PHNO HEADLINE NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

TRILLANES INTERVIEWED ON RADIO SAID, '2 TOP BINAY AIDES HAVE FLED PH' [LIMLINGAN, BALOLOY HUNTED BY INTERPOL]


JUNE 29 ---Senator Antonio Trillanes IV INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
Two top aides of Vice President Jejomar Binay who disappeared in the midst of a Senate inquiry into corruption charges against him have fled the country and are the objects of a manhunt by the International Police, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said on Sunday. Interviewed on dzIQ, Trillanes said he had received information from an unspecified “insider” that Binay’s finance officer, Gerry Limlingan, and his longtime secretary, Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy, were now abroad. “But we will make their world small. They will not be able to move around much, especially when cases will be filed against them in the Sandiganbayan and their passports are canceled. They will have a hard time going underground,” Trillanes told Radyo Inquirer.
The Senate has issued arrest warrants against Limlingan and Baloloy for snubbing hearings of its blue ribbon subcommittee into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. A partial report issued by the panel last month recommended plunder and graft charges against Binay, his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, along with Limlingan and Baloloy, and several others in connection with the alleged irregularities in the construction of the parking building. Trillanes said the information he got showed that Limlingan and Baloloy left the country after they closed bank accounts or transferred money. “When they completed what they were supposed to do, they were then hidden,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay’s 2 top aides still in PH, says BI commish


JUNE 30 ---The top two aides of Vice President Jejomar Binay who vanished after being summoned to appear in Senate inquiry on corruption charges against him are still in the country, the Bureau of Immigration said on Monday. BI
Commissioner Siegfred Mison told reporters he would send Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV a report that according to the bureau’s travel records, Binay’s finance officer Gerardo Limlingan Jr. and his secretary Eduviges Baloloy had not left the country since their last travel abroad in 2003 and 2014, respectively. Trillanes said in a radio interview on Sunday that he had information from an unspecified “insider” that the two Binay aides had been roaming the world the last six months and that they were being hunted by the International Police. Mison told reporters he had received clearance from Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to report the bureau’s findings to Trillanes. Baloloy has a very unique first name, Mison said, so it was easy to trace her whereabouts while there were four Gerardo Limlingans in the bureau’s database. But the record of one born on April 11, 1942, most likely the finance officer—at least showed that he had not gone abroad, Mison said. Bureau records also showed that Limlingan last traveled abroad 12 years ago. His latest arrival was Oct. 17, 2003. Baloloy’s travel data showed that she arrived in the country on Sept. 6, 2014. Hold-departure orders have not been issued against the two but they have been placed on a lookout bulletin, Mison said. Inclusion in the bulletin does not necessarily restrict a person from leaving the country but it could cause embarrassment once accosted upon departure, according to the bureau. De Lima told reporters she had asked the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the possibility that Limlingan and Baloloy left the country through the south. “We cannot rule out departures via backdoors, like the use of chartered planes, private planes, because that happened in the past in certain cases, so we’re checking,” she said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Be a man too, VP was told by the elder Pimentel joining in word war


JUNE 30 ---Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel
FORMER Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel defended his son, Senator Koko Pimentel, from Vice President Jejomar Binay’s criticism that the incumbent senator should “be a man” and push through with his plan to ask for an audit of agencies Binay oversaw as housing czar. “He should also be man enough to face all the attacks. Call to answer gutter language... Koko doesn’t like that. No truth and nonsense,” said the elder Pimentel who, as PDP-Laban party-mate and interior secretary in 1986, was close to the vice president when he was named officer-in-charge of Makati. The elder Pimentel said Binay should answer the call for an audit at the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and its housing agencies after he quit the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III. In attacking the Aquino administration, the elder Pimentel said Binay merely wanted to divert the attention of the public from the accusations hurled against him. READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes employing diversionary tactics in departure saga — VP


JUNE 30 ---TRILLANES
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday shot down Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s claim that his two aides have already fled the country. “Trillanes’ statement is totally false and malicious. Clearly, this is another conspiracy theory of the senator, which is geared to misinform and divert the public attention to the failures of the administration,” lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, in a statement, said.  “In the first place, the Immigration chief has said Mr. (Gerry) Limlingan and Ms. (Eduviges ‘Ebeng’) Baloloy have not left the country,” he stressed. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima also yesterday confirmed that the two, who have been sought by the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee for their involvement in alleged corruption involving Binay, have not left the country based on Bureau of Immigration (BI) records. According to her, the BI found no records of Limlingan’s travel abroad since 2003 while Baloloy’s has not left the country since her arrival in 2014. De Lima, however, said she has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to check if they left via the country’s “backdoors.”  The DoJ chief added the NBI would likely asked the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the records of all chartered flights. Standing by the information he received from a “credible” source that the two left the country late last year, Trillanes claimed Limlingan and Baloloy left the country via backdoor channels, which explains why the BI has no record of their supposed departure. He, however, refused to disclose the details of the mode of transportation as he is still verifying the information. READ MORE...

ALSO Holy kamote here we are again: Kid Peña takes oath as acting Makati mayor
[This time looks like more trouble with Junjun; Mar Roxas winning the battle second time around]


JUNE 30 ---Makati Vice Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña served as acting mayor of the city for a month when Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay was suspended last March.
Vice Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña on Tuesday took his oath for the second time around as acting mayor of the city following the suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr.
The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday issued a preventive suspension order against Binay in relation to the alleged anomalous construction of the Makati City Science High School. READ: Second suspension order issued vs Junjun Binay Peña took his oath as soon as the suspension order against Binay was posted by the Department of Interior and Local Government at the Makati City Hall. On Monday, Binay maintained that he will not leave the city hall despite the suspension order against him, citing that it is part of the administration's attempt to block the presidential bid of his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay. In March, the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Binay in connection to the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Junjun Binay: No fair treatment from administration (on conspiracy theory)


JUNE 29 ---The Office of the Ombudsman has issued a suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay in relation to the alleged anomalous transactions of the Makati City Science High School building. Mark Pimentel, File
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay on Monday insisted that he will not leave the Makati City Hall despite the suspension order issued against him.
During a televised press conference, Binay said that the second suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman was still a part of the demolition job against his father Vice President Jejomar Binay who plans to seek the presidency in 2016. "Alam namin na hindi kami makakakuha ng patas na pagtrato sa administrasyon lalo na sa Ombudsman na bahagi ng conspiracy, sa conspiracy po nila laban sa aking ama," Binay said. However, the younger Binay is still hoping that the court will be fair in dealing with his case. The Makati mayor reiterated that "selective justice" is being served by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. READ MORE...

ALSO Palace to Junjun Binay: Follow suspension order


JUNE 30 ---COLOMA Malacañang on Tuesday urged Makati Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay to follow the second suspension order issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman over graft allegations. While Binay continues to defy the suspension order, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the rule of law should be upheld. "Kailangan sundin ang mga kautusang legal dahil tayo ay pamahalaan ng batas, hindi ng tao," Coloma said in a text message to reporters. On Monday, the Office of the Ombudsman confirmed that a new preventive suspension order was issued against Binay and 14 others for their supposed involvement in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati Science High School. The mayor's father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, is also being probed for criminal and administrative offenses along with 19 other former and incumbent officials of Makati and some private individuals. READ MORE...

ALSO Editorial 'Something' Justice: What else can you call it?
[Also an Ombudsman ruling regarding the Metro Rail Transit controversy charged with graft resigned MRT general manager Al Vitangcol but spared LP bigwigs such as Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya and even Roxas who was the head of the Department of Transportation and Communications..... If Carpio-Morales does not practice selective justice then the earth is flat and is supported on the back of a turtle].


Something which Makati Mayor Junjun Binay recounted during one of his speeches in front of his supporters connected the dots in the allegations of selective justice against the Ombudsman and the Liberal Party, particularly putative LP standard bearer Mar Roxas. Binay said businessman Salvador “Buddy” Zamora, brother of minority leader Ronaldo Zamora, has been heard boasting in a regular meeting among businessmen and politicians on the Office of the Ombudsman issuing a suspension weeks before it happened. Zamora is the main financial backer of Noynoy then and now Roxas, who is believed to be behind the Ombudsman suspension order.
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) also accused Zamora of financing the demolition job against Vice President Jojo Binay and members of his family over the last 10 months. “This big businessman blustered in a birthday party of one of the members of the Thursday Club that my suspension order is imminent from the Ombudsman within two weeks. My suspension order came exactly two weeks after,” Binay said.
Binay added if the Ombudsman decides without favor given as Conchita Carpio-Morales claimed, why can Zamora predict the actions of the Office of the Ombudsman? UNA secretary general JV Bautista said that another piece of proof on selective justice as practiced by Carpio-Morales, Roxas and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima are two members of the LP who were found guilty by the Sandiganbayan but are still occupying their posts to this day. READ MORE...


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2 top Binay aides have fled PH –-Trillanes
‘LIMLINGAN, BALOLOY HUNTED BY INTERPOL’


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, JULY 6, 2015
(INQUIRER) By: Christine O. Avendaño @inquirerdotnet June 29th, 2015 - Two top aides of Vice President Jejomar Binay who disappeared in the midst of a Senate inquiry into corruption charges against him have fled the country and are the objects of a manhunt by the International Police, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said on Sunday.

Interviewed on dzIQ, Trillanes said he had received information from an unspecified “insider” that Binay’s finance officer, Gerry Limlingan, and his longtime secretary, Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy, were now abroad.

“But we will make their world small. They will not be able to move around much, especially when cases will be filed against them in the Sandiganbayan and their passports are canceled. They will have a hard time going underground,” Trillanes told Radyo Inquirer.

The Senate has issued arrest warrants against Limlingan and Baloloy for snubbing hearings of its blue ribbon subcommittee into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

A partial report issued by the panel last month recommended plunder and graft charges against Binay, his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, along with Limlingan and Baloloy, and several others in connection with the alleged irregularities in the construction of the parking building.
Trillanes said the information he got showed that Limlingan and Baloloy left the country after they closed bank accounts or transferred money. “When they completed what they were supposed to do, they were then hidden,” he said.

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The Anti-Money Laundering Council had found that Binay and his aides had cash and checking accounts amounting to P810 million in deposits and P1.629 billion in investment funds in different banks from 2007 to 2014, the Court of Appeals said in an order freezing the assets on suspicion that these were fruits of illegal activities.

In a text message to the Inquirer, Trillanes said Limlingan and Baloloy were hiding separately. “Their locations were tipped off and these will be put under surveillance,” he added. “All leads are being checked out just to be sure.”

Trillanes said the Senate subcommittee was scheduled to hold another hearing on July 7—its 22nd in what Binay called a continuing campaign to derail his bid for the presidency in next year’s elections. The senator said there would be a witness who would make a “big revelation.”

“Our people will be shocked,” Trillanes said.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, who chairs the subcommittee, said he would try to conclude the panel’s hearings soon.

But in a signal that the inquiry isn’t going to be concluded anytime soon, Pimentel last week requested the Commission on Audit to go over the finances of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council under Binay, who has resigned as head of the agency and as presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ affairs.

Binay, who said when he quit last week that he was through being the “punching bag” of administration allies in the Senate, dared Pimentel to “man up”—“magpakalalaki ka”—and bring on whatever he could dredge up on his activities as national shelter director.

Spokespersons for the Binay camp were not immediately available to comment on Trillanes’ claims.

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RELATED FLASHBACK MAY 21, 2015

Close VP Binay aides elude arrest; BINAY SAYS SENATE BODY ‘BULLYING’ HIS FRIENDS SHARES: 3949 VIEW COMMENTS By: Leila B. Salaverria and Christine O. Avendaño @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:28 AM May 21st, 2015


The Senate’s sergeant at arms chief, Jose Balajadia (inset), said on Wednesday that teams from his office had failed to locate the people whom Senate President Franklin Drilon had ordered detained on recommendation of the chamber’s blue ribbon committee. FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines–Close aides and associates of Vice President Jejomar Binay ordered arrested for snubbing the long-running Senate hearings on corruption allegations against him were nowhere to be found in their registered residences and business addresses, the chamber’s sergeant at arms chief, Jose Balajadia, reported on Wednesday.

Balajadia said teams from his office had failed to locate the people whom Senate President Franklin Drilon had ordered detained on recommendation of the chamber’s blue ribbon committee.

He said his men would continue the hunt and would seek the help of the police and the National Bureau of Investigation in the effort, if necessary.

Fourteen people were ordered arrested on Monday: Binay’s longtime aide Gerry Limlingan and associates Vissia Marie Aldon, Danilo Villas, Aida Alcantara, Hirene Lopez, Irene Chong, Imee Chong, Kim Tung Chong, Iris Chong, Erlinda Chong, Kimsfer Chong, Anne Lorraine Buencamino-Tiu, and brothers James and Antonio Tiu.

On Wednesday, the committee deferred the arrest of Antonio Tiu, Aldon, Villas, and Makati City engineer Line de la Peña after they submitted motions for reconsideration and promised to appear at the next hearing.

There are also arrest orders issued earlier for three other Binay aides—his personal secretary Eduviges Baloloy, Bernadette Portallana and De la Peña.

Balajadia told reporters that it seemed to him that the wanted people were evading arrest deliberately. An address for one of the people even seemed to be fake, he said.

“When we arrived, the owner of the house said, ‘Why are you dragging me into that issue? I don’t know that person,’” he recalled. He said the addresses submitted for the subpoenas were wrong.

In some of the addresses that his team visited, there was no one to answer their calls or the persons who opened the door said that the person they were looking for was not there.


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In one house, the occupant initially tried to stop Balajadia’s people from going in. But after an appeal, they were allowed to enter but failed to find the wanted person.

In another house, the Senate staff were told that the person they were looking for had not gone there for a week.

‘Bullying and scaring’

Binay on Wednesday slammed the arrest orders against his associates. He said some of them did not get the summons.

Others, he said, were “entitled to know what are the questions to be asked” of them by the senators and were waiting for these questions to be given to them.

Binay said the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee of Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano investigating him were “bullying and scaring” people summoned to the hearings.

Binay was in Panabo City, Davao del Norte province, on Wednesday. A transcript of his interview with local reporters there was distributed to media people in Manila.

The Vice President also complained that some of the resource persons had already testified several times in the subcommittee and asked why they were still being summoned. So far, the subcommittee has conducted a record 20 hearings.

Not for prosecution

Legislative hearings are not an investigation to gather evidence in a court proceeding but are supposed to be in aid of crafting legislation, said Binay, a presidential aspirant whose popularity rating has dropped significantly after his bashing in the Senate.

“That’s why I’m wondering why these senators are saying ‘thieves, guilty of graft and corruption” (during the hearings) when the court is supposed to be saying that,” Binay said.

He said those attending the hearings had not committed crimes, they were just supposed to be there as resource persons.

Binay also reiterated that the 242 bank accounts in the Court of Appeals’ freeze order did not belong to him and that he had only five bank accounts.

He said the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report to the court made it appear that he was richer than American billionaire Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft.

He also said that the court order for a six-month freeze on the bank accounts did not mean he had committed wrongdoing. He said his money in the bank accounts was legally acquired. “It is clean money,” he said.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas shrugged off Binay’s claim that the Liberal Party was behind the issuance of the arrest warrants.

“This is proof that Vice President Binay does not understand our system. The Senate is independent… and (the senators are) 24 independent republics,” Roxas told reporters at Camp Olivas, where he distributed police patrol vehicles.

“How can he say that there is an architect behind all this? I think the senators are just doing their jobs and that’s their focus,” he added.–With a report from Marlon Ramos

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RELATED: FLASHBACK MAY 20, 2015

Palace: Show up or be arrested SHARES: 1157 VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 07:38 PM May 20th, 2015


Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Wednesday declined to comment specifically on the Senate probe on Vice President Jejomar Binay and others linked to the alleged overpriced Makati Parking Building but said an arrest order should be expected because of the circumstance.

Binay’s camp earlier hit Liberal Party after the Senate ordered the arrest of 14 aides and business associates of the Vice President.

“There are rules within the Senate that they have to follow. The arrest order is a logical consequence of the failure to explain and failure to appear before the Senate body,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

READ: Binay hits LP for arrest order

But Lacierda, a lawyer, said filing a case in court requires a response.

“Also in the courts or in the fiscal, if you fail to answer, there will be a resolution against those who fail to answer. Now, in the Senate hearing, they were given lots and lots of opportunities to explain,” he said. “Not all of them, at least some of them did come and those who were issued arrest warrants, I believe, were those who did not show up.”

“For instance, you did not see Mr. Bobby Ongpin being issued a warrant of arrest because he showed up. You didn’t see Mr. (Mario) Oreta being issued a warrant of arrest because he showed up,” Lacierda added.

Ongpin, owner of Alphaland, testified in the Senate and denied he gave “kickbacks” to Binay.

READ: Roberto Ongpin denies giving Binay kickbacks from Alphaland-BSP land deal

Lacierda said the arrest order had nothing to do with politics.

“If it’s all politics then by force of logic, everybody should have been issued a warrant of arrest, but it’s not,” he said.

The Senate blue ribbon committee has been conducting hearings on Makati Parking Building and other anomalous projects during Binay’s term as Makati mayor. RC


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Binay’s 2 top aides still in PH, says BI SHARES: 9 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:26 AM June 30th, 2015

The top two aides of Vice President Jejomar Binay who vanished after being summoned to appear in a Senate inquiry on corruption charges against him are still in the country, the Bureau of Immigration said on Monday.

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison told reporters he would send Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV a report that according to the bureau’s travel records, Binay’s finance officer Gerardo Limlingan Jr. and his secretary Eduviges Baloloy had not left the country since their last travel abroad in 2003 and 2014, respectively.

Trillanes said in a radio interview on Sunday that he had information from an unspecified “insider” that the two Binay aides had been roaming the world the last six months and that they were being hunted by the International Police.

Mison told reporters he had received clearance from Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to report the bureau’s findings to Trillanes.

Baloloy has a very unique first name, Mison said, so it was easy to trace her whereabouts while there were four Gerardo Limlingans in the bureau’s database.

But the record of the one born on April 11, 1942—most likely the finance officer—at least showed that he had not gone abroad, Mison said.

Bureau records also showed that Limlingan last traveled abroad 12 years ago. His latest arrival was Oct. 17, 2003. Baloloy’s travel data showed that she arrived in the country on Sept. 6, 2014.

Hold-departure orders have not been issued against the two but they have been placed on a lookout bulletin, Mison said. Inclusion in the bulletin does not necessarily restrict a person from leaving the country but it could cause embarrassment once accosted upon departure, according to the bureau.

De Lima told reporters she had asked the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the possibility that Limlingan and Baloloy left the country through the south.

“We cannot rule out departures via backdoors, like the use of chartered planes, private planes, because that happened in the past in certain cases, so we’re checking,” she said.

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Rico Quicho, a Binay spokesperson, said the immigration bureau’s findings showed that Trillanes’ statement over the weekend was again “totally false and malicious.”

He said this was just one of Trillanes’ conspiracy theories to keep the senator in the media spotlight.

Quicho said that Binay had no communication with his two aides for a long time.
Trillanes, who said he would run for Vice President next year, insisted that his informant on the Binay aides was “credible.”

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, chair of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, said Monday he would summon immigration officials to its next hearing on allegations that Binay amassed ill-gotten wealth when he was mayor of Makati City.

The upcoming hearing is the 22nd in the longest-running Senate investigation on record.

The inquiry has been denounced by Binay as nothing more than a move to derail his bid for the presidency and advance the political ambitions of members of Pimentel’s panel—Senators Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano—and other administration stalwarts. Binay has denied wrongdoing.

Pimentel has announced he had requested an audit of the finances of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council under Binay, indicating the hearing could be open-ended. Binay has challenged Pimentel to “man up” (magpakalalaki ka) and bring on the additional charges.

A partial report on the hearing has recommended that Binay be prosecuted for plunder and graft in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II, which was constructed while Binay was still the city mayor.

Binay is already under investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman.–With reports from Christine O. Avendaño and Jerome Aning


MANILA STANDARD

THE ELDER PIMENTEL JOINS WORD WAR: Be a man too, VP told  By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Jun. 30, 2015 at 12:01am


Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel
 

FORMER Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel defended his son, Senator Koko Pimentel, from Vice President Jejomar Binay’s criticism that the incumbent senator should “be a man” and push through with his plan to ask for an audit of agencies Binay oversaw as housing czar.

“He should also be man enough to face all the attacks. Call to answer gutter language... Koko doesn’t like that. No truth and nonsense,” said the elder Pimentel who, as PDP-Laban party-mate and interior secretary in 1986, was close to the vice president when he was named officer-in-charge of Makati.

The elder Pimentel said Binay should answer the call for an audit at the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and its housing agencies after he quit the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III.

In attacking the Aquino administration, the elder Pimentel said Binay merely wanted to divert the attention of the public from the accusations hurled against him.

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Meanwhile, the younger Pimentel said Binay’s finance officer Gerry Limlingan and his secretary Ebeng Baloloy, both linked to the corruption allegations against the Vice President, are still free to leave the court.

In a phone patch interview, he told senate reporters that the duo were merely ordered arrested by the Senate Blue ribbon committee and not by the court. He noted that only a court can issue a hold departure order against a person who was charged in court.

Even if one is included in a “watchlist,” he said it cannot be used as a basis to prohibit one from leaving the country.

“If there is no categorical hold departure order, a person should be allowed to go out of the country,” he said.

“As a lawyer, we were taught that flight in an indication of guilt so that is what automatically comes into my mind when one runs away from a case,” added the younger Pimentel.


TRIBUNE

Trillanes employing diversionary tactics in departure saga — VP Written by Benjamin B. Pulta Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00


TRILLANES

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday shot down Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s claim that his two aides have already fled the country.

“Trillanes’ statement is totally false and malicious. Clearly, this is another conspiracy theory of the senator, which is geared to misinform and divert the public attention to the failures of the administration,” lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, in a statement, said.

“In the first place, the Immigration chief has said Mr. (Gerry) Limlingan and Ms. (Eduviges ‘Ebeng’) Baloloy have not left the country,” he stressed.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima also yesterday confirmed that the two, who have been sought by the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee for their involvement in alleged corruption involving Binay, have not left the country based on Bureau of Immigration (BI) records.

According to her, the BI found no records of Limlingan’s travel abroad since 2003 while Baloloy’s has not left the country since her arrival in 2014.

De Lima, however, said she has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to check if they left via the country’s “backdoors.”

The DoJ chief added the NBI would likely asked the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the records of all chartered flights.

Standing by the information he received from a “credible” source that the two left the country late last year, Trillanes claimed Limlingan and Baloloy left the country via backdoor channels, which explains why the BI has no record of their supposed departure.

He, however, refused to disclose the details of the mode of transportation as he is still verifying the information.

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According to Trillanes, they were supposedly hiding somewhere in Asia.

He also challenged the Vice President’s camp to produce Limlingan and Baloloy to prove that Binay has nothing to do with their supposed departure.

But Quicho noted that it is part of Trillanes’ way of attacking the Vice President “while using the Senate’s time and resources. He has declared his candidacy as vice president and he should stop using his office to bully and threaten people who do not share his kind of politics,” he stressed.

“This further highlights the true intention of Senator Trillanes, which is to get mileage and not to come up with ways on how to uplift people’s lives,” Quicho said.

Meanwhile, De Lima assured that the DoJ is ready to take further steps such as the cancellation of Limlingan and Baloloy’s passports if there would be a strong indication that they are already out of the country.

Blue ribbon subcommittee, which is investigating the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II construction and other corruption accusations against the Vice President, recommended that Limlingan and Baloloy be charged with plunder.


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Kid Peña takes oath as acting Makati mayor By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 30, 2015 - 10:10am 12 537 googleplus0 0


Makati Vice Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña served as acting mayor of the city for a month when Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay was suspended last March.

MANILA, Philippines - Vice Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña on Tuesday took his oath for the second time around as acting mayor of the city following the suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr.

The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday issued a preventive suspension order against Binay in relation to the alleged anomalous construction of the Makati City Science High School.

READ: Second suspension order issued vs Junjun Binay

Peña took his oath as soon as the suspension order against Binay was posted by the Department of Interior and Local Government at the Makati City Hall.

On Monday, Binay maintained that he will not leave the city hall despite the suspension order against him, citing that it is part of the administration's attempt to block the presidential bid of his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In March, the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Binay in connection to the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.


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Junjun Binay: No fair treatment from administration By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm


The Office of the Ombudsman has issued a suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay in relation to the alleged anomalous transactions of the Makati City Science High School building. Mark Pimentel, File

MANILA, Philippines - Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay on Monday insisted that he will not leave the Makati City Hall despite the suspension order issued against him.

During a televised press conference, Binay said that the second suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman was still a part of the demolition job against his father Vice President Jejomar Binay who plans to seek the presidency in 2016.

"Alam namin na hindi kami makakakuha ng patas na pagtrato sa administrasyon lalo na sa Ombudsman na bahagi ng conspiracy, sa conspiracy po nila laban sa aking ama," Binay said.

However, the younger Binay is still hoping that the court will be fair in dealing with his case.

The Makati mayor reiterated that "selective justice" is being served by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

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"Sa birthday po ng isang dating senador, dating congressman dito sa tinatawag na Thursday group, ipinagmamayabang po ng isang kilalang negosyante na napakalapit po kay Secretary Mar Roxas sa loob ng dalawang linggo ay masususpinde na po ako," the Makati mayor said.

The younger Binay noted that he has not yet received the said preventive suspension order against him in relation to the alleged anomalous construction of the Makati City Science High School building.

"Sabihin na lang natin 'yung gusto nilang pumalit dito, Liberal Party," the younger Binay said.

According to a report, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas has confirmed that the he has received the suspension order from the Ombudsman this morning.


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MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Tuesday urged Makati Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay to follow the second suspension order issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman over graft allegations.

While Binay continues to defy the suspension order, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the rule of law should be upheld.

"Kailangan sundin ang mga kautusang legal dahil tayo ay pamahalaan ng batas, hindi ng tao," Coloma said in a text message to reporters.

On Monday, the Office of the Ombudsman confirmed that a new preventive suspension order was issued against Binay and 14 others for their supposed involvement in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati Science High School.

The mayor's father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, is also being probed for criminal and administrative offenses along with 19 other former and incumbent officials of Makati and some private individuals.

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Earlier, fact-finding investigators found probable cause to proceed with the probe for graft and falsification of public documents against the respondents.

The younger Binay, however, vowed not to leave city hall, saying the suspension order is part of the administration's "selective justice" and an attempt to derail the presidential bid of his father.

"It’s obvious that when it comes to complaints against the administration, the Ombudsman hardly moves, but when it comes to Binay, investigation is fast-tracked even without basis," the STAR quoted the mayor as saying.

Last March, Binay was also ordered suspended preventively in connection with an investigation on the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

However, the implementation of his suspension was stopped after he secured a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals.


TRIBUNE EDITORIAL

What else can you call it?
Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 05 July 2015 00:00

Something which Makati Mayor Junjun Binay recounted during one of his speeches in front of his supporters connected the dots in the allegations of selective justice against the Ombudsman and the Liberal Party, particularly putative LP standard bearer Mar Roxas.

Binay said businessman Salvador “Buddy” Zamora, brother of minority leader Ronaldo Zamora, has been heard boasting in a regular meeting among businessmen and politicians on the Office of the Ombudsman issuing a suspension weeks before it happened.

Zamora is the main financial backer of Noynoy then and now Roxas, who is believed to be behind the Ombudsman suspension order.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) also accused Zamora of financing the demolition job against Vice President Jojo Binay and members of his family over the last 10 months.

“This big businessman blustered in a birthday party of one of the members of the Thursday Club that my suspension order is imminent from the Ombudsman within two weeks. My suspension order came exactly two weeks after,” Binay said.

Binay added if the Ombudsman decides without favor given as Conchita Carpio-Morales claimed, why can Zamora predict the actions of the Office of the Ombudsman?

UNA secretary general JV Bautista said that another piece of proof on selective justice as practiced by Carpio-Morales, Roxas and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima are two members of the LP who were found guilty by the Sandiganbayan but are still occupying their posts to this day.

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“To cite an example of the selective justice they employ on their allies in the Liberal Party, Domingo Panganiban, mayor of Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and Alfonso Umali, governor of Oriental Mindoro continue to sit in their posts despite having been convicted by the Sandigabanbayan of a criminal offense,” he said.

Umali solicits funds for the LP, in which he acts as party treasurer.

Umali, former Gov. Rodolfo Valencia and board member Romualdo Bawasanta were found guilty of a graft case concerning the approval of an anomalous P2.5-million loan in 1994. They face up to 10 years in jail.

Panganiban, meanwhile, was convicted for malversation of public funds worth P500,000. He was sentenced to 10 to 18 years in jail and fined P463,931.78.

Roxas citing “guidance” from f De Lima openly defied a Court of Appeals restraining order as he tried to enforce the first suspension order against Binay.

On his second try, this time based on the Makati Science High School building which is allegedly overpriced as was the charge on the Makati City Hall Building ll, Binay chose to leave the city hall building as the situation had become tense with the policemen sent by Roxas harassing the supporters of Binay.

Also an Ombudsman ruling regarding the Metro Rail Transit controversy charged with graft resigned MRT general manager Al Vitangcol and other officials of the mass transit system operator but spared LP bigwigs such as Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya and even Roxas who was the head of the Department of Transportation and Communications when much of the irregularities under investigation by the Ombudsman happened.

Carpio-Morales charged Vitangcol for graft for awarding the MRT maintenance contract to the company of his uncle-in-law but she claimed there was no strong evidence to include Abaya in its preliminary investigation.

Not a word was said on PH Trams incorporator Wilson de Vera, another LP stalwart, who was pinpointed by Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar as being the pointman in the extort try on Inekon, a Czech train coach supplier.

The extortion attempt also included relatives of Aquino, such as presidential sister Ballsy and her husband Eldon Cruz, as well as a presidential first cousin, all of whom, of course Carpio-Morales will not subject to any probe.

If Carpio-Morales does not practice selective justice then the earth is flat and is supported on the back of a turtle.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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