Binay camp to 'insulted' police official: Name emissary

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (L) confronts Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias of the Southern Police District and ground commander of the police contingent in front of the Makati city hall.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) gives Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias a mouthful and dares him to identify the emissary who allegedly called him up to mend fences with VP Jejomar Binay.

In a statement on Thursday (July 2), Rico Quicho — Binay's spokesperson for political affairs — described Jamias as an abusive police officer and a liar.

"His predilection for lying and his abusive actions disgrace the professional men and women of the PNP," Quicho said.

Earlier, Jamias told reporters that a known supporter of the Vice President had called him up twice to arrange for a personal meeting with Binay, who allegedly wanted to apologize for a heated argument with the Makati police last Monday night.

Quicho denied there was such a person or incident. "We dare Jamias: Name names," he said.

He then went on to hark back to Jamias' track record, saying the police official's name had been dragged into illegal activities — while taking a swipe at Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is the presumed standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party and a likely archrival of Binay for the presidency next year.

"Jamias exemplifies the abusive police officer who should be weeded out but instead pampered by the DILG secretary," Quicho said.

And contrary to Jamias' claims, Quicho said it was the police contingent at the city hall quadrangle — specifically Chief Insp. Gideon Ines — who manhandled Binay's supporters.

Rico Quicho.png Atty. Rico Quicho from the Office of the Vice President.  

However, Jamias stood his ground and held that it was Binay and his followers who crossed the line that led to a fracas that night.

And for this, he — along with other police officers — were set to file complaints of  oral defamation, threat, physical injuries and direct assault against Binay.

"Aking itutuloy and kaso laban sa VP para patunayan na lahat, mayaman o mahirap, ay pantay-pantay sa batas."

[I will pursue charges against the VP to show that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law.]

CNN Philippines' Paul Garcia contributed to this report.