Binay’s camp denies Dasma ‘arrest’

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

MANILA -- The spokesperson of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. denied Thursday a newspaper report that three security guards of a posh village were arrested after Binay’s four-car convoy was refused to exit through a restricted gate.

Binay's spokesperson and chief information officer Joey Salgado slammed the Philippine Daily Inquirer for publishing a "false and malicious" report.

Salgado said no arrests were made and that in fact, the security guards "volunteered to go with the police."

In his official Facebook account, Salgado said that according to Makati City police chief Senior Superintendent Manuel Lukban, the security guards left the police precinct after an hour and not four hours as reported.

"The video bears this out. This was also clarified by both the owner of the security agency, Mr. Ram Antonio, and the Makati chief of police in their interviews, but PDI opted to bury their statements," Salgado said.

The mayor's spokesperson said Antonio apologized for the "lapses in providing security assistance to the mayor, a courtesy extended to all visiting VIPs."

A resident of the village who refused to be identified, however, said that the three security guards have been detained and verbally assaulted by a police official named "Quilala" when the incident transpired on the midnight of November 30.

"I was there when it happened. The guards were detained inside the jail in Makati Police Station and was verbally assaulted by high-ranking police official Quilala, saying he is the mayor and anytime he can claim territory, including security matters," the resident told Sun.Star.

The source added that the concerned security guards were assigned elsewhere in the village after the incident.

Mayor Binay is the son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the likely standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance in the 2016 elections. He is also the brother of Senator Nancy Binay.

Senator Binay said the newspaper report had "glaring biases and bends" and that the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage did not capture what transpired at the Banyan Road gate of the village.

A copy of the CCTV was uploaded by a user named Joel Cudia at video-sharing website YouTube with the title "3 Dasma guards who stopped Binay convoy held, freed."

Watch this video:

"It is apparent that there are people bent on putting the name of my family in bad light... No amount of explanation would satisfy those who have never-ending dislike for our family," the neophyte senator said. (Sunnex)

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