STANDOFF AT DASMARIÑAS CITY: "MY SON DESERVES SOME COURTESY"

VIDEO CLIP: The Dasmarinas guards stopped the Binay convoy, would not open the gate. Guards were held and then freed by Makati police on Nov 30. Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday defended his son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., against public criticism, saying his son deserved “some courtesy.” The Vice President, in a television interview, called the Inquirer report on the altercation between his son and security guards at Dasmariñas Village on Nov. 30 “distorted. From what I had gathered, I think it (the Inquirer report) was distorted from what really happened. Moreover, they (the parties) have already explained to each other and cleared the issues,” he added.

ALSO: Senator Binay takes up the cudgels for brother

Senator Nancy Binay on Saturday bristled at Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s comments about the behavior of her brother, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., during an altercation with security guards at an exclusive residential subdivision in Makati City three weeks ago. Dropping her pronouncement of a “first and last official statement about the incident” on Thursday, Senator Binay, an eyewitness to the incident, said Cayetano could have easily verified with her the “true circumstances” of the Nov. 30 altercation at Dasmariñas Village before talking to the press on Friday. Weighing in on the controversy on Friday, Cayetano said Vice President Jejomar Binay should tell his son to go on leave for 15 days to give way to an investigation of the incident by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. If indeed he’s running for President in 2016, the Vice President should set an example and dispel perception that political dynasties are abusive, Cayetano said.

ALSO: The Binays of Makati

Let’s not be surprised that Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and his sister, Sen. Nancy Binay, acted the way they did when they were prevented by guards at the posh Dasmariñas Village from using a gate of the subdivision. The three guards who didn’t raise the gate’s barrier to allow the Binays’ convoy to pass through were arrested by Makati policemen and detained for four hours. The Binay camp, however, said the guards voluntarily went to police headquarters.
The two children of Vice President Binay, Jun and Nancy, said the report on the incident was blown out of proportion by the Inquirer. This, despite a 24-minute video of the incident. The Binays not only want to show who’s the boss; they’re also not truthful.Read more bekow.....


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VP Binay: My son deserves courtesy

 
VIDEO CLIP: The Dasmarinas guards stopped the Binay convoy, would not open the gate.
Guards were held and then freed by Makati police.

MANILA, DECEMBER 23, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Gil Cabacungan, Jerome Aning - Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday defended his son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., against public criticism, saying his son deserved “some courtesy.”

The Vice President, in a television interview, called the Inquirer report on the altercation between his son and security guards at Dasmariñas Village on Nov. 30 “distorted.”

“What happened that night was related the following morning to me by Junjun. I said, it was saddening, but it was good that the reaction went well,” Binay said, referring to the settlement of the controversy.

“From what I had gathered, I think it (the Inquirer report) was distorted from what really happened. Moreover, they (the parties) have already explained to each other and cleared the issues,” he added.

“A little courtesy, please, to the mayor,” he said.

He said he did not know if his political enemies were behind the report.

Why Nancy?

The Vice President also deplored comments involving his daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, in the Dasmariñas Village incident.

“Why would there be an issue with Senator Nancy? She was just with the convoy,” he said.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian took the side of Mayor Binay.


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STANDOFF AT DASMARIÑAS Video sequence shows confrontation between Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (top, center) and Dasmariñas Village guards who barred his convoy from passing through Banyan gate on Nov. 30. Binay’s bodyguards later surrounded the gatekeepers. CONTRIBUTED/SCREEN GRAB

‘Not independent country’

“Dasmariñas Village is not an independent country. I personally believe that the actions of the security guards are uncalled for and that they totally disregarded the authority vested on Mayor Binay as the father and leader of the city,” Gatchalian said.

“As the city mayor, [he has jurisdiction over the entire Makati], including Dasmariñas Village. They should remember that the village is not an independent state and he should be allowed to move freely within the city’s territorial bounds,” he said.

Binay’s discretion

“The security guards should have realized in the first place that they were talking with their mayor and as a matter of showing respect and as a courtesy to him, they should have [quickly allowed him and his group out of the village],” he said.

Gatchalian said it was within Mayor Binay’s discretion to call the police and remove the security bar at the gate.
“If a mayor cannot enter or leave a property within the area of his jurisdiction because of supposed rules and regulations that were drawn and implemented by a group of private individuals, then this would surely diminish his effectiveness as the leader of his town or city,” Gatchalian said.

Senator Binay takes up the cudgels for brother By Leila B. Salaverria, TJ A. Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer


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Makati Mayor “Junjun” Binay Jr., Senator Nancy Binay and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano. INQUIRER/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOS

Senator Nancy Binay on Saturday bristled at Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s comments about the behavior of her brother, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., during an altercation with security guards at an exclusive residential subdivision in Makati City three weeks ago.

Dropping her pronouncement of a “first and last official statement about the incident” on Thursday, Senator Binay, an eyewitness to the incident, said Cayetano could have easily verified with her the “true circumstances” of the Nov. 30 altercation at Dasmariñas Village before talking to the press on Friday.

Weighing in on the controversy on Friday, Cayetano said Vice President Jejomar Binay should tell his son to go on leave for 15 days to give way to an investigation of the incident by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

If indeed he’s running for President in 2016, the Vice President should set an example and dispel perception that political dynasties are abusive, Cayetano said.

The Inquirer report about that incident has drawn the attention of Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice who said on Saturday that he would introduce a resolution for a House investigation of the Dasmariñas scandal to determine the extent of local officials’ power over police and see if this was being abused.

A video taken by security cameras at Dasmariñas showed Makati policemen aiding Mayor Binay in getting out of the village through a gate that was closed for security around midnight on Nov. 30.

Village security rules require the closing of the gate on Banyan Road to outgoing traffic after 10 p.m. Residents and guests should take the Palm Avenue gate, 150 meters away from the Banyan gate.

Mayor Binay, backed by a bodyguard with a cocked semiautomatic pistol and the policemen, had his way and left in a four-vehicle convoy through the Banyan gate.

The policemen took the security guards to their station but released them four hours later. No charges were filed against the security guards.

Arbitrary arrest

For that, Mayor Binay’s group and the policemen may be liable for arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention, according to lawyer Berteni Causing.

Writing on his blog, Causing described the incident as “bullying,” adding that Binay’s group and the policemen could also be liable for graft.

The video of the incident, which has gone viral on the Internet, is sufficient for any lawyer to bring a case against Binay’s group and the cops, Causing said.

Another lawyer, Mel Sta. Maria, dean of Far Eastern University Institute of Law, wrote in his online column on Friday that even the Supreme Court had recognized that an “invitation” to the police station had become a euphemism for an arrest without warrant.

Causing agreed, saying that the Supreme Court, in resolving a case last year, ruled that there is arrest when there is actual restraint of liberty or voluntary custody.

Saddening comments

Senator Binay said she had stayed away from the turf war between her brother and Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, the senator’s wife, over Bonifacio Global City to avoid an escalation of tensions between the two cities.

“I am not one who comments on every issue just to get publicity and advance any political plans,” she said in a new statement. “And it’s not my character to malign others just to be in the media limelight.”

Senator Binay said she was saddened by Cayetano’s comments, adding that he could have called her first before talking to journalists.

“As a colleague, he could have talked to me first so he would know the truth,” she said.

“I kept my peace at the height of the dispute between Makati and Taguig over Fort Bonifacio so as not to raise tensions. I kept quiet when employees of Taguig were seen on CCTV [cameras] entering McKinley Road in Makati acting in an aggressive manner,” she said.

She said she stayed out of the controversy to avoid being accused of politicking or “riding on an issue that involves my city and my family.”

‘Old issue’

Otherwise, she said the Binay family had moved on and so had the other parties, and they did not want the “old issue” to be blown up.

“As far as we’re concerned, that issue is over, yet apparently some people want to keep it alive,” she said.

“Just the same, I look forward to celebrating the season of love and understanding with my family,” she said.

By “old issue,” Senator Binay meant the Dasmariñas Village incident, which Erice said must be investigated in aid of legislation to see if mayors were giving illegal orders to police.

“This is prevalent not only in Metro Manila but in the whole country,” Erice said in a phone interview.

Erice condemned Mayor Binay’s treatment of the security guards. He said that going by what he had seen in the video, the rights of the security guards might have been violated and this, too, needed to be investigated.

Political dynasties

He said the Dasmariñas Village incident was one more reason why his bill prohibiting political dynasties should be enacted into law.

“Members of political dynasties act as if they are lords, as if they are gods in their districts, as if they are God’s gifts to humanity,” Erice said.

The Binays are one of the country’s political dynasties, with four members in public office: the Vice President, Senator Binay, a sister who serves in the House as Makati representative and Mayor Binay. The Vice President’s wife is a former mayor of Makati.

Erice disputed contentions that mayors could override security rules in private subdivisions, referring to the argument of Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian who said on Friday that as mayor, Binay had jurisdiction over the entire Makati, including Dasmariñas Village.

Erice said that as a former vice mayor, he knew that there must be a council resolution authorizing the closing or opening of subdivision gates or private roads.

Mayors cannot unilaterally order the opening or closing of private gates or roads, he said. With a report from Jerome Aning

INQUIRER: ON TARGET

The Binays of Makati By Ramon Tulfo Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:51 pm | Friday, December 20th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – A mango tree doesn’t bear a santol fruit.

Let’s not be surprised that Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and his sister, Sen. Nancy Binay, acted the way they did when they were prevented by guards at the posh Dasmariñas Village from using a gate of the subdivision.

In 1986 when their father, Jejomar Binay, was still officer in charge of Makati, he ordered the closure of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) clubhouse for refusing to let his children use the club’s swimming pool because they were not accompanied by a member.

I was a witness to the elder Binay’s abusive behavior. I couldn’t use the club gym at that time because of the closure.

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The three guards who didn’t raise the gate’s barrier to allow the Binays’ convoy to pass through were arrested by Makati policemen and detained for four hours. The Binay camp, however, said the guards voluntarily went to police headquarters.

The two children of Vice President Binay, Jun and Nancy, said the report on the incident was blown out of proportion by the Inquirer.

This, despite a 24-minute video of the incident.

The Binays not only want to show who’s the boss; they’re also not truthful.

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The Binays, the epitome of a political dynasty, think they own Makati City because of their power and influence.
The father is vice president of the Republic; and the children are senator, mayor and congresswoman.

The mother used to be mayor who temporarily manned the fort for her husband when his three consecutive terms expired.

If you go around the city, you’ll find the letter “B”—with a tail—painted on walls in public places.

The “B” sign, which looks like a brand on cattle, stands for Binay, of course.

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Mayor Junjun goes around with a convoy of police bodyguards apparently to show that he’s the city’s boss.
The incident at the Dasmariñas Village was not the first time the mayor bared his fangs.

In the Dasmariñas incident, Junjun Binay was quoted by a source as saying to the guards, “Kilala ba ninyo ako? (Do you know me)?”

In another incident that took place at Rockwell Mall basement parking early this year, the younger Binay allegedly figured in an altercation with an Israeli whose car got ahead of his car in an empty parking slot.

During a heated exchange of words between Binay and the Israeli, the mayor allegedly blurted out to the foreigner, “Don’t you know me? I own this city.”

The Israeli left the country months later.

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The shooting at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3, which killed a town mayor and several others, was an incident waiting to happen.

Angel Honrado, Manila International Airport Authority general manager, doesn’t allow members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to keep the peace at the airport complex, which is their mandate.

Instead, Honrado has ordered the airport police, who are glorified security guards, to patrol the airport premises.
The airport police are not only as inefficient as Honrado, they’re also a bunch of goofs.


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