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JUNJUN BINAY TEMPORARILY STEPS DOWN, LEAVES CITY HALL
["Kahit labag sa aking kalooban, ako po ay pansamantalang lilisan sa ating city hall," Binay said.]


JULY 4, 2015 ---Makati Mayor Junjun Binay addresses his supporters after announcing that he is stepping down from his post. “I’m telling you this because my father was a human rights lawyer: That we should not be like our enemies who twist the law and unjustly use the full force of government,” he said. Ernie Peñaredondo Junjun temporarily leaves his office,"to avoid his supporters from getting hurt" A second suspension order was issued against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay in relation to the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay temporarily stepped down from office on Wednesday morning while awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeals. The Office of the Ombudsman earlier filed a preventive suspension against him in relation to the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School building. In a televised press conference, Binay said he will temporarily leave his office to avoid his supporters from getting hurt. "Kahit labag sa aking kalooban, ako po ay pansamantalang lilisan sa ating city hall," Binay said. Binay filed for a temporary restraining order and a writ of preliminary injunction against the second suspension order filed against him. On Tuesday, the Ombudsman warned Binay, who refused to leave a barricaded city hall, that it will not tolerate an open defiance of constitutional processes. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT. READ RELATED, FULL REPORT.....

ALSO Peña targets Makati ‘ghosts,’ suspends sister city pacts


JULY 1 ---Kid Peña admits plan to run for Mayor --Back as acting mayor of Makati City, Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. went to work by checking City Hall for “ghost” or bogus employees and allowing volunteers to serve as janitors in the meantime as he reviews service contracts. He also suspended Makati’s “sister city” agreements with other local government units (LGUs), thus barring the Makati Friendship Suites—a controversial hotel where the city’s official guests can stay—from accepting guests from partner LGUs. Peña on Friday said among his first acts of housekeeping was to hold off the renewal of the contracts for casual city government employees pending a physical inventory. The official held a press conference at the 21st-floor office vacated Wednesday by Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr., who complied with the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman as it investigated the allegedly overpriced Makati City Science High School building. READ MORE...

 VP Binay collared me, dinibdiban ako: cop

 

JULY 2 ---Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy director for administration of the Southern Police District (SPD) and the ground commander in Makati, maintained that the Vice President demeaned, assaulted and threatened him.  The Philippine National Police (PNP) is disputing claims by Vice-President Jejomar Binay's camp that his security personnel acted with restraint in dealing with police officers outside Makati City Hall last Monday. In a press conference, the PNP leadership showed footage from various networks and insisted that 12 police personnel were injured in the scuffle at the Makati City Hall. PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said the PNP will support the filing of charges. Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy director for administration of the Southern Police District (SPD) and the ground commander in Makati, maintained that the Vice President demeaned, assaulted and threatened him. "Nakaharap ko ang inaakala kong Vice President na sumusuporta sa kapulisan niya. Ngunit kabaliktaran ang nangyari. Siya'y naglait sa aking pangalan ng personal," Jamias said. "Sinasabi niya sa akin na, 'Kakalabanin kita ngayon, maglalaban tayo, at pagalis ko dito, tatanggalin ko mga tao mo.'" He said he will file a complaint against Binay. "Ako po'y magsasampa ng reklamo laban sa Vice President dahil sa kanyang panlalait sa aking pangalan at sa kanyang direct assault na ginawa sa akin at ang threat na sinasabi niya sakin bago siya umalis."  READ MORE...

ALSO "Battle not over!": Mayor Binay steps down as CA orders Ombudsman, DILG to comment on TRO plea


JULY 2 ---The embattled chief executive decided to leave the new Makati City Hall building and is seen here burying his head on the shoulder of his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, in exasperation after that bitter and tumultuous standoff. (Camille Ante/Russell Palma) With a heavy heart, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. yesterday temporarily vacated his post after the Court of Appeals (CA) failed to rule on his petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the preventive suspension issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman. Upon hearing his decision, some of Binay’s supporters broke into tears and turned emotional while others shouted as an expression of support for the embattled mayor. The mayor said the CA has yet to rule on his petition to get a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the second Ombudsman order. “We have not been granted a TRO or writ of preliminary injunction nor denied. What I cannot stand is seeing anyone getting hurt by police as we are marred by violence in our city,” said Binay. But he assured supporters that “the battle is not yet over.”  “The fight continues. I will not abandon you,” said Binay, who was accompanied by his family. READ MORE...

ALSO: Makati melee an ‘unfortunate’ incident, says VP security


JULY 2 ---The Vice Presidential Security Detachment (VPSD) yesterday termed the confrontation between anti-riot policemen and the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Makati City Hall last Monday as “unfortunate” even as it stressed that no security personnel of Binay caused injury to some authorities during the incident. “The scuffle at the Makati quadrangle last Monday night was an unfortunate event. In our initial investigation, we found that there is no truth to the report that the security personnel of the Vice President hurt some police officers during the incident,” Col. Ferdinand Fraginal, commander of the VPSD, in a statement, said. According to him, the OVP security personnel acted with restraint and focused their efforts to ensure the security and safety of the Vice President. Fraginal also assured authorities that they will fully cooperate with any investigation to resolve this matter.
Binay yesterday was accused by troops from the Southern Police District (SPD) of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several persons hurt. The fracas broke out after police tried to serve an order by the Office of the Ombudsman suspending the Vice President’s son, Junjun, from his post as mayor of Makati. READ MORE...

ALSO: More trouble for Junjun Binay
[RAPS TO BE FILED OVER BALOLOY SALARY PAYMENTS]


JULY 5 ---Suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay
Suspended Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay of Makati and other city officials are facing charges for the alleged payment of salaries and benefits to an employee who disappeared last year after the Senate opened an investigation into charges of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Inquirer learned on Saturday. Besides Mayor Binay, those who will be called to account for the alleged payment of salaries and benefits to Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy are City Administrator Eleno Mendoza and human resources department chief Marie Aldon, according to Leonor Baitec, administrative officer for Acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña. Baitec said the officials would be asked to explain why Baloloy was paid her monthly salary and retirement benefits despite not reporting for work for six months. She said the new city administration was gathering documents and studying what charges to bring against the officials involved. Baloloy is a longtime secretary of Vice President Binay. Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado has told Senate investigators that it was Baloloy and another longtime aide of Binay, Gerardo “Gerry” Limlingan, who allegedly received from him bags containing millions of pesos in kickbacks for Binay from corrupt infrastructure deals when the Vice President was mayor of Makati. Paid in cash Baloloy and Limlingan disappeared after a Senate blue ribbon subcommittee opened an inquiry into official corruption in Makati. READ MORE...

ALSO: Junjun Binay belittles social media, says ‘paid hacks’ abound


JULY 2 --A screengrab from Facebook shows one of the memes being spread on social media to criticize the family of Vice President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay.  FACEBOOK SCREENGRAB
The VP’s son, suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, belittled social media, which he said hosted many ‘paid hacks.’  Suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay belittled social media on Thursday for hosting many “paid hacks.” Asked on ANC’s Headstart if the Binay family was “manhid” of all the criticisms its members get on social media, Binay expressed doubt whether opinions raised online reflected those of people in general. “Ilan ba yang nasa social media?”
(How many people are on social media?) the son of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay told show host Karen Davila. Binay then questioned the credibility of criticisms and opinions expressed in social media. “Maraming bayaran diyan,” (There are many paid hacks there) the younger Binay said. Social media, mostly on Facebook and Twitter, has recently seen the spread of memes and posts criticizing the Binays for controversies ranging from alleged corruption to maintaining a political dynasty. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Inquirer commentary: Glimpses of a Binay presidency


JULY 2 ---By: Randy David-- Randolf "Randy" S. David is a Filipino journalist, television host and a sociologist. He is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of the Philippines WIKIPEDIA
In many ways, the state of politics and governance in the city of Makati exemplifies everything that is dysfunctional in the nation’s political system. Law is put in a position of having to constantly assert and defend its autonomy against political power. The official is so tightly folded into the personal that it becomes impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. Every attempt to audit official performance is regarded as a personal attack, or an assault on the whole family. But our people appear to tolerate it, or even welcome it, unable perhaps to imagine any other way of governing a society. That is how entire clans are able to monopolize political power in many provinces of the country across generations. These families manage to weave an elaborate tapestry of patronage that covers all the essential spheres of everyday existence.

Access to this system is solely decided by one’s place in an intricate web of personal connections. Here, public services become the privileges of the connected, not the entitlements of citizens. The modern hope is that as a society becomes urbanized and relatively more prosperous, people are released from the diffused roles they play in traditional patronage systems. When this happens, the personal is demarcated from the institutional, and the various function systems of society become sharply differentiated from one another. Instead of becoming a reality, this vision has remained a pie in the sky for most of our people. Instead of advancing to a higher level of institutional complexity, Philippine society appears to be drowning in a series of “de-differentiations.” The majesty of the law is undermined when politicians insist on deciding what is lawful and what is not. The sanctity of public office itself is eroded when politicians stay too long in power, and pass on their offices to members of their families as though they were part of the heirloom.

But, there are two significant developments in the nation’s politics that are worth noting. The first is that, instead of withering away, the patronage system has flourished everywhere, recruiting new players into the game. A new political class that controls a lot of cash, rides on media popularity, and commands a direct line to major politicians at the center has replaced the land-based traditional ruling elite. But, there has hardly been any change in the patronage system itself. The second is the simultaneous entry of members of the same family into the political system. Using the same patronage network and political machinery, the political family expands its clout by deploying its members to multiple elective positions, in much the same way a corporation uses a strong market presence to develop new businesses. This did not exist in the golden years of pre-martial-law CONTINUE READING....


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Junjun Binay leaves city hall, temporarily steps down


Makati Mayor Junjun Binay addresses his supporters after announcing that he is stepping down from his post.

MANILA, JULY 6, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray - Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay temporarily stepped down from office on Wednesday morning while awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeals. 

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier filed a preventive suspension against him in relation to the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School building.

In a televised press conference, Binay said he will temporarily leave his office to avoid his supporters from getting hurt.

"Kahit labag sa aking kalooban, ako po ay pansamantalang lilisan sa ating city hall," Binay said.

Binay filed for a temporary restraining order and a writ of preliminary injunction against the second suspension order filed against him.

On Tuesday, the Ombudsman warned Binay, who refused to leave a barricaded city hall, that it will not tolerate an open defiance of constitutional processes.

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Junjun steps down By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 2, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Makati Mayor Junjun Binay addresses his supporters after announcing that he is stepping down from his post. Ernie Peñaredondo

MANILA, Philippines - Saying he could not bear to see more people get hurt, suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay yesterday stepped down “temporarily,” ending a standoff that began Monday when dozens of his supporters rushed to the city hall to prevent him from being removed.

Shortly after stepping out of his office at around 9 a.m., Binay faced hundreds of supporters and kibitzers at the city hall grounds to thank and assure them that his decision to vacate his post is only temporary, as he expects the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop his suspension through a temporary restraining order (TRO) or writ of preliminary injunction.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II said the development indicated that the rule of law has prevailed. He also thanked the mayor for complying with the six-month suspension order, which was served by a team from the DILG.

On Tuesday, supporters of Binay clashed with policemen securing the area. The melee left scores hurt.

The policemen helped serve the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with its investigation into allegations of overpricing in the construction of the Makati Science High School building.

Binay told supporters he was grateful to them for keeping him company through rain or shine and despite harassment and even violence from policemen.

“With heavy heart I am temporarily leaving the city hall,” he said. Tearful family members, including his father Vice President Jejomar Binay, consoled him after his speech.

Instead of issuing a TRO, the CA ordered the ombudsman to reply to Binay’s petition for a TRO within 10 days. He stressed to his supporters that the CA did not reject his petition but merely instructed the ombudsman to comment on it.

While waiting for a TRO from the appellate court, Binay said he would not abandon the fight to clear his name and stop the mudslinging from his political foes.

“I’m telling you this because my father was a human rights lawyer: That we should not be like our enemies who twist the law and unjustly use the full force of government,” he said.

“Let’s show them that despite our experience of maltreatment, and their twisting of the law, we continue to trust the law,” he said.

“This is what I have been saying – that we should respect the law, that we should follow whatever is decreed by the courts,” he said.

“Our fight does not end here. We will never abandon you. It’s painful, but I have to do this (comply with suspension order),” he said.

Ombudsman hit

A spokesman for the Binays, lawyer JV Bautista, accused Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales of acting as judge and executioner of the Makati mayor.


WHO IS JV BAUTISTA? Attorney Jose Virgilio “JV” Bautista is human rights lawyer and a former party-list congressman. During his stint in the House of Representatives, he is the first to expose the cheating in Sultan Kudarat during the canvassing session on the 2004 national elections. APPENDED BY PHNO- PHOTO GOOGLED FROM METROMAYNILATODAY.COM

Bautista, secretary-general of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said ombudsman investigators should have applied the rule of condonation to Binay’s case.

“It is an open secret that several local chief executives all over the country are involved in irregularities but our ombudsman is focused only on the case of Mayor Binay. They are trying and trying to seek the suspension of the good mayor based on hearsay evidence,” said Bautista.

He said he found it distressing that Morales herself had argued the case against Binay before the Supreme Court, even if the government was supposed to be represented by Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

He claimed Morales’ actions had caused confusion in the SC.

At around 2 p.m., acting mayor Romulo Peña held his first official press conference at the ground floor of the Makati City Hall Building 2.

Peña told reporters he expects business transactions at city hall to normalize by tomorrow.

Business at city hall, including hearings at the courts, were suspended yesterday as some 700 police officers from the Southern Police District (SPD) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) shut down the premises.

Peña said he is set to meet with department heads today to discuss ways to normalize operations and set direction for the new leadership.

Peña said he also expects the Makati City Council to appoint First District Councilor Virgilio Hilario as acting city vice mayor.

Peña added that although he would be holding office at Makati City Hall, he definitely would not be occupying Binay’s office, as the latter is only under suspension.

Sweaty face He said he prefers his office to be easily accessible to the public, where visitors – especially needy constituents – can easily come in and see his sweaty face.

Peña said he would also be having meetings with the various sectors of the city – including the business community – to get their inputs.

The acting mayor also assured residents that basic services would continue. He added that even the benefits given to senior residents such as allowances, free health care, free movies and birthday cakes would not be stopped and would even be doubled.


Out of city hall. Makati Mayor Junjun Binay is flanked by his parents Vice President Jejomar Binay and Dr. Elenita Binay after he stepped down from city hall on Wednesday following his suspension by the Ombudsman. Ey Acasio MANILA STANDARD FILE

“There will be continuity in services and perks but this time we will try to double them,” he said in Filipino.

He also said he is considering negotiating with Red Ribbon or Goldilocks for the supply of cakes for senior citizens. “At least we can easily present receipts if the people demand so,” he said.

He also said there would be reshuffling in different departments, based on the performance of concerned officials and personnel in the next few days.

Peña also appealed to members of the city council, who are all perceived to be loyal to the suspended mayor, to cooperate with him.

As this developed, the NCRPO conducted clearing operations at the City Hall building hours after Binay stepped down.

NCRPO’s Valmoria said explosive and ordnance units, accompanied by bomb-sniffing dogs, checked every corner of the 22-story building starting late afternoon.

Valmoria said the clearing operations were agreed upon during a coordinating conference presided over by Peña with elements of the SPD, Makati City police and building security guards.

Valmoria said they expect to complete the operation early today “and business would be back to normal.”

He said as soon as Peña buckles down to work, employees and those transacting business with the city government would be allowed to enter the city hall.

“Only the employees and those transacting business would be allowed inside the building. The supporters both of Mayor Binay and acting Mayor Peña would not be allowed inside,” he stressed.

The NCRPO chief said the Makati police would secure the areas inside the City Hall building while the anti-riot policemen, headed by Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias, would remain outside the premises.


Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias

Valmoria said Jamias and his men would remain at the City Hall building until the peace and order situation stabilizes.

Meanwhile, Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA) is calling on the heads of the key shelter agencies under the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to stay in their respective posts and continue work on major housing programs.

The call was made amid demands for some officials to resign, as they are appointees of Binay.

The agencies directly under the HUDCC are Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, National Housing Authority, National Home Mortgage Finance Corp., Social Housing Finance Corp. and the Home Guaranty Corp.

CREBA national chairman Charlie Gorayeb said in a statement yesterday the housing sector should be spared from partisan politics in order for the country to achieve its targets to provide shelter to millions of homeless families.

“We cannot just push the stop button and bring the growth of the housing sector to a halt by making our qualified public servants vacate their posts on the basis of their political affiliation, without considering their credentials and performance record,” Gorayeb said.

The government has estimated the housing shortfall at 5.5 million units. Louella Desiderio, Non Alquitran, Cecille Suerte Felipe


INQUIRER

Peña targets Makati ‘ghosts,’ suspends sister city pacts SHARES: 22.7K VIEW COMMENTS By: Kristine Felisse Mangunay and Krixia Subingsubing @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:52 AM July 4th, 2015


Kid Peña admits plan to run for Mayor  PHOTO: Acting mayor of Makati City Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. INQUIRER PHOTO/NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Back as acting mayor of Makati City, Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. went to work by checking City Hall for “ghost” or bogus employees and allowing volunteers to serve as janitors in the meantime as he reviews service contracts.

He also suspended Makati’s “sister city” agreements with other local government units (LGUs), thus barring the Makati Friendship Suites—a controversial hotel where the city’s official guests can stay—from accepting guests from partner LGUs.

Peña on Friday said among his first acts of housekeeping was to hold off the renewal of the contracts for casual city government employees pending a physical inventory.

The official held a press conference at the 21st-floor office vacated Wednesday by Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjn” Binay Jr., who complied with the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman as it investigated the allegedly overpriced Makati City Science High School building.

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In March, the Ombudsman also issued a six-month suspension order against the mayor in connection with City Hall Building II, which was also under scrutiny for alleged overpricing. Binay then secured a favorable Court of Appeals ruling to justify his continued stay, just hours after Vice Mayor Peña was sworn in as acting mayor. Peña then put up a makeshift office at the old city hall.

On Friday, Peña told reporters that the contracts of around 4,000 employees listed as casuals lapsed on Tuesday.

“At present, it appears [that the contracts] were not signed and all of them are for renewal. I apologize because this happened just when I’m assuming office temporarily,” he said. “One question they always ask me is whether there are ghost employees here. This is one [opportunity] for us to find out.”

The casual employees would also have to undergo a performance evaluation prior to the renewal of their contracts, he added.

‘To rectify things’

Under the law, Peña said, he would have the power to hire personnel after 30 days from his assumption of office. “I understand the feeling and definitely all of us want life to continue. But we must understand that this has to be done. We are trying to rectify things, so let’s do it properly.”

Peña said he was also holding off the renewal of service contracts for janitorial and security services at City Hall. For now, his “volunteers” would be in charge of the complex’s maintenance.

He would also be suspending the implementation of Makati’s “sister city” agreements. “I apologize to our LGU friends, but this has to be done so we can give priority to our problems and whatever needs to be fixed in Makati. I have issued an order for the Friendship Suites not to accept visitors from other LGUs temporarily.”

But in a statement on Friday, the Binay camp reminded Peña that “you are not the new mayor.”

Binay spokesperson Joey Salgado maintained that Peña had “no authority” to cancel programs and contracts. “The Court of Appeals has yet to issue a ruling on Mayor Binay’s petition for a [temporary restraining order]. Mayor Binay stepped down temporarily as a show of respect to the court.”

Peña is also expected to follow the ruling of the court and being a member of the ruling Liberal Party “doesn’t exempt him from the rule of law,” he said.

Salgado pointed out that the Makati City government had never received any adverse findings from the Commission on Audit (COA) regarding its personnel.

COA actually conducts its own regular and random personnel audit, he added.

“But the agenda of the Liberal Party and their allies is to make up stories against the Binays. We won’t be surprised if they come out with a fake or suspicious document (to support these stories),” he said.


ABS-CBN

VP Binay collared me, dinibdiban ako: cop By Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 07/01/2015 3:00 PM

 

Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy director for administration of the Southern Police District (SPD) and the ground commander in Makati, maintained that the Vice President demeaned, assaulted and threatened him.

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is disputing claims by Vice-President Jejomar Binay's camp that his security personnel acted with restraint in dealing with police officers outside Makati City Hall last Monday.

In a press conference, the PNP leadership showed footage from various networks and insisted that 12 police personnel were injured in the scuffle at the Makati City Hall.

PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said the PNP will support the filing of charges.

Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy director for administration of the Southern Police District (SPD) and the ground commander in Makati, maintained that the Vice President demeaned, assaulted and threatened him.

"Nakaharap ko ang inaakala kong Vice President na sumusuporta sa kapulisan niya. Ngunit kabaliktaran ang nangyari. Siya'y naglait sa aking pangalan ng personal," Jamias said.

"Sinasabi niya sa akin na, 'Kakalabanin kita ngayon, maglalaban tayo, at pagalis ko dito, tatanggalin ko mga tao mo.'"

He said he will file a complaint against Binay. "Ako po'y magsasampa ng reklamo laban sa Vice President dahil sa kanyang panlalait sa aking pangalan at sa kanyang direct assault na ginawa sa akin at ang threat na sinasabi niya sakin bago siya umalis."

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Chief Insp. Gideon Ines, team leader of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), likewise, claimed that he was confronted by the Vice President, threatened to be removed from service, and punched by Binay's security personnel.

"He confronted me. While I was talking with him, I was collared and he pushed me more or less 20 meters away from our frontline. Then after that nagkaroon ng eruption ng commotion and yung mga security personnel niya dinibdiban ako," he said.

"And then na-experience ko rin yung konting threat, yung ipapatanggal daw kami sa service. Pati yung babae sa frontline ay naitulak din ng kanyang mga security personnel," he added.

Espina said police personnel deployed to the Makati City Hall exercised maximum tolerance in dealing with Vice President Binay and supporters of his family.

"Utmost restraint, professional handling and maximum tolerance were strictly observed by our men on the ground... Needless to say, this will continue on," he said.

The camp of Binay earlier also said in a statement that OVP security personnel acted with restraint when the Vice President went to the Makati City Hall on Monday evening to show support for his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who was ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged rigging of the bidding for the Makati Science High School building.

"In our initial investigation, we found that there is no truth to the report that the security personnel of the Vice President hurt some police officers during the incident," said Col. Ferdinand Fraginal, commander of the vice presidential security detachment.

The PNP has formed a special investigating task force to probe the altercation between the police personnel, and the Vice President and his aides.

In the meantime, situation at the Makati City Hall has normalized, according to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Carmelo Valmoria.

The younger Binay left the city hall Wednesday morning as he waits for the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop the Ombudsman's second suspension order against him.

"Ako po ay kahit labag sa aking puso, ako ay pansamantalang lilisan sa ating city hall," he said, adding that he wants to prevent further violence in Makati.

"Hindi pa po tapos ang ating laban. Hinding-hindi ko po kayo iiwan," said Binay.


MANILA BULLETIN

Mayor Binay steps down CA orders Ombudsman, DILG to comment on TRO plea by Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren and Rey G. Panaligan July 2, 2015 Share1 Tweet2 Share0 Email0 Share27


The embattled chief executive decided to leave the new Makati City Hall building and is seen here burying his head on the shoulder of his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, in exasperation after that bitter and tumultuous standoff. (Camille Ante/Russell Palma)

With a heavy heart, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. yesterday temporarily vacated his post after the Court of Appeals (CA) failed to rule on his petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the preventive suspension issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Upon hearing his decision, some of Binay’s supporters broke into tears and turned emotional while others shouted as an expression of support for the embattled mayor.

The mayor said the CA has yet to rule on his petition to get a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the second Ombudsman order.

“We have not been granted a TRO or writ of preliminary injunction nor denied. What I cannot stand is seeing anyone getting hurt by police as we are marred by violence in our city,” said Binay.

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HE BLINKED FIRST – As Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (left) stood by her order suspending Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. HE BLINKED FIRST – As Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (left) stood by her order suspending Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. BATTLE NOT YET OVER

But he assured supporters that “the battle is not yet over.”

“The fight continues. I will not abandon you,” said Binay, who was accompanied by his family.

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After delivering his statement, the mayor hugged his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was also on stage with him. Both hugged each other that drew tears and cheers from supporters.

The elder Binay, Dr. Elenita Binay, sisters Senator Nancy and Makati first district Rep. Abigail also joined them on stage.

Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman, said the mayor’s decision to step down is show critics that the Binays know how to respect the rule of law and the ruling of the courts.

NO TRO YET

The CA, instead of immediately ruling on the TRO plea, ordered the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to comment on Binay’s TRO and writ of preliminary injunction (WPI) for a non-extendible period of days.

In its resolution dated June 30, 2015, but was only released yesterday, the CA ordered the Ombudsman and the DILG to file their comment, not a motion to dismiss, and show cause why Binay’s prayer for TRO and WPI should not be granted. It also said that Binay may file a reply within a non-extendible period of five days from receipt of the comments.

The resolution was written by Associate Justice Melchor Q. C. Sadang and concurred in by Associate Justices Celia C. Librea-Leagogo and Amy C. Lazaro Javier of the CA’s 10th Division.

CITY HALL LOCKDOWN

Despite the mayor’s decision to temporarily leave his post, tension remains at the Makati City Hall.

The city hall remained closed, with the metal door at the entrance rolled down while hundreds of policemen barricaded all entrances.


DILG COPS surround entrance of Makati City Hall; employees wearing red earlier barred from entry. | via @kaifrancisco

Tension rose again yesterday morning when angry city employees who want to perform their daily functions quarreled with policemen who refused to let them inside the city hall.

“What’s the risk? We want to work. Our services are hampered. We have so many pending clients. How can we respond to their needs,” said a certain Mr. Barcelo, a city hall employee.

However, Supt. Eufronio Obong, assistant ground commander, stood by his decision not to let anyone enter the city hall. Obong said they had to lockdown after receiving reports of security threat in the area.

Obong said they need to clear the entire 22-story City Hall building following reports that non-city residents want to create disorder.

“We are mandated to protect the people here after the brawl last Tuesday. We are not siding any one, we do not want people to get hurt. We are here to maintain peace and order,” said Obong.

KID’S RESHUFFLE

Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid “Peña, who has been sworn in as acting mayor, yesterday hinted at a possible reshuffle of non-performing officials and employees of the city hall as he formally assumed the post temporarily vacated by Binay.

“I cannot assure that there won’t be reshuffling of men. If we see them efficient and performing but if not, that’s the time there will be a revamp,” said Peña, during a press conference held in the controversial Makati City Hall Building 2.


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Peña said his priority is to restore normalcy in the city hall’s operations hampered by the chaos brought about by Binay’s suspension. He said an inventory should be conducted first.

He directed Councilor Virgilio Hilario to assume the post as acting vice mayor through a notice, and advised council members to designate among them a presiding officer to facilitate the conduct of regular sessions at the Sangguniang Panglungsod.

All official documents and actions must be submitted and referred to him for approval.

Mayor Binay’s second preventive suspension arose from an administrative case over alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati Science High School Building (MSHSB).

Earlier in March, the CA stopped the Office of the Ombudsman and the DILG from implementing Mayor Binay’s first suspension order in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Makati City Hall Building 2.

BINAY PETITION

In his petition on the second suspension order, Mayor Binay invoked the doctrine of condonation because the acts complained of were reportedly committed when he was not yet the city executive.

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

“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,” he stressed.

Mayor Binay also told the CA that the Office of the Ombudsman violated its own law which requires that there must be “strong evidence” to warrant the issuance of a preventive suspension.

Morales said the evidence against Mayor Binay was strong and cannot be ignored.

“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 said.

Thus, he pointed out that “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.”

Mayor Binay said the pieces of evidence presented against him in the administrative case are all “hearsay evidence” and the allegation of conspiracy was not supported.

Also, the mayor pointed out in his petition that the Office of 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.

MORALES CHALLENGES CRITICS

Morales challenged yesterday her critics to initiate impeachment proceedings against her if they believe that her decision to file anew graft charges against Mayor Binay and other city officials was malicious and invalid.


MORALES

She rejected reports that President Aquino and the Liberal Party had anything to do with her decision to suspend Mayor Binay for the second time.

She said that it was unfortunate that her suspension order against the younger Binay coincided with the decision of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay to resign from his Cabinet positions.

“If you feel that I am impeachable because I have done wrong, do so. I don’t have to be impeached. I will give the position on a silver platter,” she added.

The anti-graft czar said that if the CA issues a new TRO like in the previous case, she will obey it.

“I am a law-abiding citizen. If the order is valid and legal, I will obey because that is what every Filipino should do,” she added.

PALACE PLEASED

Malacañang was pleased Binay has finally respected the rule of law and vacated his post.


LACIERDA

“We welcome the decision of Mayor Junjun Binay to heed the call of Secretary Mar Roxas for the rule of law to prevail. Indeed, today is a good day for the rule of law and there is certainly no place for mob rule in modern civil society,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. also emphasized that it was important that public officials abide by the rule of law “so reason and order may prevail.”

“We hope this will ease tensions and allow the full resumption of normal city hall operations,” Coloma added.

CHARGES FILED

Meanwhile, the immunity from suit of Vice President Binay will not deter the Philippine National Police (PNP) from pursuing charges against him, police officials said yesterday.

The National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) has already created a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to prepare all the cases that would be filed against Binay, his bodyguards, and the supporters who assaulted the police in a violent confrontation on Monday night.

“They will be consolidating the pieces of evidence that include the video footages of television networks. They were tasked to ensure the filing of strong cases,” said Director Carmelo Valmoria, NCRPO chief.

The SITG, he said, will be led by Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario.

Yesterday, the NCRPO has presented all the 12 policemen who were injured during the confrontation at the Makati City Hall. Also included was Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias, who claimed he was insulted and threatened by the Vice President.

Jamias said he will also file appropriate charges against the Vice President, saying he was deeply hurt by the way he was treated by Binay during their confrontation.

PNP’S CLAIM DENIED

But the chief of security of the Vice President denied the claim of the policemen.

In a statement, Marines Col. Ferdinand M. Fraginal, commander of Vice Presidential Security Detachment, said, “The scuffle at the Makati quadrangle last Monday night was an unfortunate event. In our initial investigation, we found that there is no truth to the report that the security personnel of the Vice President hurt some police officers during the incident. The OVP security personnel acted with restraint and focused their efforts to ensure the security and safety of the Vice President. Rest assured that we will fully cooperate with any investigation to resolve this matter.” (With reports from Jun Ramirez, Genalyn D. Kabiling, and Aaron B. Recuenco)


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Makati melee an ‘unfortunate’ incident, says VP security Written by Mario J. Mallari Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00

The Vice Presidential Security Detachment (VPSD) yesterday termed the confrontation between anti-riot policemen and the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Makati City Hall last Monday as “unfortunate” even as it stressed that no security personnel of Binay caused injury to some authorities during the incident.

“The scuffle at the Makati quadrangle last Monday night was an unfortunate event. In our initial investigation, we found that there is no truth to the report that the security personnel of the Vice President hurt some police officers during the incident,” Col. Ferdinand Fraginal, commander of the VPSD, in a statement, said.

According to him, the OVP security personnel acted with restraint and focused their efforts to ensure the security and safety of the Vice President.

Fraginal also assured authorities that they will fully cooperate with any investigation to resolve this matter.

Binay yesterday was accused by troops from the Southern Police District (SPD) of roughing up officers during a brawl that left several persons hurt.

The fracas broke out after police tried to serve an order by the Office of the Ombudsman suspending the Vice President’s son, Junjun, from his post as mayor of Makati.

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“I thought I was face-to-face with a Vice President who supported the police, but it was the opposite. He mocked my being a policeman,” Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias said of the melee, parts of which aired on television.

“I saluted him but he didn’t return it right away. He pointed at my nameplate and said I was there only to drag him out of city hall,” Jamias told a news conference.
Police leaders said they were studying possible criminal charges against the elder Binay and his bodyguards.

The Vice President has denied he laid a hand on any police officer during the Monday night confrontation in Makati.

A second officer, Chief Insp. Gideon Ines, accused the elder Binay of grabbing him by the collar and the Vice President’s bodyguards of striking him on the chest.

Police allege the Vice President later went there and helped his son defy the authorities.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) also yesterday stood behind the SPD regarding the confrontation, citing video footages of the incident.

Director Carmelo Valmoria, NCRPO chief, said while the police respect the pronouncements made by the Binay camp that the police started the chaos, the videos showed otherwise.

Valmoria, nonetheless, ordered an investigation of the confrontation involving the camp of the Vice President and SPD troops led by Senior Supt. Elmer Jamias, deputy district director for administration of SPD, and Chief Insp. Gideon Gines.

“We respect what the Binay family said that they only reacted to the police action. But videos are not lying…we will try to finish the investigation as soon as possible,” said Valmoria.

He added they already requested copies of the video footages to television networks to determine who could be slapped with charges.

At the same time, Valmoria said the NCRPO will continue assessing the situation every hour before pulling out all the troops deployed in the vicinity of Makati City Hall even after Mayor Junjun left the area in compliance to the suspension order.

“We are continuously assessing the situation to determine if our troops are still needed there,” he stressed.
With AFP


INQUIRER

More trouble for Junjun Binay RAPS TO BE FILED OVER BALOLOY SALARY PAYMENTS SHARES: 392 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nancy C. Carvajal and Leila B. Salaverria @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:40 AM July 5th, 2015


Suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay

Suspended Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay of Makati and other city officials are facing charges for the alleged payment of salaries and benefits to an employee who disappeared last year after the Senate opened an investigation into charges of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay, the Inquirer learned on Saturday.

Besides Mayor Binay, those who will be called to account for the alleged payment of salaries and benefits to Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy are City Administrator Eleno Mendoza and human resources department chief Marie Aldon, according to Leonor Baitec, administrative officer for Acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña.

Baitec said the officials would be asked to explain why Baloloy was paid her monthly salary and retirement benefits despite not reporting for work for six months.

She said the new city administration was gathering documents and studying what charges to bring against the officials involved.

Baloloy is a longtime secretary of Vice President Binay. Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado has told Senate investigators that it was Baloloy and another longtime aide of Binay, Gerardo “Gerry” Limlingan, who allegedly received from him bags containing millions of pesos in kickbacks for Binay from corrupt infrastructure deals when the Vice President was mayor of Makati.

Paid in cash

Baloloy and Limlingan disappeared after a Senate blue ribbon subcommittee opened an inquiry into official corruption in Makati.

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The Inquirer learned on Friday that City Hall continued paying Baloloy her monthly salary in cash despite not reporting for work.

A City Hall source told the Inquirer that Baloloy retired sometime during her disappearance and received a check covering her benefits and leave credits on Monday, two days before Mayor Binay stepped down after being ordered suspended for six months by the Ombudsman over alleged overpricing in the construction of Makati Science High School.

“The records show that her salary was received every payday and her retirement benefits, including terminal leave and other benefits, were given to her and received [two days] before Mayor Junjun stepped down,” the source told the Inquirer on Friday.

Informed about the ongoing investigation on Saturday, Joey Salgado, spokesman for the Binays, played down the plan of Peña’s administration to bring charges over the alleged irregularity.

“We already expected that they would come out with all types of allegations and stories,” Salgado said in a text message.

Benefits not yet paid

Citing information from Aldon, he said Baloloy had not received her retirement benefits.

“She only filed her application for early retirement, which [Mayor Binay] accepted. There is a process before anyone can get [their] benefits. [Clearance] is needed from different departments,” Salgado said.

Asked about the payment of Baloloy’s monthly salary, Salgado said: “Again, she has been in service for so long she has earned substantial leave credits. We will take appropriate actions against the lies.”

Baloloy and Limlingan are wanted by the Senate for ignoring summonses to the blue ribbon subcommittee investigation into alleged corruption in the Makati city government involving the Binays.

An Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report released by the Court of Appeals (CA) in May showed that Baloloy and Limlingan held individual and joint accounts containing hundreds of millions of pesos in deposits and that they began emptying those accounts, selling securities and preterminating time deposits, investment placements and cashing checks for hundreds of millions of pesos after the Senate inquiry began.

The court ordered a freeze on 242 bank accounts belonging to the Binays, Baloloy, Limlingan and other alleged dummies for the Vice President.

Controlled by Binays

The payment of Baloloy’s salary despite not reporting for work shows she remains controlled by the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, according to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a member of the blue ribbon subcommittee.

The subcommittee has failed to find Baloloy and Limlingan despite the issuance of warrants for their arrest.

Binay’s camp says the Vice President has not seen Baloloy and Limlingan for a long time, but the Inquirer’s report that Baloloy collected her monthly pay despite not reporting for work caught Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ attention.

“It shows that Ms. Ebeng Baloloy is still being controlled by the Binays and that she is one of the thousands of ghost employees of the Makati local government,” Trillanes said in a text message to the Inquirer.

Some of those ghost employees, he said, could be fictitious names on the city payroll or real people who do not work for the municipal government but instead render personal services for the Binays, like Baloloy and the workers at the 350-hectare agricultural estate in Batangas province allegedly owned by the Vice President.

No longer here


JUNE 30, 2015 -HEADLINE NEWS: Trillanes: Much at stake for Binays at city hall. by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News Posted at 06/30/2015 8:50 PM, MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and his family are refusing to leave city hall because doing so would take away their source of funds and expose more damning evidence of how they supposedly stole public money. ABS-CBN FILE

In a radio interview on Saturday, Trillanes said he still believed Baloloy was no longer in the country.

“Having salaries and benefits paid does not mean Baloloy is still here,” he said. “It only means someone is [collecting her] salary on her behalf.”

The Bureau of Immigration said last week that it had no records showing Baloloy and Limlingan had left the Philippines.

Citing information from a reliable source, Trillanes said Baloloy did not go through immigration, hence the absence of departure records.

It was not the first time that people trying to evade the law went around immigration in leaving the country, he said.

Trillanes said he was investigating to determine Baloloy’s whereabouts.

Gathering evidence

He also said he was securing documents from Makati City Hall now that Mayor Binay had left it after being suspended by the Ombudsman.

The senator said he had obtained documents from other sources about practices in the Makati city government that he planned to present in coming hearings by his subcommittee.–
With a report from Kristine Felisse Mangunay


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Junjun Binay belittles social media, says ‘paid hacks’ abound SHARES: 13.4K VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 09:32 AM July 2nd, 2015


A screengrab from Facebook shows one of the memes being spread on social media to criticize the family of Vice President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay.  FACEBOOK SCREENGRAB

The VP’s son, suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, belittled social media, which he said hosted many ‘paid hacks.’

Suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay belittled social media on Thursday for hosting many “paid hacks.”

Asked on ANC’s Headstart if the Binay family was “manhid” of all the criticisms its members get on social media, Binay expressed doubt whether opinions raised online reflected those of people in general. “Ilan ba yang nasa social media?”
(How many people are on social media?) the son of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay told show host Karen Davila.

Binay then questioned the credibility of criticisms and opinions expressed in social media. “Maraming bayaran diyan,” (There are many paid hacks there) the younger Binay said.

Social media, mostly on Facebook and Twitter, has recently seen the spread of memes and posts criticizing the Binays for controversies ranging from alleged corruption to maintaining a political dynasty.


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Glimpses of a Binay presidency  SHARES: 4 VIEW COMMENTS
By: Randy David @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:54 AM July 2nd, 2015


By: Randy David-- Randolf "Randy" S. David is a Filipino journalist, television host and a sociologist. He is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of the Philippines WIKIPEDIA

In many ways, the state of politics and governance in the city of Makati exemplifies everything that is dysfunctional in the nation’s political system.

Law is put in a position of having to constantly assert and defend its autonomy against political power. The official is so tightly folded into the personal that it becomes impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. Every attempt to audit official performance is regarded as a personal attack, or an assault on the whole family.

But our people appear to tolerate it, or even welcome it, unable perhaps to imagine any other way of governing a society. That is how entire clans are able to monopolize political power in many provinces of the country across generations.

These families manage to weave an elaborate tapestry of patronage that covers all the essential spheres of everyday existence. Access to this system is solely decided by one’s place in an intricate web of personal connections.

Here, public services become the privileges of the connected, not the entitlements of citizens.

The modern hope is that as a society becomes urbanized and relatively more prosperous, people are released from the diffused roles they play in traditional patronage systems. When this happens, the personal is demarcated from the institutional, and the various function systems of society become sharply differentiated from one another.

Instead of becoming a reality, this vision has remained a pie in the sky for most of our people. Instead of advancing to a higher level of institutional complexity, Philippine society appears to be drowning in a series of “de-differentiations.”

The majesty of the law is undermined when politicians insist on deciding what is lawful and what is not. The sanctity of public office itself is eroded when politicians stay too long in power, and pass on their offices to members of their families as though they were part of the heirloom.

But, there are two significant developments in the nation’s politics that are worth noting. The first is that, instead of withering away, the patronage system has flourished everywhere, recruiting new players into the game.

 A new political class that controls a lot of cash, rides on media popularity, and commands a direct line to major politicians at the center has replaced the land-based traditional ruling elite. But, there has hardly been any change in the patronage system itself.

The second is the simultaneous entry of members of the same family into the political system. Using the same patronage network and political machinery, the political family expands its clout by deploying its members to multiple elective positions, in much the same way a corporation uses a strong market presence to develop new businesses.

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This did not exist in the golden years of pre-martial-law politics, when a strong feeling of delicadeza (restraint arising from a deep sense of propriety) was enough to deter politicians, no matter how popular they were, from fielding their relatives to various positions at the same time.

What is remarkable is that this is happening not only in the countryside, but also in the most urbanized cities of the country.

The family of Vice President Jejomar Binay is perhaps the most glaring example of this phenomenon.


THE BINAY CLAN

Appointed mayor of Makati by President Cory Aquino in the period of transition that followed Edsa I, Binay went on to be elected and reelected to the same position until he hit the constitutional three-term limit in 1998.

Instead of giving others a chance to serve, he made his wife run for the same office, even as he groomed his only son to be mayor someday by getting him elected as city councilor.

Elenita Binay became mayor of Makati from 1998 to 2001, the same period Jejomar Binay served as chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

When his wife’s term was over, he promptly took over again as Makati mayor, was reelected twice, and stepped down only in 2010, when, once again, he ran into the mandatory three-term limit. But, rather than relinquish the position, he kept it within the family by fielding his son Junjun Binay, who is currently on his second term as mayor.

After being mayor of Makati for 21 years, Binay thought 2010 was the right time to enter national politics. He ran for vice president and got elected, even as his presidential candidate lost.

In the meantime, his daughter Abigail was elected district representative of Makati, in which position she is now on her third term. As if to test the extent of his growing national clout, in 2013 he fielded another daughter, Nancy, who had worked as his personal secretary, for a senatorial seat.

In a crowded field dominated by administration candidates and veteran politicians, Nancy won as part of the opposition slate, affirming the bankability of the Binay name at the national level.

Any politician who has garnered electoral successes of this magnitude, a record that indicates at the very least a tacit public approval of his dynastic ways, cannot be faulted for believing he will be the next president of the republic.

But, more than that, it should not come as a surprise to anyone if the Vice President, who has lorded over the city’s affairs for more than three decades, has begun to imagine himself as the lawgiver of Makati.

Watching the Binay patriarch and Senator Nancy rush to the side of Mayor Junjun, not just to lend moral support but also to assail the legitimacy of an order from an independent office of the judicial branch, gives us a glimpse of what things could be like under a Binay presidency.

The law would take a backseat to politics. The political would be reduced to the personal. public.lives@gmail.com


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