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VIOLENCE ERUPTS AS DILG SERVES SUSPENSION ORDER VS JUNJUN BINAY


JUNE 30 ---Mayor Junjun Binay, (top inset) a supporter who got injured when the DILG posted the suspension order (bottom inset) at the entrance of the Makati City Hall. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO and INSET PHOTOS BY RUEL PEREZ/RADYO INQUIRER
Violence erupted Tuesday at the Makati City Hall after the officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) served the suspension order against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay. The DILG officials serving the suspension order were not allowed to personally provide the order so it was posted at the entrance of the city hall. Tension started to arise after supporters threw bottled waters and chairs to police authorities in the area. A Radyo Inquirer report said at least eight people were injured including three policemen. Earlier, tension also broke out between police and Makati City Hall employees when the latter were prevented from entering their office. Thousands of supporters trooped to the city hall as early as Monday after the Ombudsman issued Binay’s second suspension order over the alleged Overpriced Makati City Science High School. A defiant Binay, however, remained holed-up in his office refusing to acknowledge the suspension order. IDL THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: The Vice President assaulted, threatened policemen—claimed cop


JUNE 30 ---Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias receives a call while detailed as ground commander of police units securing the Makati City Hall. RUEL PEREZ/RADYO INQUIRER 
Police will charge Vice President Jejomar Binay for assaulting, badmouthing and threatening lawmen tasked to secure the Makati City Hall, an official said Tuesday.  Senior Supt Elmer Jamias, deputy chief for administration for the Southern Police District (SPD), said he and his men would file charges of physical injury, direct assault on a person of authority, oral defamation and grave threat against Binay. “Hindi ko inaaasahan na ang Vice President pa natin pa ang mangunguna sa paglabag sa batas,” (I did not expect the Vice President to take the lead in breaking the law) said Jamias, the ground commander of policemen deployed to keep the peace at the city hall grounds.
“Kagabi ay hindi ako nag-expect na dadating si Vice President Binay at ako ay kukumprontahin niya at lalait-laitin bilang alagad ng batas,” (Last night, I did not expect that Vice President Binay would arrive to confront me and berate as a lawman) Jamias told Radyo Inquirer 990AM. READ MORE...WATCH RELATED VIDEO: http://bcove.me/crje6r39
HEATED EXCHANGE BETWEEN BINAY LAWYER AND PNP

ALSO: Nabubuwisit na talaga ‘ko!- Morales the ombudsman dares Binay camp to file impeachment complaint
[“I am impeachable. If you feel that I have done wrong, go ahead file a complaint. Nabubuwisit na talaga ako. I am apolitical, wala akong pinapanigan,” she said.]


JUNE 30 ---Ombudsman Conchita Morales
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Wednesday maintained that she acted in accordance with the law and the evidence when she issued the suspension order against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and 14 other city officials. “I always decide in accordance with the law and evidence. Otherwise I have no reason to be here. Para sa kanila wala nang ginawang tama ang Ombudsman,” Morales said in a press briefing, after her suspension order was initially met with defiance by Binay. Morales candidly admitted that she is getting sick of Binay's criticisms that the Ombudsman is being used by the administration in prosecuting those in the opposition. “I am impeachable. If you feel that I have done wrong, go ahead file a complaint. Nabubuwisit na talaga ako. I am apolitical, wala akong pinapanigan,” she said. Binay, in a speech inside the Makati City Hall Monday afternoon, said the Ombudsman is being used by the administration as conduit in the alleged political harassment against his family, especially since his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, has been open about his plan to run for president in 2016. READ MORE...

ALSO: Amid 2nd suspension, Mayor Binay seeks CA help anew


JULY 1 ---The Court of Appeals. Inset Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO 
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “JunJun” Binay has asked the Court of Appeals to nullify the order of suspension imposed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman, this time, in connection with the alleged rigged bidding for the construction of the 10-story Makati Science High School (MSHS) Building to favor a preselected bidder. In his 33-page petition, he also urged the appeals court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the six-month preventive suspension order imposed against him. On Tuesday morning, officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government posted the suspension order against Binay at the entrance of the Makati City Hall amid violent opposition from his supporters. His Vice Mayor, Romulo “Kid” Peña was sworn in as acting mayor.  READ: Violence erupts as DILG serves suspension order vs Mayor Binay. This is the second petition he filed with the Court of Appeals. The first was to stop his preventive suspension for the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building. READ MORE...


ALSO: CA orders Trillanes to respond to contempt raps over bribe claims


JUKY 1 --TRILLANES 
The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered a nemesis of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the Senate, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, to respond to contempt charges filed against him in connection with his still unsubstantiated allegations on two CA magistrates that they had received P25-million each to halt the suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay. In a two-page resolution, the appeals court Special 11th Division, made public yesterday, gave Trillanes to comment within 10 days upon receipt of the resolution. “Without necessarily giving due course to the petition, respondent is Directed to file his Comment thereon (not a motion to dismiss), within 10 days from receipt hereof which shall be considered as his answer to the petition should it be given due course,” the appeals court said. The Binay camp has five days to file a reply if it wants to do so. “Upon filing of the said comment and reply , or upon the expiration of the period to file the same without pleadings being filed by either party, the petition shall be considered as submitted for decision unless we issue a directive to hear the case or require the parties to submit memoranda,” the CA said. The appeals court resolution was written by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz and was concurred by Justices Myra Garcia-Fernandez and Melchor Sadang. The contempt case was filed by Mayor Binay against the senator for casting aspersion not only on the justices of the appeals court’s 6th division that issued the restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction but also against the entire appeals court. READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy, Mar harassment of VP goes on high gear


JULY 1 ---Binay: Police officer lying on scuffle, blocked workers from entering
With the word war now heating up some more, the harassment from President Aquino and his presumptive standard bearer, Interior chief Manuel “Mar “ Roxas’ waged on “political enemy number 1,” Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay stepped up against the VP, going on full gear after Binay resigned from the Cabinet and has been publicly criticizing the Aquino administration. Yesterday, the Southern Police District (SPD) threatened to file charges against Binay for allegedly engaging anti-riot police deployed around the Makati City Hall building in confrontation Monday night. Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy district director for administration of SPD who serves as ground commander of the anti-riot policemen, said that their legal team is now mulling the filing of criminal cases against the Vice President. But the VP said Jamias was lying through his teeth. There were also no photos or video footage proving his claims, which were exaggerated. Jamias claimed they are planning to file charges of oral defamation, threat, physical injury and assault upon persons of authority against the opposition leader. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erap to run if Binay backs out


JULY 2 ---Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he could still take a shot at Malacañang since he was not able to finish his term in 2001. Philstar.com/File photo
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, a member of the opposition’s so-called Three Kings, was conspicuously absent yesterday at the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as an opposition party. But Estrada downplayed his absence, explaining that what was launched was not a coalition and he belonged to another party. He said he was not ruling out a coalition with UNA, which is headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay. In fact, if Binay drops out of the 2016 race due to his legal problems, Estrada said he would run for president under the opposition umbrella. “That’s a possibility – a big possibility,” Estrada told reporters in a a chance interview at the Manila Hotel, as he emphasized the need for the opposition to field a common candidate. “Walang democracy kung walang opposition (There is no democracy without the opposition).” “That is the only time that I will be forced to run for president, because we cannot allow the opposition to have no candidate. It will no longer be democracy if there is no opposition candidate,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: The Araw Ng Maynila 2015 celebrations


JUNE 24 ---MANILA HONORS NORA AUNOR. Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada congratulates actress Nora Aunor who received the top award in the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan awards yesterday held at Manila City Hall. Looking on from left: Councilor Yul Servo Nieto, Director Liza Villasenor of Tourism, Councilor Re Fugoso, Estrada, Aunor, and Councilor Cristy Isip.
Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada and the City Council of Manila have lined up various activities for the celebration of the 444th foundation day of the City of Manila, June 24th this year. The traditional awarding ceremony for Outstanding Manilans will be held at Fiesta Pavilion of Manila Hotel on June 23, 6 pm. Also to be given citations are the Outstanding Taxpayers of the city. The week-long festivities started last with Medical Missions in the city’s various hospitals from June 15 to June 19, specifically at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Sampaloc, and Justice Abad Santos Hospital. As in previous years, the celebration affords the city officials to honor various community sectors, and cite them for their concrete achievements and contributions to nation-building. First to be given such accolades are the Outstanding Educators and Students who were feted by Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel last June 16. READ MORE...

ALSO Editorial: Spectacle in Makati


If there’s anything that the business community wants and expects in governance, it’s adherence to the rule of law. The opposite—as perfectly illustrated in the spectacle last Tuesday at Makati City Hall, where supporters of the Binay family went hammer and tongs at policemen deployed to preserve the peace while a six-month suspension order is served on Mayor Junjun Binay—is bad for business and a surefire way to scare off foreign investments. Imagine how that spectacle, which suggested anarchy in the premier business district no less, and which was earlier marked by the mayor’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, tangling with police officers, came across to prospective investors. Mayor Binay has since decided to leave his office, having failed to secure a response from the Court of Appeals to his “extremely urgent” petition for a temporary restraining order on his suspension. As an elected mayor, after all, he owed it to his constituents to, in the words of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, “hold [himself] to the highest bar of accountability” by obeying the order and facing the administrative charges of grave misconduct, dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service filed against him.The influential Makati Business Club (MBC)expressed concern and observed that the crisis has generated “an environment of uncertainty and instability” in the country’s financial center. It noted that “such a situation is unnecessary and counterproductive, specially at a time when the economy is steadily growing and there is renewed investor interest in the Philippines.” It also wondered why the mayor decided to leave City Hall only after a significant period of time, two orders from the Ombudsman and occurrences of violence. The MBC was correct to point out that what transpired at Makati City Hall showed “the cost of defying a suspension order, which has almost become common practice among public officials facing charges.”  READ MORE...


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Violence erupts as DILG serves suspension order vs Mayor Binay


Mayor Junjun Binay, (top inset) a supporter who got injured when the DILG posted the suspension order (bottom inset) at the entrance of the Makati City Hall. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO and INSET PHOTOS BY RUEL PEREZ/RADYO INQUIRER

MANILA, JULY 6, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ June 30th, 2015 - Violence erupted Tuesday at the Makati City Hall after the officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) served the suspension order against Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay.

The DILG officials serving the suspension order were not allowed to personally provide the order so it was posted at the entrance of the city hall. Tension started to arise after supporters threw bottled waters and chairs to police authorities in the area.

A Radyo Inquirer report said at least eight people were injured including three policemen. Earlier, tension also broke out between police and Makati City Hall employees when the latter were prevented from entering their office.

Thousands of supporters trooped to the city hall as early as Monday after the Ombudsman issued Binay’s second suspension order over the alleged Overpriced Makati City Science High School.

A defiant Binay, however, remained holed-up in his office refusing to acknowledge the suspension order. IDL


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VP Binay assaulted, threatened policemen—official SHARES: 14K VIEW COMMENTS By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 12:08 PM June 30th, 2015


Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias receives a call while detailed as ground commander of police units securing the Makati City Hall. RUEL PEREZ/RADYO INQUIRER

Police will charge Vice President Jejomar Binay for assaulting, badmouthing and threatening lawmen tasked to secure the Makati City Hall, an official said Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias, deputy chief for administration for the Southern Police District (SPD), said he and his men would file charges of physical injury, direct assault on a person of authority, oral defamation and grave threat against Binay.

“Hindi ko inaaasahan na ang Vice President pa natin pa ang mangunguna sa paglabag sa batas,” (I did not expect the Vice President to take the lead in breaking the law) said Jamias, the ground commander of policemen deployed to keep the peace at the city hall grounds.

“Kagabi ay hindi ako nag-expect na dadating si Vice President Binay at ako ay kukumprontahin niya at lalait-laitin bilang alagad ng batas,” (Last night, I did not expect that Vice President Binay would arrive to confront me and berate as a lawman) Jamias told Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

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According to him, Binay wanted the police to leave City Hall where the Vice President’s son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, was holding out after the Office of the Ombudsman suspended him again—this time over the allegedly overpriced Makati Science High School building.

Jamias said that when he saw Binay, he expected the Vice President to thank him and his men for providing security at the Makati City Hall complex.

“Ngunit kabaligtaran ang tinanggap ko, puro panlalait, panghahamon at threat,” (But the opposite happened. I only got berated and threatened) he said.

After accosting him, Jamias said Binay turned to his men.

“Ilang minuto lang, ‘yung mga tauhan ko ay kanyang kinwelyuhan at sinaktan,” (Later, he turned to my men whom he collared and attacked) Jamias claimed.

Binay also reportedly collared Chief Inspector Gideon Gines for allegedly pushing away Aida Dizon, the sister of his wife Dr. Elenita Binay, when she tried to enter the City Hall. Gines denied Binay’s claim.

At one point, Jamias said Binay grabbed and pulled away one of his supporters whom police had arrested for making threats that he had a grenade.

Despite the incident, the official said police maintained maximum tolerance towards Binay and his supporters.

Jamias said he and his men would remain at City Hall to prevent any untoward incident that may happen between the supporters of Binay and their rivals.

Later Tuesday morning, eight persons, including three policemen, were injured when supporters of the mayor tried to prevent officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government from serving the suspension order against him and 14 other city officials. Mary Gillan Frances Ropero, Inquirer.net trainee


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Amid 2nd suspension, Mayor Binay seeks CA help anew SHARES: 1443 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tetch Torres-Tupas @T2TupasINQ INQUIRER.net 10:22 AM June 30th, 2015


The Court of Appeals. Inset Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “JunJun” Binay has asked the Court of Appeals to nullify the order of suspension imposed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman, this time, in connection with the alleged rigged bidding for the construction of the 10-story Makati Science High School (MSHS) Building to favor a preselected bidder.

In his 33-page petition, he also urged the appeals court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the six-month preventive suspension order imposed against him.

On Tuesday morning, officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government posted the suspension order against Binay at the entrance of the Makati City Hall amid violent opposition from his supporters. His Vice Mayor, Romulo “Kid” Peña was sworn in as acting mayor.

This is the second petition he filed with the Court of Appeals. The first was to stop his preventive suspension for the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building.

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On the first case, the Court of Appeals issued a 60-day restraining order which later became an injunction, to indefinitely stop the implementation of the suspension order until his petition is resolved. The Ombudsman went to question the Court of Appeals’ decision before the Supreme Court which conducted an oral argument on the case. The petition is still pending.

In his latest petition, Binay said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales committed grave abuse of discretion in issuing the suspension order even without evidence showing how he rigged the bidding or conspired with other respondents to rig the bidding.

Under Section 24 of the Ombudsman Act, any officer or employee may be preventively suspended pending an investigation when the evidence of guilt is strong.

In this case, however, Binay said Carpio-Morales merely relied on the sworn statement of Engineer Mario Hechanova, former head of the Makati City government’s general services department. Hechanova said he got orders to rig the bidding from Binay through a certain Eng. Nelson B. Morales.

Quoting a Supreme Court decision, Binay said “when the evidence is based on what was supposedly told by the witness, the same is without any evidentiary weight for being patently hearsay.”

“It must be emphasized that there is absolutely nothing in the Joint Order or the said sworn statements that mentions Petitioner (Binay), much less attributes any acts against him…The allegations are considered hearsay and should not have been accorded any probative value by the Ombudsman,” the petition stated.

Binay added that the fact that Engr. Morales is dead, all the more that Hechanova’s testimony should not be given any value since his information could no longer be verified.

Binay also said that the order violated his rights because the Ombudsman tends to suspend him for accusations allegedly committed during his previous term.

In the case of Aguinaldo v. Santos, the Supreme Court ruled that “a public official cannot be removed for administrative misconduct committed during a prior term since his reelection to office operates as a condonation of the officer’s previous misconduct to the extent of cutting off the right to remove him thereof.”
IDL


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Nabubuwisit na talaga ‘ko!: Ombudsman Morales dares Binay camp to file impeachment complaint By ELIZABETH MARCELO,GMA News July 1, 2015 1:45pm 13.8K 191 2 14.6K

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Wednesday maintained that she acted in accordance with the law and the evidence when she issued the suspension order against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and 14 other city officials.

“I always decide in accordance with the law and evidence. Otherwise I have no reason to be here. Para sa kanila wala nang ginawang tama ang Ombudsman,” Morales said in a press briefing, after her suspension order was initially met with defiance by Binay.

Morales candidly admitted that she is getting sick of Binay's criticisms that the Ombudsman is being used by the administration in prosecuting those in the opposition.

“I am impeachable. If you feel that I have done wrong, go ahead file a complaint. Nabubuwisit na talaga ako. I am apolitical, wala akong pinapanigan,” she said.

Binay, in a speech inside the Makati City Hall Monday afternoon, said the Ombudsman is being used by the administration as conduit in the alleged political harassment against his family, especially since his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, has been open about his plan to run for president in 2016.

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After failing to get a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals, the younger Binay temporarily stepped down Wednesday morning, two days after the issuance of the suspension order.

Morales said that while Binay’s action can be considered a “healthy development” in the situation at the Makati City hall, “it is unfortunate that it happened only after violence, intimidation and coercion” had already taken place.

Morales has maintained that her office found strong evidence against Binay and the other Makati City Hall officials, which prompted her to issue the suspension order.

“Sa tingin namin, napakalakas ng ebidensiya. Ano ang gusto nila, tumunganga na lang kami. No way!” she said.

The six-month preventive suspension order was in connection with graft and other administrative and criminal complaints against Binay and the other respondents in connection with the alleged irregularities in the construction of a ten-storey building in Makati Science High School. —KBK, GMA News


TRIBUNE

CA orders Trillanes to respond to contempt raps over bribe claims Written by Benjamin B. Pulta Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00


TRILLANES

The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered a nemesis of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the Senate, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, to respond to contempt charges filed against him in connection with his still unsubstantiated allegations on two CA magistrates that they had received P25-million each to halt the suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay.

In a two-page resolution, the appeals court Special 11th Division, made public yesterday, gave Trillanes to comment within 10 days upon receipt of the resolution.

“Without necessarily giving due course to the petition, respondent is Directed to file his Comment thereon (not a motion to dismiss), within 10 days from receipt hereof which shall be considered as his answer to the petition should it be given due course,” the appeals court said. The Binay camp has five days to file a reply if it wants to do so.

“Upon filing of the said comment and reply , or upon the expiration of the period to file the same without pleadings being filed by either party, the petition shall be considered as submitted for decision unless we issue a directive to hear the case or require the parties to submit memoranda,” the CA said.

The appeals court resolution was written by Associate Justice Stephen Cruz and was concurred by Justices Myra Garcia-Fernandez and Melchor Sadang.

The contempt case was filed by Mayor Binay against the senator for casting aspersion not only on the justices of the appeals court’s 6th division that issued the restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction but also against the entire appeals court.

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The petition said Trillanes’ allegations have brought “the authority of the courts and the administration of the law into disrepute.”

“Respondent’s malicious and baseless utterances and imputations against the Honorable Court and the Justices of the 6th Division of the Honorable Court show that he has blatantly displayed his lack of respect for the Honorable Court and the judicial system as he whimsically and capriciously attacks the integrity and independence of the Honorable Court and its members without any evidence whatsoever, thus, tending to bring the authority of the Court and the administration of law into disrepute,” the petition stated.

Trillanes said CA justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta received P20-million in exchange for issuing the restraining order and an additional P5-million for issuing the writ of preliminary injunction.

The restraining order is in effect for 60 days, but with the issuance of the restraining order, the preventive suspension order cannot be implemented until the appeals court has ruled on the merits of Mayor Binay’s petition that questions the legality of the suspension order.

Trillanes is known to make claims that cannot be substantiated.
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Noy, Mar harassment of VP goes on high gear
Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00


Binay: Police officer lying on scuffle, blocked workers from entering

With the word war now heating up some more, the harassment from President Aquino and his presumptive standard bearer, Interior chief Manuel “Mar “ Roxas’ waged on “political enemy number 1,” Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay stepped up against the VP, going on full gear after Binay resigned from the Cabinet and has been publicly criticizing the Aquino administration.

Yesterday, the Southern Police District (SPD) threatened to file charges against Binay for allegedly engaging anti-riot police deployed around the Makati City Hall building in confrontation Monday night.

Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy district director for administration of SPD who serves as ground commander of the anti-riot policemen, said that their legal team is now mulling the filing of criminal cases against the Vice President. But the VP said Jamias was lying through his teeth.

There were also no photos or video footage proving his claims, which were exaggerated.

Jamias claimed they are planning to file charges of oral defamation, threat, physical injury and assault upon persons of authority against the opposition leader.

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The camp of the Vice President vehemently denied police accusations that the VP led his supporters in the violent confrontation with the police, who served the suspension order against his son, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, saying that on the contrary it was the Vice President who almost got hurt after being pushed by a member of the police force.

In a text message, Joey Salgado, head of the media affairs of the Office of the Vice President accused Jamias of lying when he pointed to the VP as the one who started the melee when he manhandled the members of the police force sent to serve the suspension order.

“Col. Jamias is lying. He was not even there,” said Salgado.

Salgado said the highest ranking police officer who was at the area of the confrontation was Chief Inspector Gideon Gines, whom he said, instigated the confrontation.

It was Major Gines who started it all when he blocked the path of the Vice President when he tried to get inside the Makati City Hall compound and then pushed him,” said Salgado.

“In an interview this morning, Major Gines said nothing untoward happened between them and the supporters of the Binays but now he is singing a different tune after talking with Col. Jamias,” said Salgado.

The sister-in-law of the VP Aida Dizon also accused Gines of harassing her when she tried to get inside the Makati City Hall compound.

According to Dizon, Gines, whom she identified through his nameplate, tried to stop her from going inside even as she identified herself as an aunt of the mayor. Dizon claimed she was pushed by Gines when she insisted on going inside the compound.

The mayor, who is again seeking relief from the Court of Appeals (CA) regarding his second suspension in three months, said they would file appropriate charges against the police involved in harassing his supporters.

Meanwhile, lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho, the VP’s spokesman for political concerns hit the administration for its relenting attack against the Binays.

“It seems this is a good plot for the telenovela Forevermore,” said Quicho.

“There’s no stopping them and we don’t see any plan for them to stop,” he added.

“The only thing that puzzles us is why they are singling out the Binays,” said Quicho.

He added that if the VP had been on the offensive the past few days, it was mainly due to the heightened attack against him by the administration.

“The attacks against the Vice President and his family are fast reaching their apex. They are now doing everything, pressuring the Vice President to submission. They want him to back out of the 2016 presidential race. But that won’t happen,” Quicho said.

Quicho also chastised presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda for daring the vice president to step on the offensive, as he mocked Binay telling him: “Bring it on.”

“All we can say to Secretary Lacierda is, ‘Be careful of what you wish for,’” said Quicho.

Jamias accused the Vice President of leading his family’s supporters in confronting SPD policemen deployed in the vicinities of the city hall following the issuance of a second suspension against Mayor Junjun Binay by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“We are studying to file the charges following last night’s (Monday) incident. He threatened me at fought the police. The Binay supporters hurt the police, including the women,” Jamias said in a broadcast interview.

Jamias said he himself personally heard harsh words from the Vice President.

The police official particularly cited the instance when one of the Binay supporters screamed that he was getting a grenade and who was immediately whisked by SPD-Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team but was “intercepted” by the Vice President.

“Everything is being documented for the filing of appropriate charges against the Vice President,” said Jamias.

Tension at the Makati City Hall went high on Monday after the Ombudsman attempted to serve the second suspension order against the younger Binay in connection to the alleged rigging of the construction project for the Makati Science High School.

Hundreds of loyal supporters of the Binay family immediately gathered around the city hall to sympathize.

However, some complained of not being allowed to proceed to the area after anti-riot policemen from the SPD blocked all entry points and started implementing check points.

Jamias, however, claimed that only vehicles were stopped from entering the vicinity, which proved to be a lie.

“We are here to perform our mandate to maintain peace and order and not to create trouble,” claimed Jamias.

The issuance of the second suspension order against the younger Binay came immediately after the Vice President resigned from the Aquino Cabinet and started criticizing the administration.

The Vice President, who openly declared his intention to run as president in 2016, has been the subject of massive attacks coming from allies of President Aquino since last year.

But Binay has stood firm on his declaration as he vowed no amount of political persecution will prevent him from running as president.

Roxas warns the Binays

Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II yesterday sent DILG-National Capital Region (NCR) officer in charge Director Maria Lourdes Agustin to implement the suspension order against Binay and 14 other officials of Makati City government.

Agustin, accompanied by SPD Director Chief Supt. Henry Ranola, failed to enter the city hall when they arrived there at around 8:06 a.m. and instead posted the suspension order on the main entrance gate .

At around 9:30 a.m. Vice Mayor Romulo Peña took his oath as acting mayor before Assistant City Prosecutor Julius Caesar Gaurano of the Department of Justice.

Roxas said that the DILG-NCR will submit its compliance report to the Ombudsman and warned those who would stand against the order.

“It must be emphasized that no one is above the law, thus any person who shall unjustly impede this valid and lawful exercise of government function shall be dealt with in accordance with the rule of law,” said Roxas.

Roxas said that he instructed NCR Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Carmelo Valmoria to ensure peace and order in the implementation of the suspension order and exercise maximum restraint.

“There was only drama maybe because Mayor Binay does not want to step down…Mayor Binay, you do not own Makati, no one is reigning here except the law. We are just enforcing the law –and that is what the DILG and the PNP,” said Roxas.

This was however met with a statement from the Binay camp that what must be followed is the Constitution, and that the the Mayor has filed a petition before the Court of Appeals.

Mayor Binay sought succor once more from the CA, following his suspension by the office of the Ombudsman.

Opposition lawyer JV Bautista said they expect a ruling from the appellate court this morning if the suspension order would be restrained.

In his 34-page petition, Mayor Binay asked the court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) and writ of preliminary injunction (WPI) on his preventive suspension – this time in connection with the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati Science High School Building (MSHSB).

The Binay camp insists the case is part of political persecution by the administration.

The case was raffled to the 10th division of the appellate court – composed of Associate Justices Celia Librea-Leagogo, Melchor Quirino Sadang and Amy Lazaro-Javier – which has yet to act on the TRO plea as of press time.

The CA earlier issued a TRO and WPI enjoining the Ombudsman from implementing a similar six-month suspension order against the local executive in connection with the alleged anomaly in the City Hall Building 2. That case was elevated to the Supreme Court for review.

Binay has again invoked the doctrine of condonation, saying the alleged illegal acts pertaining to the seven-phase MSHSB project were committed when he was not yet the city mayor.

“Undeniably, Petitioner cannot be held accountable for any for any alleged anomaly involving Phases I, II and III of the project as he not yet the elected mayor,” read the petition.

Citing the “Aguinaldo doctrine,” he said his supposed liability in the subsequent construction phases was already expunged by his re-election in 2013.

“With respect to the subsequent Phases of the same project, he is being held administratively accountable by the Office of the Ombudsman despite the clear fact that his re-election rendered the case against him moot and academic pursuant to the established ruling in Aguinaldo vs Santos. Such ruling involving suspensions in the nature of a ‘penalty’ equally applies to ‘preventive suspensions’ as well,” petitioner stressed.

Binay also argued that the Ombudsman violated its own Charter, Section 24 of Republic Act 6770, which requires “strong evidence” to justify the issuance of preventive suspension when he stressed that there is no legal or factual basis that would sustain the charges against him.

“Considering that the undisputed acts of the case and the very allegations of the complaint itself clearly evince a conclusion that Petitioner cannot be held administratively liable and there is no evidence, much less any allegation of specific acts constituting a criminal offense, necessarily the assailed Joint Order was issued with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction as it disregards the law and established jurisprudence,” he pointed out.

“Clearly, the Ombudsman whimsically and capriciously disregarded and violated the foregoing established laws and jurisprudence. Grave abuse of discretion arises when a lower court of a tribunal violates the Constitution or grossly disregards the law or existing jurisprudence,” he alleged.

Binay told the CA that the allegation of a rigged bidding in the construction of the MSHSB is premised on hearsay evidence and that the allegation of conspiracy is not supported by evidence.

Petitioner said the Ombudsman also relied on his claim that Engineer Nelson Morales purportedly received the order from the elder Binay to rig the bidding since Morales could no longer confirm or deny the same since he is already dead.

“Considering that the statement in this regard is clearly hearsay and inadmissible in court, the Ombudsman should have realized that the evidence against Petitioner is not strong and is without any basis whatsoever,” he pointed out.

Binay stressed that the Ombudsman failed to present evidence to show acts against him.

The mayor alleged that the Ombudsman failed to present any overt act he committed to justify lumping him with the other city officials who supposedly conspired to rig the bidding.

Last March, the Ombudsman office already ordered the preventive suspension of Mayor Binay over the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Parking Building II, which was built for P1.314 billion but allegedly only cost P245 million.

At the time, Binay was able to get a TRO and WPI from the sixth division of the CA. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio – Morales then questioned the orders before the SC, which has yet to rule on her petition.

Palace joins the fray

Malacañang yesterday dipped its fingers again on the issue saying that elected officials should abide by the rule of law.

“The prevalence of the rule of law is important. All elected official of the government swore they would abide by legal directives,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said during a Palace briefing, in response to the deadlock in Makati over Binay’s defiance of the state-prosecutor’s order.

The Palace official also defended the Ombudsman, following allegations from the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay that the state-prosecutor’s actions were mere part of the political attack being hurled against him and his family.

Coloma insisted, however, that there is no political agenda being served along with the order of the Ombudsman.

“It is part of the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate on alleged corruption in government and take appropriate steps in accordance with its mandate, including giving preventive suspension orders due to administrative charges filed because of constructing the Makati City building,” he said.

“The primary objective of the government is the betterment of the country, and the welfare of the people. We do not engage in politics here,” he added.

Mayor Binay said, in a statement following Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II’s press conference calling on him to just follow the order of the Ombudsman and Vice Mayor Kid Pena’s being sworn as acting mayor on Tuesday, said that the ploy to remove him from office is only part of the Liberal Party’s (LP) “grand scheme” to take control of Makati City.

“Do you see what’s happening here? This is the grand plan of the Liberal Party and who’s running for President, isn’t it Secretary Mar?” the Mayor said.

Disarray erupted in Makati after police forces were allegedly found harassing city hall employees, barring them from entering the premises to resume work. Some supporters of Mayor Binay, who in the past days lined up outside the city hall in support of the executive, were hurt in confrontation with the police.

“I am the only mayor here in the Philippines that has been suspended with not even a year passing,” Binay said, in light of the initial order of the Ombudsman to suspend him earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, his father, Vice President Binay, echoed the statements of his son and assailed earlier in the day that the order of the prosecutor is another plot yet again by the family’s political detractors.

The Vice President, in recent statements following his resignation from the Aquino Cabinet, said the administration is guilty of “selective justice,” noting that it is keen on bringing down critics and members of the opposition but saves its allies from liability.
With Joshua L. Labonera By Mario J. Mallari, Charlie V. Manalo and Benjamin B. Pulta


PHILSTAR

Erap to run if Binay backs out (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 2, 2015 - 12:00am 6 411 googleplus0 0


Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he could still take a shot at Malacañang since he was not able to finish his term in 2001. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, a member of the opposition’s so-called Three Kings, was conspicuously absent yesterday at the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as an opposition party.

But Estrada downplayed his absence, explaining that what was launched was not a coalition and he belonged to another party. He said he was not ruling out a coalition with UNA, which is headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In fact, if Binay drops out of the 2016 race due to his legal problems, Estrada said he would run for president under the opposition umbrella.

“That’s a possibility – a big possibility,” Estrada told reporters in a a chance interview at the Manila Hotel, as he emphasized the need for the opposition to field a common candidate. “Walang democracy kung walang opposition (There is no democracy without the opposition).”

“That is the only time that I will be forced to run for president, because we cannot allow the opposition to have no candidate. It will no longer be democracy if there is no opposition candidate,” he said.

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Estrada said he could still take a shot at Malacañang since he was not able to finish his term in 2001.

But he clarified that he would seek the presidency again only if something derails Binay’s candidacy.

Binay was Estrada’s vice presidential candidate in the 2010 elections.

Both are ranking in recent surveys as top choices to replace President Aquino.

Estrada has said he is torn between supporting Binay and Sen. Grace Poe in case she decides to seek the presidency. Estrada is Poe’s godfather and he and her father, the late action king Fernando Poe Jr., were close friends.

There were reports that Binay planned to field Estrada’s son, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, as running mate in 2016. But the senator’s indictment and detention without bail for plunder over the pork barrel scam may have scuttled this plan.

Together with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, who is also detained without bail for plunder, Binay and Estrada form the opposition triumvirate dubbed the Three Kings.

Estrada said he and Binay are on good terms and he is not moving away from the opposition. Estrada heads the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) while Binay belongs to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party.

“I have already given UNA to him (Binay), so there is no problem with us in the PMP because we also have a party of our own,” Estrada said.

Explaining his absence at yesterday’s gathering, Estrada said he had previous engagements.

He added he was not feeling well and even skipped the congressional hearing on the Torre de Manila case.

For his part, UNA president Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco downplayed Estrada’s absence, saying he spoke with the Manila mayor over the phone while on the way to the event.

“We were talking over the telephone and he said he really could not make it because of so many commitments,” Tiangco said. “There’s really no issue.”

Estrada also stressed that his no-show yesterday did not mean he would support Poe, who has yet to announce her candidacy.

He said he still needed time to study the platforms of government of both candidates.

“One is my kumpadre and the other is my goddaughter. I will see who can help the greater majority,” Estrada told ANC.

He said he does not rely on surveys in making his decisions, noting that he only placed third in surveys but came in second during the 2010 presidential race.

Asked about Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II’s chances of winning, Estrada said it would depend on what would happen before election day. – Aie Balagtas See, Jose Rodel Clapano, Paolo Romero


MANILA STANDARD

The Araw Ng Maynila 2015 celebrations By The Standard | Jun. 24, 2015 at 12:00am


MANILA HONORS NORA AUNOR. Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada congratulates actress Nora Aunor who received the top award in the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan awards yesterday held at Manila City Hall. Looking on from left: Councilor Yul Servo Nieto, Director Liza Villasenor of Tourism, Councilor Re Fugoso, Estrada, Aunor, and Councilor Cristy Isip.

Manila Mayor Joseph E. Estrada and the City Council of Manila have lined up various activities for the celebration of the 444th foundation day of the City of Manila, June 24th this year.

The traditional awarding ceremony for Outstanding Manilans will be held at Fiesta Pavilion of Manila Hotel on June 23, 6 pm. Also to be given citations are the Outstanding Taxpayers of the city.

The week-long festivities started last with Medical Missions in the city’s various hospitals from June 15 to June 19, specifically at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Sampaloc, and Justice Abad Santos Hospital.

As in previous years, the celebration affords the city officials to honor various community sectors, and cite them for their concrete achievements and contributions to nation-building.

First to be given such accolades are the Outstanding Educators and Students who were feted by Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel last June 16.

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Outstanding City Hall employees were also honored and given plaques of appreciation for their services in various departments of the city government, from 25 years to 40 years. The ceremony was held at the Bulwagang Antonio Villegas last June 17.

The next day, it was the turn of Senior Citizens to receive such citation from the mayor in simple ceremonies at the Senior Citizens Garden in Rizal Park, Manila, while the Outstanding Judges, Prosecutors and Policemen who have been tirelessly assisting Mayor Estrada in maintaining peace and order in the city were honored in fitting ceremonies at the New World Manila Bay Hotel, formerly Hyatt, in Ermita.

On the same day last June 18, the Urban Settlements Office led by Department Head Victoria S. Clavel and the mayor distributed Certificates of Lot Award to 29 qualified beneficiaries of the Land for the Landless Program at Bulwagang Villegas.

Estrada also handed over Transfer Certificates of Title to two families and Letters of Approval for Transfer of Awards, Deed of Sale, etc. to 22 families.

The next day, June 19, was the birth anniversary of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. There was an unveiling of the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) which was then celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In the afternoon at City Hall, the City of Manila gave the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan awards to deserving artists and institutions in the field of arts and culture.

The awardees are Nora Aunor (Diwa ng Lahi Award), Augusto Deviana, Ballet Manila, The Company, Architect Alfred Geoffrey Carandang, The Junior New System, Vic del Rosario, The Manila Hotel, Sarao Motor Inc., Tourism Infrastructure Enterprises Zone Authority (TIEZA) and actor-director Eddie Garcia (Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Award).

Last Saturday, June 20, the more than 800 barangays of Manila were at center-stage, with the Barangay Awards held at Forum 3, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The awarding ceremonies were led by Mayor Estrada and Councilor Salvador Philip Lacuna, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay Manila Chapter.

The awards’ Executive Committee and technical working group composed of heads and staff of the DILG Manila field office and the Manila Barangay Bureau picked the barangay awardees, divided into overall/group awards and specia awards.

These are Barangay ng Kinabukasan (child-friendly and gender-sensitive), Barangay Mapayapa (peaceful, secure and drug-free), Barangay Malusog (health and sanitation), Barangay Makakalikasan (clean and green) and Barangay Laging Handa (best DRRM programs - disaster and rescue).

Last Sunday, the Manila Youth and Development Office led by Dr. Angel Espiritu initiated various activities for the youth, among them the Manila Youth Rocks BMX Bike Competition, Street Dance Competition, Graffiti Theme: Dito sa Maynila, and a grand concert featuring Parokya ni Edgar, Wolf Gang and Silent Sanctuary.

Other activities were Manila’s Got Talent finals night at Robinsons Place in Ermita (June 22), First Mayor Erap Interzone Ten Ball Billiard Tournament at the Arturo Tolentino Sports Complex in Dapitan, Sampaloc (June 24) led by MASCO chief Philip Cezar, and Cooperative Awards (June 23).

Three important events capped the celebration. On June 23 at 4 p.m., the city officials will unveil the newly constructed Friendship Gate at Binondo Chinatown, at the foot of Jones Bridge. The event will be led by Mayor Estrada and Councilor Bernie Ang.

The new arch will be the biggest such Friendship Arch outside of China, measuring 15.6 meters in height and 26 meters in width. Funds used in the construction came from donations from Chinese donors.

Manila will honor its Outstanding Manilans and Outstanding Taxpayers in fitting ceremonies at the Manila Hotel on Tuesday, June 23.

Last but not least, the city will pick its Miss Manila and her court, Circa 2015, in an entertaining beauty pageant to be held at the PICC Plenary Hall at 7 p.m. on June 24. The event is handled by Viva Entertainment.


INQUIRER EDITORIAL

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If there’s anything that the business community wants and expects in governance, it’s adherence to the rule of law.

The opposite—as perfectly illustrated in the spectacle last Tuesday at Makati City Hall, where supporters of the Binay family went hammer and tongs at policemen deployed to preserve the peace while a six-month suspension order is served on Mayor Junjun Binay—is bad for business and a surefire way to scare off foreign investments.

Imagine how that spectacle, which suggested anarchy in the premier business district no less, and which was earlier marked by the mayor’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, tangling with police officers, came across to prospective investors.

Mayor Binay has since decided to leave his office, having failed to secure a response from the Court of Appeals to his “extremely urgent” petition for a temporary restraining order on his suspension.

As an elected mayor, after all, he owed it to his constituents to, in the words of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, “hold [himself] to the highest bar of accountability” by obeying the order and facing the administrative charges of grave misconduct, dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service filed against him.

The influential Makati Business Club (MBC) expressed concern and observed that the crisis has generated “an environment of uncertainty and instability” in the country’s financial center.

It noted that “such a situation is unnecessary and counterproductive, specially at a time when the economy is steadily growing and there is renewed investor interest in the Philippines.”

It also wondered why the mayor decided to leave City Hall only after a significant period of time, two orders from the Ombudsman and occurrences of violence.

The MBC was correct to point out that what transpired at Makati City Hall showed “the cost of defying a suspension order, which has almost become common practice among public officials facing charges.”

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Indeed, certain officials appear to consider a public position as a personal or family possession and sometimes have to be literally pried kicking and screaming from it. The MBC also issued the reminder that as part of the Philippine democratic processes to address possible wrongdoing, suspension is not a punishment, and submitting to a suspension order is not an admission of guilt.

This suspension order is the second issued this year to Mayor Binay by Ombudsman Morales in the course of her investigations. It involves allegations of corruption in the construction of Makati City Science High School. The first order was issued last March and involves similar allegations in the construction of Makati City Hall Building 2. But the mayor was able to secure a TRO on it from the Court of Appeals, which Morales is contesting in the Supreme Court.

The Ombudsman was spot-on when she said that the matter was all about “the right of the Filipino people … to bring [public officials] before the bar of justice if they are accused of betraying the public trust.” Lest anyone forget, she said, “[n]o official, from the lowest to the highest, is exempt from accountability. When the Office of the Ombudsman, in accordance with its constitutional mandate, finds compelling grounds to issue a preventive suspension order, it has to do so.”

As was made obvious, Mayor Binay’s family and formidable army of lawyers were hard-pressed to advise him to continue to hang tough and dig in. It is fortunate that he decided to step down to allow the investigation to take its course.

Defiance of a suspension order is the reverse of the rule of law. The Tuesday spectacle at Makati City Hall, shown on national TV and uploaded in social media, was one most alarming not only to the business community but in fact to the general public. A verified complaint has been filed; the least that Mayor Binay can do is to take a leave from running the city and finally face his accusers in court.

“Now that the case is in the judiciary, it is our hope that the courts will render a fair decision swiftly and in accordance with its merits,” the MBC said.

But the glacial pace of the wheels of justice has long been a major cause of concern in this part of the world. And that, as they say, is a different story altogether.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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