- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants ‘Hacienda Binay’ converted into drug rehab facility
- He urged the Duterte government to immediately sequester the estate and make good use of it
- Trillanes added the place would be ideal for drug suspects to isolate them and reform them before they are reintroduced back to the society
MANILA, Philippines – As the number of self-confessed drug addicts and pushers who voluntarily surrendered to authorities continue to increase over the past two weeks, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV suggested that the administration should make use of the controversial ‘Hacienda Binay’ which is linked to the former vice president.
‘Hacienda Binay’ is the 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas which is alleged to be owned by former Vice President Jejomar Binay. It became the center of investigation at the height of the Senate probe on Binay’s alleged ill-gotten wealth last year.
In a recent interview with GMA News, Trillanes raised the possibility of the Duterte administration sequestering the controversial estate and converting it into a rehabilitation facility amid the growing numbers of drug addicts who presented themselves to authorities since the new president assumed office last June 30.
“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,” Trillanes told GMA News.
Trillanes added that since the farm in question was illegally-acquired and found to have violated the agrarian reform law, the Duterte government should immediately act to seize the property and turn it into a drug treatment and rehabilitation service.
The senator said the place would be ideal for drug suspects to isolate them and reform them before they are reintroduced back to the society.
“Any serious anti-illegal drug drive should include a rehabilitation program for drug users. We must treat and rehabilitate them, and prepare them for social reintegration,” he added.
Complete with man-made lagoons, an air-conditioned piggery and a British palace garden, the scandalously-huge ‘Hacienda Binay’ is described by witness former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado as that of the size of six Luneta Parks, or ten Cubaos or Araneta Centers, or half the size of San Juan City.