- Last Thursday, former Vice President Jejomar Binay was charged for illegally acquiring the ‘Hacienda Binay,’ a 350-acre farm located in Batangas
- Today, Senator Trillanes advised Duterte’s administration to transform the farm in a drug rehabilitation and treatment facility
- According to Trillanes, this would support Duterte’s war against drugs
Earlier today, June 17, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV requested that 350-acre farm known as ‘Hacienda Binay’ located in Batangas be appropriated and transformed into a facility for drug rehabilitation and treatment.
According to Senator Trillanes, the 350-acre farm – which former Vice President Binay allegedly illegally acquired from businessman Antonio Tiu – is perfect for treatment and rehabilitation due to its size and peaceful environment.
The former Vice President is currently under investigation, with the Office of the Ombudsman officially charging Binay for malversation, corruption, and falsification of public documents for allegedly engineering the illegal procurement of construction of the P2.28-billion Makati Parking Building II.
“During the hearings conducted by the Senate on the anomalies involving then VP Binay, it was raised that the 350-hectare farm, allegedly owned by VP Binay, was illegally acquired and violated the agrarian reform law” the Senator said.
Trillanes claims that the sequestering of the vast farm would be more beneficial as a rehabilitation and treatment center.
Furthermore, the Senator adds that the conversion of the property is urgent, pointing to Duterte’s war against drugs. With a large number of drug users turning themselves to the police, a concrete program must be implemented and facilities be built in order to meet the influx of druggies.
“There are thousands of self-confessed drug dependents who have surrendered to the authorities, but, aside from monitoring, the government has yet to implement a concrete program to ensure that these drug users will not return to their old ways. We do not have a concrete plan, as well as facilities, to rehabilitate them,” he said.
President Duterte won the elections on the platform of rooting illegal drug trade in his first six months in office.
Trillanes claims that in order for Duterte to be successful to clean the streets of drugs, rehabilitation and treatment must also be high on the list of priorities. Drug users must be prepared for social reintegration.
Now citizen Binay has paid P376,000 for bail. - NB, Kami Media