• Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte said running after VP Binay is not a priority
  • Duterte said Binay called up and congratulated him
  • The Office of the Ombudsman is expected to file criminal charges against the vice president once he steps down from office next month

Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte said pursuing graft cases against outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay is not a priority.

In a televised interview, Duterte said during his phone conversion with the vice president that filing charges against him is not a chief concern of a Duterte administration.

“The vice president called up, greeted me and said congratulations. And I said Thank you. I then mentioned that he had no problems with me. I am not the only one who enforces the law. I will not go around finding faults. I would rather spend my time looking for solutions,” Duterte said.

Binay ranked fourth in the recently concluded presidential election. His poor showing in the polls was attributed to the graft charges over the alleged anomalous purchases during his stint as mayor of Makati City.

John Paolo Bencito mentioned in his article for The Standard published on May 16, 2016 that the Office of the Ombudsman is expected to file criminal charges against the vice president when his immunity from suit expires after he steps down from office next month.

Vice President Binay’s camp confirmed the phone conversation with the incoming president. His spokesman, Joey Salgado, said VP Binay made the call on Thursday, May 12, and addressed Duterte as “Mr. President.”

“We confirm that Vice President Binay has talked to presumptive President-elect Duterte. He extended his congratulations and wished Duterte all the best,” Salgado said.

Former Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, Jr., the vice president’s son who was present during the phone conversation, described the conversation as “cordial, filled with laughter, which is not surprising considering their ties.”