explain the procurement and budgeting of the P2.3 billion project.

"Ito na yung panawagan ng ating mga kababayan, panawagan ito ng senado, panawagan ito ng Ombudsman... Paano ang isang project simula sa humigit kumulang P350 million pesos, umabot at lumobo sa P3.2 billion. So, times 10 halos ang nilobo nito," Roxas said.

[Translation: This has been the call of our countrymen, our Senate, our Ombudsman... How can one project, which started at approximately P350 million pesos, reach and balloon to P3.2 billion? So, it almost ballooned ten times."]

For the administration bet, who is campaigning on the anti-corruption 'Daang Matuwid' platform, voters should seriously consider the COA report when thinking about who to vote for in this year's elections.

Binay camp: COA violating own rules

The camp of Binay, meanwhile, blasted the COA report claiming it is incomplete and that the commission can be "held liable for violating a 2015 resolution and its own rules."

"The commission could be held liable for violating COA Resolution No. 2015-033 dated September 29, 2015, prohibiting the conduct of special audit against candidates of the 2016 elections," UNA president Tony Tiangco said.

UNA claimed the resolution stated that no fraud or special audits should be done between October 12, 2015 up until May 9, 2016.

Tiangco also belied reports that Binay's camp appealed for COA to release the report after this year's elections.

"VP Binay never pleaded for COA to withhold the release of the report. The commission is composed mostly of Liberal Party appointees. What power does he have over them?" Tiangco said.

Poll postponement

On the possible postponement of the elections, Roxas said there's enough time for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to figure things out.

"Nakatakda itong mga petsang ito, I think nasa Saligang Batas yan at hindi basta basta nai-po-postpone yan," Roxas said.

[Translation: "Dates are already set, I think it is in our Constitution and you can't just postpone that."]

The poll body recently said postponing the elections is among the options following a high court decision ordering the printing of voter receipts.

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The administration bet continues to woo voters around the country, this time visiting five towns around Cavite, a Binay bailiwick.

He dropped by a manufacturing company in Imus and met with various sectors in Bacoor.

Later today, Roxas with his running mate Rep. Leni Robredo will be joined by President Benigno Aquino III for a campaign rally in Dasmariñas.