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COURT BACKS JUNJUN BINAY, COURT ORDERED GOVT  TO RESPECT TRO; OMBUDSMAN TO BRING CA RESOLUTION TO SC


APRIL 7...Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA
The Court of Appeals (CA) yesterday issued an extended stay order for an indefinite period against the preventive suspension meted out by the Office of the Ombudsman to Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. who is being investigated for corruption over the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall Building II. In a resolution written by Justice Jose Reyes Jr., the appellate court’s Sixth Division said it decided to issue the writ of preliminary injunction “following an assiduous inspection of available data and guided by jurisprudential guideposts.” The court said it was “enjoining” the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and their agents and/or representatives from enforcing the Ombudsman’s March 10 order preventively suspending Binay for six months. The court also ordered the respondents “to preserve and respect the status quo before the issuance of the [Ombudsman’s preventive suspension] order.” READ MORE...

ALSO: SC orders orals on Binay suspension row; Trillanes immediately sans proof, claims bribery
APRIL 8...[To this ruling of the CA favoring the Makati Mayor, there went Sen. Antonio Trillanes, a bitter foe of the Binays, claiming, without any proof to substantiate his claim,that money had changed hands between the CA justices and the Binays, which is a very serious charge but one which Trillanes said would be exposed by him at a future time.]


TRILLANES  
Oral arguments have been ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) on the petition filed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who has insisted on the implementation of the anti-graft office’s order to place Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay under preventive suspension.A writ of preliminary injunction had earlier been handed down by the Court of Appeals (CA) effectively extending the original temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the sixth division of the appellate court in favor of Binay’s continued stay. To this ruling of the CA favoring the Makati Mayor, there went Sen. Antonio Trillanes, a bitter foe of the Binays, claiming, without any proof to substantiate his claim,that money had changed hands between the CA justices and the Binays, which is a very serious charge but one which Trillanes said would be exposed by him at a future time. Trillanes is known to come up with allegations against persons which he has failed to prove everytime.READ MORE...

ALSO: Give it a rest, De Lima tells Makati vice mayor


APRIL 11...DE LIMA 
JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima exhorted Makati City Vice Mayor Romulo Peña on Friday to give up his post as acting mayor and comply with the Court of Appeals’ writ of preliminary injunction against the suspension of Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.
“Strictly speaking, there is a need to abide by the CA order for the meantime, while the Supreme Court is hearing the petition of the Ombudsman,” De Lima said in an interview as Peña insisted he was still “acting mayor” of Makati. According to De Lima, Peña should comply with the order while the Ombudsman is questioning the CA injunction order before the high court, which is set to hear next week oral arguments regarding the case. She said the writ of preliminary injunction issued by the sixth division of the CA has settled the confusion caused by the TRO issued by the appellate court earlier. “The Court of Appeals has clarified the scope of the injunction, which was missing in the earlier TRO. I think that this TRO has more or less addressed the confusion already,” she stressed. READ MORE...

ALSO: Peña wrote to Roxas: Clarify ‘acting mayor’ status


APRIL 11...Mar Roxas File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Makati Vice Mayor Romulo Peña wrote Interior Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday, asking for the clarification of his status as the city’s “acting mayor.”  He wrote the letter in the wake of a decision by the Court of Appeals (CA) to issue a writ of preliminary injunction last April 8, indefinitely stopping the enforcement of a preventive suspension order by the Office of Ombudsman on Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.  In his two-page letter, Peña asked Roxas for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directive. He stressed he is not a party to the case and has not received any official notices from the CA.  Peña said he became acting mayor last March 16 when the DILG served the ombudsman’s March 10 joint order, which placed Binay and other city officials under preventive suspension while under investigation for the alleged anomalies in the construction of a city hall parking building. READ MORE...

ALSO Trillanes: I will expose Binay paid justices for Makati City TRO; will initiate another probe in Senate today Monday


APRIL 8...Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday alleged that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s family had bought a crucial injunction from the Court of Appeals as he denounced the appellate court ruling that stopped the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. “One of these days, we will expose them: who had fronted for them, who they had talked to, how much they paid. Eventually, we will bring that all out,” said Trillanes, who initiated the Senate investigation into corrupt practices in Makati which has been ruled by a succession of Binay family members for almost 30 years. “That is proof that our justice system is corrupt,” Trillanes told reporters in a phone patch interview. According to the senator, he had received “information” that the Binays had spent “big money” to secure the injunction. No comment The Supreme Court has begged off from commenting on the most recent allegations that court resolutions at the Court of Appeals (CA) were for sale, saying the high court does not comment on such statements. READ MORE...

inay dares Trillanes to charge CA justices

 



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ALSO: Binay dares Trillanes to charge CA justices


APRIL 9...MEN IN BARONG Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay arrive with their bodyguards at the SMX Convention Center on Wednesday in Pasay City. JOAN BONDOC
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday warned Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that he could be cited in contempt by the Court of Appeals for alleging that the Binay family had paid the court in exchange for stopping the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. Binay instead challenged Trillanes to file graft and corruption charges against the appellate court justices whom the senator had allegedly said were fixed. But Trillanes was unperturbed by Binay’s warning, saying that he intended to ask the Senate to investigate his new allegations against the Vice President. “We will get to that,” the senator said in a text message in reply to the query whether he would heed Binay’s challenge for him to file cases against those in the appellate court. He said he would file a resolution in the Senate “calling for an investigation about this.”  “Eventually, the Vice President and the justices in his pocket will go down,” said Trillanes, who initiated the ongoing Senate inquiry into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II that was built when the Vice President was mayor and was completed under his son’s term. READ MORE...

ALSO: VP Binay shrugs off claims of bribery in son’s case


APRIL 9...Binay 
VICE President Jejomar Binay lashed out Wednesday at his political enemy Senator Antonio Trillanes for accusing him of bribing the Court of Appeals to stop the preventive suspension of his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.
“That’s contempt of court,” the older Binay said. “Trillanes should be held liable for his allegations.”  He added that the charge was typical of Trillanes, whose expertise was “to accuse, destroy reputations and insult” his enemies with no proof. In a radio interview Tuesday, Trillanes said a huge amount of money changed hands to get the Court of Appeals 6th Division to grant Mayor Binay’s petition for a preliminary injunction to stop the Ombudsman from enforcing its suspension order against him. “It is the rule of law,” the Vice President said. “The Court of Appeals [issued a] temporary restraining order on my son’s suspension. READ MORE...

ALSO: Court stops Delfin Lee from appearing in Senate probe vs. Binay


APRIL 12 ...Detained real estate developer Delfin Lee. GMA NEWS SCREENGRAB 
A Pampanga court has barred detained real estate developer Delfin Lee from appearing at the resumption of the Senate probe on allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay. Lee will have to skip the Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday after a Pampanga court reversed an earlier ruling allowing him to attend the probe. A report aired on “Balitanghali” Sunday quoted Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as saying that the San Fernando Regional Trial Court Branch 42 reversed the decision after the Department of Justice (DOJ) opposed granting Lee temporary liberty to appear at the Senate. Last year, the court had allowed Lee to testify at the Senate on the Globe Asiatique housing anomaly. He is under detention over charges of syndicated estafa.

Trillanes had named the Filipino-Chinese businessman as one of the new resource persons who will testify on the corruption allegations against Binay. He said Lee’s revelation will “pin down” the vice president but refused to give details. Despite Lee’s absence, Trillanes said the Senate blue ribbon committee’s hearing on Monday will continue since the businessman will send his lawyer to read a prepared statement. Trillanes also vowed to show new evidence which he claimed will directly link Binay to allegations of wrongdoing. Binay hands off in Lee case However, the senator accused the vice president’s camp of influencing the judge handling Lee’s case to prevent the businessman from attending the Senate hearing. READ MORE...

ALSO: Senate, CA on ‘collision course’ over Trillanes bribe claim


APRIL 11...TRILLANES
The Senate appears to be on a collision course with the judiciary again as one of its members is out to seek an inquiry into the alleged bribery involving Court of Appeals (CA) following the issuance of a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the implementation of the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension order against Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday disclosed to reporters his filing of a resolution on Monday to effect the conduct of an investigation on the allegation he himself first disclosed earlier this week. The lawmaker even vowed to name the alleged corrupt CA justices involved in the issuance of rulings favorable to the Makati mayor and supposed to have received huge sum of money from the Binays in the resolution he will introduce next week. READ MORE...

ALSO: Makati Rep. Mar-len Abigail Binay comes to dad's defense, explains source of Binays' P630-M wealth


APRIL 12...Makati City Rep Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay 
Although Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is keeping mum on the new allegations of corruption he claims to have against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati City Rep. Mar-len Abigail Binay has taken it upon herself to explain what she thinks will be tackled at the resumption of the Senate’s hearing against her father Monday— her parents' wealth.
In a statement, Rep. Binay said her family can fully account for the P254 million in bank deposits that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) claims her father had accumulated from 2007 to 2014. She said a study of the the cash flow statements of the vice president and his wife, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, will show they have accumulated P630.9 million over the past 27 years. Of this amount, over P330 million came from JCB Farms, a piggery business which the vice president started in 1994 with a P400,000 capital while P14 million came from his salaries as a public official from 1986 to 2013, Rep. Binay said.

In addition, the vice president had collected more than P4 million in professional fees from his law practice while his wife earned more than P49 million from her flower shop business, Blooms and Bouquets. Also included in the cash flow is over P13 million in excess campaign contributions of the vice president, which his daughter said he disclosed in the Statement of Contribution and Expenditures he filed with the Commission on Elections. Rep. Binay said her father had disposed of his business interests for a profit in JCB Farms, as well as his investments in shares of stocks, following his victory in the 2010 national elections. Sources of wealth can be verified --The lawmaker said her parents’ wealth and their sources can be verified in the annual Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and income tax returns (ITR) they have filed over the years. READ MORE...


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CA backs Binay, orders gov’t to respect TRO; Ombudsman to question CA resolution before SC 


Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, APRIL 13, 2015 (INQUIRER) Jerome C. Aning @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:51 AM | Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) yesterday issued an extended stay order for an indefinite period against the preventive suspension meted out by the Office of the Ombudsman to Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. who is being investigated for corruption over the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall Building II.

In a resolution written by Justice Jose Reyes Jr., the appellate court’s Sixth Division said it decided to issue the writ of preliminary injunction “following an assiduous inspection of available data and guided by jurisprudential guideposts.”

The court said it was “enjoining” the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and their agents and/or representatives from enforcing the Ombudsman’s March 10 order preventively suspending Binay for six months.

The court also ordered the respondents “to preserve and respect the status quo before the issuance of the [Ombudsman’s preventive suspension] order.”

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Binay, in turn was directed to post a P500,000 bond as a condition for the effectivity of the writ. The bond “shall answer for whatever damages which may be sustained by reason of the preliminary injunction in the event that it is finally decided that the petitioner is not entitled thereto.”

Other division members, Justices Francisco Acosta and Eduardo Peralta Jr., concurred in the ruling.

The writ of preliminary injunction will stop the enforcement of Binay’s suspension during the pendency of the certiorari case he filed in the court on March 12. The writ thus extends the 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the court on March 26.

Mayor happy

With the Court of Appeals granting Binay’s writ of preliminary injunction, the mayor’s camp said they were very happy with the latest development.

Binay’s lawyer Claro Certeza said that his client was glad that the appellate court believed in his arguments in stopping the enforcement of his suspension.

“He can now focus on his duties in serving the residents of Makati,” said Certeza, who noted that the intervention of the DILG and Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr., who claims to be the acting mayor after Binay’s suspension, had created confusion among the people of Makati.

The Office of the Ombudsman and the DILG refused to recognize the TRO, saying it was moot because the Ombudsman’s order had been served hours before and Peña had been sworn in as acting mayor on March 16.

Two in charge

Binay and Peña both claim that they are in charge of Makati, with the former holding office on the 21st floor of City Hall and the latter staying at the old City Hall building nearby.

Asked for comment on the CA decision, Peña said that he will have to confide first with his lawyers.

“I have not received any news about it but we will be awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter,” Peña added, noting that he will only step down if the high court asks him to.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales went to the Supreme Court on March 25 to assail the appellate court’s TRO on the suspension of Binay. She cited the Ombudsman’s independence and underscored the importance of enforcing Binay’s six-month suspension while he was being investigated for the alleged overprice in the construction of Makati City Hall Building II.

Despite the appellate court’s decision putting on hold its suspension order against Binay, the Office of the Ombudsman is not about to give up the fight.

In a statement issued Monday night, the antigraft body said it would bring the matter to the Supreme Court “as the final arbiter” of legal issues.

It said the high court “should, once and for all, settle the constitutional and legal issues” regarding questions over the appeals court’s authority to stop the Ombudsman from preventively suspending an elected public official “facing grave administrative charges.”

“The Ombudsman is unfazed by the CA resolution,” the Ombudsman said.

“Over and above the constitutional and legal issues, this is a matter involving the people’s desire to know the truth in cases involving corruption and public accountability,” it added.

It said Morales “stands by her authority to place Mayor Binay under preventive suspension.”

“Such legal measure is intended to prevent a public official from using the vast powers of his office to tamper with evidence and harass witnesses in order to thwart the investigation of corruption charges,” the antigraft body said.

It added: “Without such authority, any corruption investigation conducted by the (Ombudsman) would be delayed and seriously obstructed.”

In a statement, undersecretary for public safety Peter Corvera said the DILG would seek “guidance and clarification” from the Office of the Ombudsman on how the department would implement the injunction stopping the implementation of a suspension order against Binay.

The appeals justices said they agreed with Binay that circumstances mentioned in the rules of court and Supreme Court decisions existed to justify the issuance of the writ, namely, “[that] the invasion of a right sought to be protected is material and substantial, [that] the right of the complainant is clear and unmistakable, and [that] there is an urgent and paramount necessity for the writ to prevent serious damage.”

SC ruling

The justices also applied a Supreme Court ruling in the 2009 case Garcia v. Court of Appeals wherein it was declared that “the suspension from office of an elective official, whether as a preventive measure or as a penalty, will undeservedly deprive the electorate of the services of the person they have conscientiously chosen and voted into office.”

The court disagreed with the argument of the Ombudsman that Binay should just raise in his counteraffidavit his defense of condonation.

Binay said his reelection in 2013 extinguished any administrative liability for the alleged anomalies in contracts that were signed during his first term of office. Thus, he said, checks he signed for the contractor after his reelection were valid.

The justices noted that the acts constituting the charges in the complaint against Binay pertained to events from November 2007, when the City Council passed an ordinance allocating P1.24 billion for the parking building.

“[T]o subscribe to respondent Ombudsman’s submission that condonation can only be appreciated by the investigating body after it is ventilated as an exculpation by petitioner and considered solely by [the Ombudsman], following the exercise of its investigative power, will ignore the Court’s constitutional power and duty to evaluate factual and legal foundations for, nay, impediments to, a preventive suspension in an administrative case,” the resolution said.

The justices also explained the parameters of the TRO they earlier issued. Citing Supreme Court jurisprudence, they said a TRO “seeks to restrain a party until the propriety of granting a temporary injunction can be determined. It goes no further than to preserve that status quo until that determination.”

“Now the status quo refers to ‘the last actual peaceable uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy.’ Therefore, the status quo could not be that were [Binay] was preventively suspended since the suspension did not precede the present controversy; it is the controversy,” the appeals court ruled.

The justices also negated the Office of the Ombudsman’s argument that the law creating it prohibited courts from issuing TROs on its decisions and findings. They said the Supreme Court had clarified that what the Court of Appeals could not obstruct via injunction was the decision of the Ombudsman in an administrative case, not interlocutory orders such as preventive suspension orders.

The justices also hinted their displeasure at the Ombudsman and the DILG’s contention that the TRO was already moot and could no longer be enforced since the preventive suspension order had been served on Binay and an acting mayor had taken over the city government.

De Lima’s defense

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, meanwhile, submitted to the Court of Appeals her comments on the Binay camp’s petition to cite her for contempt for allegedly violating the TRO.

READ: De Lima: ‘Why cite us in contempt of court’

“I cannot be cited for contempt. First and foremost, the TRO is not directed to me. I’m not a party to the [certiorari] case [filed by Binay to question his suspension]. The TRO was never directed to me, so how can I be accused of disobedience or defiance [of the court]?” De Lima told reporters in an interview when asked about the gist of her comment.

“Number two, did I undermine the processes of the court? Of course not, because that’s just their opinion, and there was never any intention on my part to disrespect the Court of Appeals. What’s their (Binay camp’s) basis? None,” she added.

She reiterated that the legal opinion she issued for the DILG was merely “advisory in nature and [for] legal guidance.” Like the Ombudsman, De Lima took the position that the TRO was already moot and academic because the suspension order had already been served and the acting mayor had been sworn into office. With reports from Marlon Ramos, Julie M. Aurelio and Maricar B. Brizuela


TRIBUNE

SC orders orals on Binay suspension row; once again, Trillanes sans proof, claims bribery  Written by Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00 By Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales


TRILLANES

Oral arguments have been ordered by the Supreme Court (SC) on the petition filed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who has insisted on the implementation of the anti-graft office’s order to place Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay under preventive suspension.

A writ of preliminary injunction had earlier been handed down by the Court of Appeals (CA) effectively extending the original temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the sixth division of the appellate court in favor of Binay’s continued stay.

To this ruling of the CA favoring the Makati Mayor, there went Sen. Antonio Trillanes, a bitter foe of the Binays, claiming, without any proof to substantiate his claim,that money had changed hands between the CA justices and the Binays, which is a very serious charge but one which Trillanes said would be exposed by him at a future time.

Trillanes is known to come up with allegations against persons which he has failed to prove everytime.

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Malacañang’s lawyers insist the CA has no authority to stop an order of the Ombudsman in Binay’s case as the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman had not been questioned before the CA.
In summer session in Baguio City yesterday, Justices of the High Court agreed to set oral arguments on the case next Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m., to hear the sides of Morales and Binay before deciding on whether or not to issue its own TRO stopping the CA order.

The SC has set the hearing after receiving Binay’s comment, which sought the dismissal of the Ombudsman’s petition for lack of merit.

In a 46-page comment filed through lawyer Claro Certeza, the mayor stressed that the issuance of the TRO is well within the mandate, authority and jurisdiction of the CA, contrary to the position of the anti-graft office.

Binay said Morales failed to exhaust all legal remedies available to it by not filing a motion for reconsideration (MR) before the CA to question the TRO.


OMBUDSMAN CONCHITA CARPIO-MORALES

“Clearly, petitioner (Ombudsman) has miserably failed to show a ‘concrete, compelling and valid reason’ for not availing of the plain, speedy and adequate remedy of a motion for reconsideration before filing the instant petition for certiorari. Such failure of petitioner makes her petition defective and vulnerable to a dismissal,” he stressed.

The mayor accused the Ombudsman of forum shopping when it elevated the issue before the high court, when his petition challenging the preventive suspension order is still pending with the CA.

Through the office of the solicitor general, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales filed last March 25 a 31-page petition seeking to stop the implementation of the CA’s TRO that she had earlier claimed to have no legal effect.

But she failed to secure immediate relief after the High Court held a special session last March 26 and deferred action for her prayer for issuance of a TRO against the CA order.

In a related development, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the writ of preliminary injunction issued by the CA last Monday should be followed by the Ombudsman and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).


DOJ CHIEF LEILA DE LIMA

After issuing a legal opinion that the earlier TRO was moot and academic, she said the latest order of the appellate court is clearer.

“The resolution of the CA issuing the writ of preliminary injunction clarifies the intent of the earlier TRO on the acts that were subject to restraint. It appears the CA made the clarification precisely because the earlier TRO was subject to several interpretations, given the intervening events which affected its effectivity,” she explained in a text message to reporters.

De Lima, however, said the Ombudsman could still appeal the issuance of the writ before the SC.

“In the meantime, the party respondents (Ombudsman, DILG) are bound by the CA resolution,” she stressed.

The CA issued the writ after hearing the sides of the anti-graft office and the DILG in oral arguments last week.

For his part, Trillanes went on with his allegations against the CA justices that reek of baselessness again on his allegation that money had changed hands in the issuance of the TRO by the CA against the suspension of Makati City Mayor Binay meted out by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Trillanes made the accusation yesterday, yet withheld information concerning his latest charges against the Binays saying that he will make the necessary revelations in due time.

The senator, known nemesis of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay in the Senate, having initiated the investigation in the upper chamber against the latter, insinuated that the Binays supposedly manipulated the CA magistrates into coming out with a favorable ruling, including the most recent one which extended the stay for an indefinite period the preventive suspension of Mayor Binay.

“We have information on this. Someday, I will expose these justices, and even those who fronted for them. Who talked to them. How much they were given. Eventually, I will bring this all out,” Trillanes said in a phone-patched interview with reporters.

Trillanes could be held liable for slander at the very least, or even contempt of court, since he was not in the Senate when he made these statements to reporters outside of the Senate.

The senator’s latest accusations were made in the light of what he claims as new issues against the Vice President that may come out in the resumption of Senate probe on his purported wrongdoings, the date of the hearings are yet to be announced.


TRILLANES AND THE VICE PRESIDENT

Trillanes refused to elaborate on the latest alleged corruption issues against Vice President Binay.

“You know the way they lobby. Just like they did with the CA decision. This is proof that our justice system is corrupt. You know that there was nothing to debate on the administrative suspension (ordered by the Ombudsman). That’s ministerial, as part of the powers of Ombudsman. But see, due to their intense lobbying, a lot of money from the Binays was spent for this njunction,” he said.

“He (VP) takes advantage of the money changing hands system existing in our justice system. This is why I am hoping that the SC will save the day for the sake of self-respect, dignity and integrity of the justice system,” the senator said.

The senator refused to be badgered if he has any information or knowledge on the figures involved, the amount of money supposedly shelled out for the issuance of the TRO against the implementation of the Ombudsman’s suspension order.

“I will not give out any figures now because the money came in tranches. There was money paid out for the TRO and money again fo the injunction order,” Trillanes alleged.

Mayor Binay on Tuesday said he and his father, the Vice President, are bracing for a fresh wave of allegations following the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to extend indefinitely its order staying the suspension order of the Ombudsman.

He cited the recent complaint filed by a known dummy of former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, a political enemy of the Binays, over a cockfighting operation in Makati.

The mayor said the new complaint, which he described as baseless and rehashed, is part of “Oplan Nognog,” a demolition job by the Vice President’s political enemies intended to derail his presidential bid in 2016.

“This is all planned. This is being planned. At first, we already said that this was part of Oplan Nognog that there will be a series of cases that will be filed against us,” he said.

The mayor said the first complaint filed by Lito Oriliosa over cockfight operations was already dismissed by the Ombudsman in 2013.

Binay said he is almost certain the new complaint will be followed by other complaints as the sole objective of the detractors is to malign their family. This is tied to his father’s plan to run for president, he said.


MAKATI Vice Mayor Peña and Mayor Binay

For Vice Mayor Romulo Peña, Mayor Junjun Binay urged him to respect the CA ruling and go back to work.

He said the vice mayor should immediately sign the payroll of some 150 employees so they can get their salaries for the past month.

“We should all work. I ask him to sign the payroll so those in the Office of the Vice Mayor,councilors and staff can get their pay,” the mayor said.


MANILA STANDARD

Give it a rest, De Lima tells Makati vice mayor By Rey E. Requejo | Apr. 11, 2015 at 12:01am


DE LIMA

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima exhorted Makati City Vice Mayor Romulo Peña on Friday to give up his post as acting mayor and comply with the Court of Appeals’ writ of preliminary injunction against the suspension of Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

“Strictly speaking, there is a need to abide by the CA order for the meantime, while the Supreme Court is hearing the petition of the Ombudsman,” De Lima said in an interview as Peña insisted he was still “acting mayor” of Makati.

According to De Lima, Peña should comply with the order while the Ombudsman is questioning the CA injunction order before the high court, which is set to hear next week oral arguments regarding the case.

She said the writ of preliminary injunction issued by the sixth division of the CA has settled the confusion caused by the TRO issued by the appellate court earlier.

“The Court of Appeals has clarified the scope of the injunction, which was missing in the earlier TRO. I think that this TRO has more or less addressed the confusion already,” she stressed.

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But Peña publicly said he would not abandon the position until told to do so by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Ombudsman. He even said he will wait for the ruling of the SC before even following the CA order.

He is facing contempt charge before the CA, along with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, for allegedly defying the temporary restraining order the CA had earlier issued. The CA later granted a longer-term preliminary injunction against the suspension.

The Ombudsman, DILG and the police did not follow the TRO, claiming it was moot and academic for being issued several hours after the suspension was already implemented.

The agencies also argued that the TRO was not clear as to what specific acts it was enjoining, with the Ombudsman claiming it effectively preserved the designation of Vice Mayor Peña as acting mayor since it was issued after he already took his oath as acting mayor.

But the CA clarified in its temporary injunction that the Ombudsman and DILG should “respect and preserve the status quo before the issuance of the (suspension order), relative to the petitioner’s preventive suspension for six months without pay.”


DILG's Reply: In a text message to reporters, Peña said he is willing to step down and resume his duties as vice mayor – but only if he is ordered by the DILG. DILG media officer Babes Suva said the agency will have to wait for an order from the Office of the Ombudsman before it can issue any clarification or directive on Peña’s status. April 11, 2015


PHILSTAR

Peña wrote to Roxas: Clarify ‘acting mayor’ status By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 11, 2015 - 12:00am


Mar Roxas File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Makati Vice Mayor Romulo Peña wrote Interior Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday, asking for the clarification of his status as the city’s “acting mayor.”

He wrote the letter in the wake of a decision by the Court of Appeals (CA) to issue a writ of preliminary injunction last April 8, indefinitely stopping the enforcement of a preventive suspension order by the Office of Ombudsman on Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

In his two-page letter, Peña asked Roxas for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) directive. He stressed he is not a party to the case and has not received any official notices from the CA.

Peña said he became acting mayor last March 16 when the DILG served the ombudsman’s March 10 joint order, which placed Binay and other city officials under preventive suspension while under investigation for the alleged anomalies in the construction of a city hall parking building.

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According to Peña, the DILG should clarify his status since the CA issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) assailing the validity of the ombudsman’s order on the same day he was sworn in as acting mayor.

In a text message to reporters, Peña said he is willing to step down and resume his duties as vice mayor – but only if he is ordered by the DILG.

DILG media officer Babes Suva said the agency will have to wait for an order from the Office of the Ombudsman before it can issue any clarification or directive on Peña’s status.

The ombudsman has filed a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court that questioned the CA’s TRO. The SC has set oral arguments on the petition on April 14.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, meanwhile, said Peña should “abide by the CA order for the meantime, while the SC is hearing the petition of the ombudsman.” With Edu Punay


INQUIRER

Trillanes: I will expose Binay paid for TRO Jerry Esplanada, Leila B. Salaverria | Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:30 AM | Wednesday, April 8th, 2015


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday alleged that Vice President Jejomar Binay’s family had bought a crucial injunction from the Court of Appeals as he denounced the appellate court ruling that stopped the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

“One of these days, we will expose them: who had fronted for them, who they had talked to, how much they paid. Eventually, we will bring that all out,” said Trillanes, who initiated the Senate investigation into corrupt practices in Makati which has been ruled by a succession of Binay family members for almost 30 years.

“That is proof that our justice system is corrupt,” Trillanes told reporters in a phone patch interview.

According to the senator, he had received “information” that the Binays had spent “big money” to secure the injunction.

No comment

The Supreme Court has begged off from commenting on the most recent allegations that court resolutions at the Court of Appeals (CA) were for sale, saying the high court does not comment on such statements.

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The Coalition of Filipino Consumers recently claimed it had information from a CA justice that TROs there were “for sale” for a price tag of P5 million.

READ: Alleged corruption in CA Sereno’s call, says Palace

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has many times vowed to continue the “painful but necessary” cleansing process within the judiciary.

Last September, the high court dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong for his “corrupt inclinations,” after he was accused of links with alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Several trial court judges are also currently under investigation for alleged ties with a certain Ma’am Arlene, who is accused of fixing court cases for high-paying clients.

READ: 4 judges probed for ‘Ma’am Arlene’ links

In March, the high court also started releasing its rulings on administrative cases against judges and lawyers as part of the housecleaning campaign.

The Ombudsman ordered the preventive suspension of Mayor Binay while he was being investigated in connection with the alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II, the first issue tackled in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearings.

Construction of the P2.28-billion building first began when Vice President Jejomar Binay was the mayor of Makati, and completed when his son took over the post.

But the younger Binay challenged the ruling before the appellate court, which ruled in his favor, stopping his suspension indefinitely.

Trillanes and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the blue ribbon subcommittee chair, supported Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales’ move to challenge the Court of Appeals ruling before the Supreme Court.

“I’m hoping the Supreme Court will save the day for the self-respect and dignity and integrity of the justice system,” said Trillanes.

“Since the Ombudsman feels that the preliminary injunction was granted with grave abuse of discretion, the Ombudsman should have this immediately reviewed by the Supreme Court and ask for a TRO (temporary restraining order),” said Pimentel, adding that the appellate court TRO should be heeded in the meantime.

Palace frustration

Malacañang on Tuesday also expressed its frustration with the country’s justice system.

According to presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, the Maguindanao massacre and the plunder case involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were among the “most frustrating cases” that President Aquino wants to see resolved before his term ends next year.

“We’d like to see the cases resolved. But again, we have no control. That’s a limitation of a tripartite form of government that we have no control over the judiciary,” he said.

Lacierda said the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in which 56 people, including 34 local journalists, were ruthlessly killed, allegedly by members of the Ampatuan political clan, was “one of the cases that we would like to see resolved in our administration.”

He noted the case “has been ongoing for several years. A number of accused persons have been arraigned, but a number, as well, are still in hiding or have not been arraigned.”

READ: Sajid Islam Ampatuan granted bail

Arroyo cases

At the same time, Lacierda said “lest we’ll be accused of saying that we are politicizing it, we have no updates on the cases of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.”

Arroyo has been detained on hospital arrest at Veterans Memorial Medical Center over a plunder case involving the alleged misuse of P366 million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds from 2008 to 2010. She is also facing an election offense case filed by the Commission on Elections.

Lacierda disputed Arroyo family members’ claim that the cases were part of the administration’s “political persecution” of the former president, now a Pampanga legislator.

“I understand where it is coming from. But the bare fact is it is beyond our control. It’s within the discretion of the courts to decide on the fate of the accused,” said Lacierda.

“It is based on our discretion to file cases against an accused, whether it’s as high as a former President or as low as a clerk. However, it’s not within our province to decide the fate of an accused. The fate is decided by a judge or justices,” he said.

READ: Palace accepts dismissal of graft case vs Arroyo

Why the challenge?

Pimentel wondered why the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension order had to be challenged by the Makati mayor at all, noting that it was not a penalty, but the “self-defense [action] of the state.”

“Why the vehement resistance [to the preventive suspension order]?” he said.

Pimentel explained that an official’s temporary suspension is implemented to prevent the possibility of him or her tampering with the evidence. He added that the official, once cleared of misconduct would be given back wages.

But he said the Office of the Ombudsman should also review its rules. He said its charter stated that its findings and decisions are appealable to the Supreme Court, but it drafted new rules allowing its decisions to be challenged before the CA. With a report from Tarra Quismundo


INQUIRER

Binay dares Trillanes to charge CA justices Christine O. Avendaño @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:37 AM | Thursday, April 9th, 2015


MEN IN BARONG Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay arrive with their bodyguards at the SMX Convention Center on Wednesday in Pasay City. JOAN BONDOC

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday warned Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that he could be cited in contempt by the Court of Appeals for alleging that the Binay family had paid the court in exchange for stopping the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

Binay instead challenged Trillanes to file graft and corruption charges against the appellate court justices whom the senator had allegedly said were fixed.

But Trillanes was unperturbed by Binay’s warning, saying that he intended to ask the Senate to investigate his new allegations against the Vice President.

“We will get to that,” the senator said in a text message in reply to the query whether he would heed Binay’s challenge for him to file cases against those in the appellate court.

He said he would file a resolution in the Senate “calling for an investigation about this.”

“Eventually, the Vice President and the justices in his pocket will go down,” said Trillanes, who initiated the ongoing Senate inquiry into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II that was built when the Vice President was mayor and was completed under his son’s term.

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The senator said the other day that he received information that the Binays had spent “big money” to get the appellate court injunction favoring the younger Binay.

“One of these days, we will expose them: “Who had fronted for them, who they had talked to, how much they paid. Eventually, we will bring that all out,” Trillanes said on Tuesday.

The appellate court’s Sixth Division enjoined on April 6 the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of the Interior and Local Government from enforcing the Ombudsman’s March 10 order preventively suspending Mayor Binay for six months.

The court earlier issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the mayor’s suspension, a move that the Ombudsman claimed was moot as the suspension order had been served and Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. had been sworn in as acting mayor on March 16.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales went to the Supreme Court on March 25 to assail the appellate court’s TRO.

Sweeping allegations

Speaking to reporters after attending the 19th National Social Welfare and Development Forum and General Assembly at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City yesterday, Binay dismissed as “unfair” and “sweeping” Trillanes’ latest allegations against him and his family.

READ: Hearings to resume on ‘family syndicate’

“Let’s see what will be the consequences of what (Trillanes) said,” he told reporters in Filipino.

Pressed by the Inquirer later if the “consequences” he was referring to meant that the Court of Appeals could reprimand Trillanes for his statements, the Vice President said: “I will tell you, it’s contemptuous.”

Mayor Binay, who also attended the convention and spoke to reporters alongside his father, said it was “wrong” for Trillanes to “threaten the judiciary.”

“Why say that supporters should say prayers for Vice President Binay to win in the presidential election in 2016? It’s just unfounded, uncalled for. It negatively affects the image of senators if that’s how they speak,” the younger Binay said.

The mayor agreed with his father that Trillanes should just file cases against those in the Court of Appeals.

Without proof

The Vice President said the senator should file charges so that those whom he maligned would be able to defend themselves. He also criticized Trillanes for making statements without proof, saying this seemed to be the latter’s style of doing things.

“It’s the Trillanes mark to cast aspersions on the integrity of others, but he could not prove them,” he said.

Binay welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to hold oral arguments on the petition filed by the Ombudsman against Mayor Binay’s plea in the appellate court to stop his suspension from office, saying this was part of the “rule of law.”

But the Vice President said he believed the oral arguments’ purpose was to see whether the Ombudsman could be cited in contempt because the principal issue concerning his son’s suspension had already been “disposed by the CA.”

Told that Peña vowed he would not step down, Binay said the vice mayor should follow the rule of law.

Addressing the convention before the interview with reporters, Binay mentioned his son’s case in the appellate court by saying the mayor was “absolved” by the appellate court.

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio also defended the Court of Appeals from the allegations that the Binays “bought” an injunction from the tribunal to stop the Ombudsman from suspending the Makati mayor.

“The statements of Trillanes that the preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order in the case of Mayor Binay were a result of corruption in the judiciary is as reckless and irresponsible as it is baseless,” Topacio said on Wednesday.

He said that as an officer of the court and member of the Philippine Bar, he was appalled that a senator would make such accusations that undermine the people’s faith in a coequal branch without so much as a rumor to go by on. With a report from Jerome Aning


MANILA STANDARD

Binay shrugs off claims of bribery in son’s case By Vito Barcelo, Maricel V. Cruz | Apr. 09, 2015 at 12:01am


Binay

VICE President Jejomar Binay lashed out Wednesday at his political enemy Senator Antonio Trillanes for accusing him of bribing the Court of Appeals to stop the preventive suspension of his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

“That’s contempt of court,” the older Binay said. “Trillanes should be held liable for his allegations.”

He added that the charge was typical of Trillanes, whose expertise was “to accuse, destroy reputations and insult” his enemies with no proof.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Trillanes said a huge amount of money changed hands to get the Court of Appeals 6th Division to grant Mayor Binay’s petition for a preliminary injunction to stop the Ombudsman from enforcing its suspension order against him.

“It is the rule of law,” the Vice President said. “The Court of Appeals [issued a] temporary restraining order on my son’s suspension.

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The Ombudsman questioned this order before the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments on the case next week,” he said.

The Vice President also shrugged off Trillanes’ threat to expose those behind the bribery.

“No problem,” Binay said.

He said Trillanes’ attacks against his family was part of the senator’s plan to derail his presidential bid in 2016.

Trillanes said Wednesday he would file a resolution calling for an investigation of the alleged bribery.

“Eventually, the Vice President and the justices in his pocket will go down,” he said.

Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) dismissed Trillanes’ accusations as baseless and said if Trillanes fails to prove them, he should resign his post as senator.

“It looks like Senator Trillanes wants to become a malicious version of Pinocchio. There is nothing new about his style of inventing lies. Again, the people are being taken for a ride to his factory of lies,” Tiangco said in a statement.

Tiangco challenged Trillanes to be man enough to face the justices of the appellate court whom he accused of selling decisions.

“We are challenging him to back his latest tirade this time, which involves the justices of the Court of Appeals. He can say things like that because of the protection he enjoys from suit, something

Trillanes has gravely abused through the years as senator,” he added.

Tiangco said the former renegade soldier-turned senator has no regard for the rule of law, adding that Trillanes’ allegations showed disrespect to the Court of Appeals.

“Trillanes has crossed the line with his statements against the CA. He’s ruining institutions,” Tiangco said.

Also on Wednesday, members of the city council of Makati asked Vice Mayor Romulo Peña to stop misrepresenting himself as acting mayor and instead sign the payrolls for their salaries.

City Councilor Marie Alethea Casal-Uy said it was unfortunate that the vice mayor has stubbornly clung on to his post as acting mayor, refusing to comply with the preliminary injunction issued by the Court of Appeals staying Mayor Binay’s preventive suspension by the Ombudsman.

Peña has refused to comply with the CA order and said he will wait for the Supreme Court decision on a petition filed by the Ombudsman questioning the appeals court ruling.

Peña also refused to sign payrolls and checks for the salaries of the Office of the Vice Mayor and Sangguniang Panlungsod employees and city councillors for the months of March and April, insisting that as acting mayor, it was no longer part of his duties. – With Joel E. Zurbano


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Court stops Delfin Lee from appearing in Senate probe vs. Binay  April 12, 2015 4:49pm


Detained real estate developer Delfin Lee. GMA NEWS SCREENGRAB

A Pampanga court has barred detained real estate developer Delfin Lee from appearing at the resumption of the Senate probe on allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Lee will have to skip the Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday after a Pampanga court reversed an earlier ruling allowing him to attend the probe.

A report aired on “Balitanghali” Sunday quoted Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as saying that the San Fernando Regional Trial Court Branch 42 reversed the decision after the Department of Justice (DOJ) opposed granting Lee temporary liberty to appear at the Senate.

Last year, the court had allowed Lee to testify at the Senate on the Globe Asiatique housing anomaly. He is under detention over charges of syndicated estafa.

Trillanes had named the Filipino-Chinese businessman as one of the new resource persons who will testify on the corruption allegations against Binay. He said Lee’s revelation will “pin down” the vice president but refused to give details.

Despite Lee’s absence, Trillanes said the Senate blue ribbon committee’s hearing on Monday will continue since the businessman will send his lawyer to read a prepared statement.

Trillanes also vowed to show new evidence which he claimed will directly link Binay to allegations of wrongdoing.

Binay hands off in Lee case

However, the senator accused the vice president’s camp of influencing the judge handling Lee’s case to prevent the businessman from attending the Senate hearing.

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While admitting he has yet to read the decision, Trillanes said the Pampanga court’s latest ruling appears similar to the Court of Appeals’ sudden issuance of a writ of a preliminary injunction stopping the government from enforcing the six-month suspension order issued by the Ombudsman against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

In response, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs Rico Paolo Quicho slammed Trillanes for making haphazard statements against the vice president.

Quicho, a lawyer, noted that Binay could not have had any hand in the Pampanga court’s decision since it was the DOJ handling Lee’s case.

“As such, it is very malicious for Senator Trillanes to insinuate, with nary any basis, that the vice president has any direct participation in the case,” he said in a statement.

Quicho said it is obvious that Trillanes only wants to use Lee to “further vilify” Binay regarding issues unrelated to the ongoing Senate investigation.

Quicho urged the senator to be “more circumspect and prudent in his actions and statements,” as befitting a member of the Senate. — Xianne Arcangel/JDS, GMA News

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TRIBUNE

Senate, CA on ‘collision course’ over Trillanes bribe claim Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00


TRILLANES

The Senate appears to be on a collision course with the judiciary again as one of its members is out to seek an inquiry into the alleged bribery involving Court of Appeals (CA) following the issuance of a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the implementation of the Ombudsman’s preventive suspension order against Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday disclosed to reporters his filing of a resolution on Monday to effect the conduct of an investigation on the allegation he himself first disclosed earlier this week.

The lawmaker even vowed to name the alleged corrupt CA justices involved in the issuance of rulings favorable to the Makati mayor and supposed to have received huge sum of money from the Binays in the resolution he will introduce next week.

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Trillanes also plans to mention the amount of money that supposedly changed hands, purportedly between the three CA justices and the Binays, alleged to be in tens of millions of pesos.

He said he will also name the alleged “go-between” to substantiate his allegations.

The senator was earlier challenged by Vice President Jejomar Binay to file appropriate charges in court but Trillanes refused, saying he will expose the details of his allegations at a proper time.

“We will get to that. In fact, I will be filing a resolution calling for an investigation about this.

Eventually, the Vice President and the justices in his pocket will go down,” the senator said in a text message to reporters last Tuesday.

Trillanes’ revelations came just as when a group called Coalition of Filipino Consumers (CFC) urged the Supreme Court to investigate the alleged “justice for sale” scheme and order the conduct of a lifestyle check of CA justices.

In a statement sent to Senate media, the group claimed to have received report that one member of the appellate court allegedly received over P5 million in exchange for the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction.

“This allegation is tainting the image of the CA and eroding the public’s trust in the justice system in the country,” said Perfecto Tagalog, the coalition’s secretary-general.

The justice member, the coalition said, was a former elected official who was appointed to the bench.

Some of his alleged pork barrel that were released at the time of his incumbency in office, had been included in the investigation of the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) scam.

“We are urging Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to investigate some justices in the Court of Appeals to find out if their lifestyles match the salaries they receive as public servants,” Tagalog stressed.

He said this is the chance for the high tribunal to weed out corrupt justices and restore the image of the courts in the country.

“There are rampant reports of bribery incidents alleged to have involved members of the court. We are very concerned that court decisions are being sold in exchange for millions of money,” Tagalog said.

“We appeal to Chief Justice Sereno to lead in cleaning the courts,” he added.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Rep. Binay comes to dad's defense, explains source of Binays' P630-M wealth April 12, 2015 8:19pm


Makati City Rep Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay

Although Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is keeping mum on the new allegations of corruption he claims to have against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati City Rep. Mar-len Abigail Binay has taken it upon herself to explain what she thinks will be tackled at the resumption of the Senate’s hearing against her father Monday— her parents' wealth.

In a statement, Rep. Binay said her family can fully account for the P254 million in bank deposits that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) claims her father had accumulated from 2007 to 2014.

She said a study of the the cash flow statements of the vice president and his wife, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, will show they have accumulated P630.9 million over the past 27 years.

Of this amount, over P330 million came from JCB Farms, a piggery business which the vice president started in 1994 with a P400,000 capital while P14 million came from his salaries as a public official from 1986 to 2013, Rep. Binay said.

In addition, the vice president had collected more than P4 million in professional fees from his law practice while his wife earned more than P49 million from her flower shop business, Blooms and Bouquets.

Also included in the cash flow is over P13 million in excess campaign contributions of the vice president, which his daughter said he disclosed in the Statement of Contribution and Expenditures he filed with the Commission on Elections.

Rep. Binay said her father had disposed of his business interests for a profit in JCB Farms, as well as his investments in shares of stocks, following his victory in the 2010 national elections.

Sources of wealth can be verified

The lawmaker said her parents’ wealth and their sources can be verified in the annual Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and income tax returns (ITR) they have filed over the years.

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“These and other official documents, such as the Statement of Contribution and Expenditure filed with the Comelec after elections, can clearly show that their earnings were made through honest means,” she said.

A computation of the figures Rep. Binay provided, however, yielded only P410 million or P220.9 million short of the wealth she said were generated by her parents.

Trillanes earlier hinted he will pin down Binay for wrongdoing at Monday’s hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

He had invited detained real estate developer Delfin Lee to testify against the vice president but a Pampanga court quickly barred the businessman from appearing at the probe.

Nevertheless, the senator said the Senate hearings will contiue despite Lee’s absence as the businessman has designated his lawyer to read a prepared statement on his behalf.

Contempt charges vs. Trillanes

Aside from explaining the sources of her parents’ wealth, the Makati representative said her family plans to file contempt charges against Trillanes for accusing her father’s camp of bribing justices of the Court of Appeals to stop the enforcement of the suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun" Binay.

The lawmaker challenged Trillanes to show credible evidence that her father bribed the CA magistrates at Monday’s hearing, noting that the senator has already gained a reputation for announcing “explosive” revelations against her father that eventually turn out to be duds or unsupported by compelling proof.

“Senator Trillanes is now destroying the reputation and integrity of an institution. Hindi biro-biro ang ginagawa nya. Dapat ang ipakita nya yung patunay na hindi dinuktor at pang-media lang,” she said.

Trillanes said he will name the CA magistrates who were allegedly bribed by Binay’s camp at the hearing on Monday. He also said he will file a resolution asking the Senate to probe the supposed payoff.

The CA has indefinitely extended the temporary restraining order it issued against the suspension order that the Office of the Ombudsman issued against Mayor Binay over a graft complaint in relation to the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

The Senate hearings were initially meant to investigate the alleged overpricing but has since expanded to include other allegations of corruptions against the Binays.

The family has maintained that the allegations are motivated by politics. — Xianne Arcangel/JDS, GMA News


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