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AS EXPECTED, HOUSE APPROVES P3-T nat'l budget for 2016
[Atienza said there was nothing in the proposed budget that would truly help the poor. Aquino on Wednesday certified the proposed outlay as urgent, which meant the chamber can skip the normal three-day buffer between the approval of a bill on second reading, and third and final reading.]


OCTOBER 10 -House expected to approve P3-T 2016 budget - Voting 230-20, the House of Representatives approved last night the proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016 after President Aquino certified it as urgent.
House Bill 6132 or the 2016 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) was approved at around 10 p.m. amid strong protests from lawmakers from independent and opposition blocs. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. described the GAB as “one of the most, if not the most important bill expected of this chamber this year.” “With our steadfast efforts and steely resolve, we’re step closer to the enactment of the GAB into law before the end of the year,” Belmonte said in his address to his colleagues shortly after the budget’s approval. He said with the timely approval of the budget, he hopes that the practice of “reenacting” the budget, or delaying the approval of the measure, will be now a thing of the past. Reps. Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list and Jonathan dela Cruz of the Abakada party-list, both from the independent bloc, slammed the leadership of the chamber for passing the GAB, which they said did not address the needs of the poor. Dela Cruz said the House lost the opportunity to hold corrupt and incompetent officials accountable during the budget deliberations because the chamber’s leadership rushed the debates that the bill was passed untouched. “We did not defend and protect our people. We’re very, very sad because we did not speak for the people yet we call ourselves representatives,” Dela Cruz shouted on the floor. “We wasted the opportunity to hold officials of these agencies, like the LTFRB (Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board), the DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communication), accountable,” he said. Atienza said there was nothing in the proposed budget that would truly help the poor. As of 7:30 p.m. last night, the plenary was scheduled to wrap up deliberations on the proposed budgets of the Departments of Health, National Defense, Justice, and Budget and Management, which were facing close scrutiny from opposition lawmakers. The lump sums in the proposed 2016 General Appropriations Act – which some lawmakers warned were sources of corruption in an election year – were also being questioned on the floor. Aquino on Wednesday certified the proposed outlay as urgent, which meant the chamber can skip the normal three-day buffer between the approval of a bill on second reading, and third and final reading. Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said nearly one-third of the budget or P758.398 billion were in the corruption-prone lump sums, or allocations without specific spending instructions. “The Aquino administration is just perpetuating the pork barrel in the national budget and this will also continue in the supposed daang matuwid (straight path),” Colmenares said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Junjun Binay dismissed as Makati mayor; perpetual disqualification from public office ordered by Ombudsman


OCTOBER 9 -The Office of the Ombudsman earlier issued a preventive suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. in relation to the alleged anomalous transactions for the construction of the Makati City Science High School. Philstar/Jonathan Asuncion
The Office of the Ombudsman on Friday dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. from service and ordered his perpetual disqualification from public office due to the administrative case filed against him. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the dismissal of Binay for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty. Meanwhile, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, sister of the Makati mayor, said in the same radio station that her brother has not yet received a copy of the Ombudsman's order. The Ombudsman also recommended to ban the Makati mayor from seeking public office. Abigail added that her brother will file an appeal before the Court of Appeals. Mayor Binay was suspended for his involvement in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School building. READ MORE..., RELATED
Junjun Binay dismissal ‘end of Binay dynasty,’ says Trillanes...

ALSO: VP fears son’s arrest next


OCTOBER 11 -Vice President Jejomar Binay. Photo by Mong Pintolo
After being ordered removed from his post by the Office of the Ombudsman, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay is likely to be arrested, possibly before he files his certificate of candidacy for reelection, his father Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.
“We are expecting continuation (of) demolition by perception,” the Vice President was quoted as saying in an ABS-CBN News report. “Second part of that, they will arrest Mayor Junjun,” he added in Filipino. With the mayor’s chances for a third and last term now in peril, his sister Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay is getting ready to take his place. The Vice President was in Cebu for the oath taking of new members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the Visayas when Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales released her decision to dismiss the Makati mayor. The dismissal was due to his supposed role in the anomalous construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Building II. Also ordered removed were 19 other former and current officials of the city, for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay camp accuses LP of controlling Ombudsman


OCTOBER 10 -Rico-Paolo-Quicho, spokesman for Vice President Binay. FILE PHOTO BY CATHY MIRANDA /INQUIRER.net
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Saturday slammed the administration and the ruling Liberal Party (LP) for supposedly controlling the Office of the Ombudsman following the latter’s order to dismiss suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay from office over the controversial parking building.
“Halatang de-remote control ang Ombudsman mula sa simula. At ang LP ang may hawak ng remote control,” Binay spokesperson Rico Quicho said in a statement. Comparing the case of the younger Binay with administration allies implicated in controversies, Quicho said LP allies like Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad “hardly got a slap on the wrist” for allegedly masterminding the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program. “The Palace once again misleads the public. The so-called allies that the Palace says were charged by the Ombudsman were mere sacrificial lambs. They are aware that selective justice will be an election issue so the so-called charges against these individuals are attempts to disguise its bias and partisanship,” Quicho said. “In stark contrast, the Ombudsman moved heaven and earth to hastily investigate and remove Mayor Junjun Binay without giving him the benefit of properly answering the charges against him and despite the dearth of evidence presented. Hindi pa nga nakakasagot sa COA (Commission on Audit) findings meron na agad pasya si Ombudsman [Conchita Carpio] Morales,” he added. READ: Junjun Binay’s camp questions ‘suspicious’ timing of dismissal order | Binay camp: Ombudsman rushed dismissal order, calls it ‘selective Quicho further said that the Ombudsman’s bias to the administration was evident when it first released its order to the media. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace to Binays: Don’t look at us, just face ombudsman  


OCTOBER 11 -Malacañang logo
Malacañang denied yesterday it was behind the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to dismiss Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. for his involvement in the overpriced Makati City Hall Building II project.
The mayor, who is seeking reelection, is the only son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance. The Binays and their supporters said the move by the ombudsman was politically motivated and meant to derail their candidacies. The ruling Liberal Party is fielding former interior and local government secretary Manuel Roxas II as its standard bearer for the 2016 elections. But deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over radio dzRB the mayor’s dismissal and his perpetual disqualification from public office were issues he should tackle with the ombudsman and the Commission on Elections. “First of all, we should not make a comment because the Office of the Ombudsman is separate and independent from the Office of the President, so only (the ombudsman) can answer (the Binays’ allegations). I think we can see the progress of the case...We do not have a hand in the processes of the ombudsman,” Valte said.

The Binays unfazed; Junjun will run for re-election


OCTOBER 10 -JUDGMENT DAY Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales appears determined and defiant, after ordering the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (right), shown into a huddle with his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, during the 341st anniversary of Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO
No way will Makati be without a Binay at the helm.
Makati Mayor Junjun Binay will not be deterred from running for reelection next year by the Ombudsman’s order permanently disqualifying him from public office, the Binay camp said on Friday. “Until there is a final judgment, Mayor Junjun Binay can still run … the order will not stop the mayor from running for reelection in 2016 for him to serve again the people of Makati,” said Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson for media affairs. And if her brother cannot run, Rep. Abigail Binay said she will “probably have to run for mayor” of Makati. “We have substitution until Dec. 10, so there’s time to decide. Who knows, we might succeed in overturning the Ombudsman’s decision,” she said. READ: Abi Binay may run in Junjun’s stead Afraid of Binays? “Why are they so afraid of the Binays?” an angry Sen. Nancy Binay said as she denounced the Ombudsman’s order. She said there were pending resolutions in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court regarding her brother’s case and that was why the family was wondering about the haste in the Ombudsman’s order. READ MORE...


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House expected to approve P3-T nat’l budget for 2016; voting 230-20


House expected to approve P3-T 2016 budget

MANILA, OCTOBER 12, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Paolo Romero - Voting 230-20, the House of Representatives approved last night the proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016 after President Aquino certified it as urgent.

House Bill 6132 or the 2016 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) was approved at around 10 p.m. amid strong protests from lawmakers from independent and opposition blocs.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. described the GAB as “one of the most, if not the most important bill expected of this chamber this year.”

“With our steadfast efforts and steely resolve, we’re step closer to the enactment of the GAB into law before the end of the year,” Belmonte said in his address to his colleagues shortly after the budget’s approval.

He said with the timely approval of the budget, he hopes that the practice of “reenacting” the budget, or delaying the approval of the measure, will be now a thing of the past.


TV5 screenshot of Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza and Abakada Party-List Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz. COURTESY OF INTERAKSYON

Reps. Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list and Jonathan dela Cruz of the Abakada party-list, both from the independent bloc, slammed the leadership of the chamber for passing the GAB, which they said did not address the needs of the poor.

Dela Cruz said the House lost the opportunity to hold corrupt and incompetent officials accountable during the budget deliberations because the chamber’s leadership rushed the debates that the bill was passed untouched.

“We did not defend and protect our people. We’re very, very sad because we did not speak for the people yet we call ourselves representatives,” Dela Cruz shouted on the floor.

“We wasted the opportunity to hold officials of these agencies, like the LTFRB (Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board), the DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communication), accountable,” he said.

Atienza said there was nothing in the proposed budget that would truly help the poor.

As of 7:30 p.m. last night, the plenary was scheduled to wrap up deliberations on the proposed budgets of the Departments of Health, National Defense, Justice, and Budget and Management, which were facing close scrutiny from opposition lawmakers.

The lump sums in the proposed 2016 General Appropriations Act – which some lawmakers warned were sources of corruption in an election year – were also being questioned on the floor.

Aquino on Wednesday certified the proposed outlay as urgent, which meant the chamber can skip the normal three-day buffer between the approval of a bill on second reading, and third and final reading.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said nearly one-third of the budget or P758.398 billion were in the corruption-prone lump sums, or allocations without specific spending instructions.

“The Aquino administration is just perpetuating the pork barrel in the national budget and this will also continue in the supposed daang matuwid (straight path),” Colmenares said.

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He said in this year’s budget, the lump sums totaled P424 billion and not do include other items in the unprogrammed fund and other special purpose funds.

“Malacanang is obviously skirting the Supreme Court ruling against the pork barrel. And their excuse that they will be used for calamities won’t be believed because they’re too big, and they have yet to help victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda,” he said.

Colmenares said there were many lump sums in the proposed budget that were not related to emergencies or calamities.

The proposed budget is double the budget of the past six years, from P1.541 trillion of the 2010 General Appropriations Act (GAA) to the P3.002 trillion planned for next year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.

It is also 15.2 percent higher than the 2015 GAA.

On the other hand, the gross domestic product (GDP) share of 19.5 percent in 2016 will take up a larger share of the economy compared to 18.7 percent of the GDP in 2015 and 16.4 percent of the GDP (actual obligations) in 2010, it said.

Social services will have the biggest budget allocation of P1.1059 trillion, which is 36.8 percent of the proposed budget.

Covering education, healthcare, housing, and social welfare and employment, this allocation received a 16.1 percent expansion from the 2015 allocation of P952.7 billion.

Economic services took the second largest share with P829.6 billion 27.64 percent of the proposed outlay, which had increased by 17.3 percent from its 2015 allocation of 27.13 percent.

Transport and communications infrastructure will get the bulk of the budget and bring expenditures to infrastructure to five percent of the GDP.

As such, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will receive P394.5 billion to enable the agency to complete the pavement of all national arterial and secondary roads.

The Department of Education was given the most allocation in terms of appropriation to agencies in the Executive branch at P435.9 billion, followed by the DPWH at P394.5 billion.

Other departments in the top 10 in terms of allocations are the Departments of National Defense, P172.7 billion; Interior and Local Government, P154.5 billion; Health, P128.4 billion; Social Welfare and Development, P104.2 billion; Agriculture, P93.4 billion; Finance, P55.3 billion; Transportation and Communications, P49.3 billion; Environment and Natural Resources, P25.8 billion; and Science and Technology, P18.6 billion.


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Junjun Binay dismissed from service By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 9, 2015 - 5:03pm 27 15.1K googleplus1 3


The Office of the Ombudsman earlier issued a preventive suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. in relation to the alleged anomalous transactions for the construction of the Makati City Science High School. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 3) - The Office of the Ombudsman on Friday dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. from service and ordered his perpetual disqualification from public office due to the administrative case filed against him.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the dismissal of Binay for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.

Meanwhile, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, sister of the Makati mayor, said in the same radio station that her brother has not yet received a copy of the Ombudsman's order.

The Ombudsman also recommended to ban the Makati mayor from seeking public office.

Abigail added that her brother will file an appeal before the Court of Appeals.

Mayor Binay was suspended for his involvement in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School building.

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The Ombudsman dismissed Junjun in connection to the anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall building II worth P2.28 billion.

Six docketed complaints and flagrant anomalies were found to have been committed by the Makati mayor, the Ombudsman said in Twitter account.

The 103-page decision also stated that procurement violations were committed due to the absence of publication of invitations to bid for the project.

Four payments with a total of P11.97 million were issued despite incomplete submission of required documents such as design plans and working drawings.

The Ombudsman cited that there was "undue haste" in the award as the city's bids and awards committee (BAC) only took 11 days to complete the procurement process for the said project.

"Even the COA's Fraud Audit Office's Initial Evaluation Report noted that the negotiated procurement adopted by the BAC was improper," the Ombudsman said.

Documents obtained by the Ombudsman showed that Binay Jr. approved the resolutions, notices of awards, contratcs and payments.

Morales stressed that Binay Jr. had the obligation to ensure that the contracts were fair, reasonable and advantageous to the government.

"By so acting, Binay Jr. intentionally closed his eyes to the irregularities by failing to observe utmost diligence," the Ombudsman said.

The Ombudsman also dismissed Masbate Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lañete from service in connection with the anomalous utilization of her priority development assistance fund worth P112.29 million from 2007 to 2009. She was also perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

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Junjun Binay dismissal ‘end of Binay dynasty,’ says Trillanes By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 07:48 PM October 9th, 2015


Antonio Trillanes (2) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The Office of the Ombudsman’s order to dismiss suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay for the alleged overpricing of Makati Parking Building signals the end of the “Binay dynasty,” Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Friday.

“The fight was long, difficult and bitter but, in the end, truth and justice prevailed,” Trillanes, who initiated the Senate probe on the parking controversy, said in a text message.

“The Ombudsman’s order signals the end of the Binay dynasty. I only hope it would lead to a new era of good governance in Makati,” he added.

The Makati government has long been run by the Binay family.

Both parents of the suspended mayor–Vice President Jejomar Binay and Dra. Elenita Binay–were former mayors of the city. KS


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VP fears son’s arrest next By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2015 - 12:00am 0 12 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay. Photo by Mong Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines - After being ordered removed from his post by the Office of the Ombudsman, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay is likely to be arrested, possibly before he files his certificate of candidacy for reelection, his father Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

“We are expecting continuation (of) demolition by perception,” the Vice President was quoted as saying in an ABS-CBN News report.

“Second part of that, they will arrest Mayor Junjun,” he added in Filipino.

With the mayor’s chances for a third and last term now in peril, his sister Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay is getting ready to take his place.

The Vice President was in Cebu for the oath taking of new members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the Visayas when Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales released her decision to dismiss the Makati mayor.

The dismissal was due to his supposed role in the anomalous construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Building II.

Also ordered removed were 19 other former and current officials of the city, for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty.

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Morales also slapped the mayor and his co-respondents with administrative charges, which bar them perpetually from holding public office.


OMBUDSMAN MORALES

The Vice President questioned the timing of the dismissal, noting that his son only received last week the order of the Commission on Audit to explain within 15 days the issues involving the construction of the building.

The elder Binay questioned why Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was not ordered suspended or dismissed despite a pending case against him before the Office of the Ombudsman.

He said the dismissal order was a clear attempt to stop the mayor from filing his certificate of candidacy next week. The mayor is still serving a six-month suspension order also from the ombudsman for alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati Science High School building,

On Friday, Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the mayor would still file his COC as the dismissal order was not yet final.

“They want to prevent Mayor Junjun from running. But they are wrong because there’s no final judgment yet, so Mayor Binay can still run,” Salgado said.

But if the ombudsman’s order is enforced with finality, Junjun’s sister Abigail – who is on her last term as congresswoman – will run instead for Makati mayor, Salgado confirmed.

“If my brother cannot run, I would most probably have to run for mayor,” Rep. Binay earlier said.

She said she would let her husband Luis Campos replace her as congressional candidate in 2016. Campos is seeking public office for the first time.

She said her brother would exhaust all legal measures so he could run for reelection in Makati City.

Lawyers from the Binay camp said they would either file with the Office of the Ombudsman a motion for reconsideration or elevate the case before the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.


CERTEZA

Junjun’s lawyer Claro Certeza said they would consult election lawyers on the mayor’s plan to still file his COC despite his dismissal and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

LP hand seen Rico Quicho, the Vice President’s spokesman for political affairs, accused the ruling Liberal Party (LP) of using “remote control” to compel Morales to focus only on opposition personalities in its investigations.

“The Palace once again misleads the public,” Quicho said in response to Malacañang’s statement that some of its allies were also facing charges before the ombudsman.

“The so-called allies that the Palace says were charged by the ombudsman were mere sacrificial lambs. They are aware that selective justice will be an election issue so the so-called charges against these individuals are attempts to disguise its bias and partisanship,” Quicho said.

Among the administration allies who have been charged in connection with the pork barrel scam were former customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon and resigned Technical Education and Skills Authority director and potential LP senatorial candidate Joel Villanueva.

According to Quicho, hardcore administration allies like Abad hardly got a slap on the wrist over the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program.

“In stark contrast, the ombudsman moved heaven and earth to hastily investigate and remove Mayor Junjun Binay without giving him the benefit of properly answering the charges against him and despite the dearth of evidence presented,” he said.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, for his part, said he expects the filing of criminal charges – possibly plunder – to follow the mayor’s dismissal.

Pimentel said the ombudsman’s dismissal order was based only on the administrative aspect of the complaint against the city chief executive. He said the criminal aspect would have to be tackled more carefully because the “degree of proof of evidence” required for it is greater.

Pimentel chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee that investigated the alleged anomalies in Makati City involving the Vice President and his family.

Not surprising

He said the findings of the ombudsman did not come as a surprise to him because his committee had issued the same position during its investigation into the matter.

“That was the same recommendation of the subcommittee in the first partial committee report. The committee found that there was wrongdoing in the construction of the Makati parking building 2 and with the large amount involved, we found that there was plunder,” Pimentel said in an interview over dwIZ radio.

He said the sub-committee found the parking building project overpriced by more than P1 billion or way above the P50-million threshold.

Plunder is non-bailable and is punishable with life imprisonment.

The partial committee report covered only the allegations of overpricing in the parking building project.

He said the sub-committee is also investigating several other infrastructure projects – Makati Science High School Building, University of Makati College of Nursing and Friendship Suites.

Pimentel said they hope to release a second partial report or the complete report soon. He added the reports are unlikely to carry the Vice President’s direct testimonies since he refused to testify during the hearings.

“We invited him three times and he refused to attend so that is no longer our problem. Serious allegations were made against them and they refused to appear,” Pimentel said.

“I am also surprised why it is like that because normally if a person is accused of something this serious, he would want to give his side to these. That’s what a normal person would do,” he said.

On the plan of the younger Binay to push through with the filing of his certificate of candidacy in spite of dismissal order of the ombudsman, Pimentel said it’s just part of the legal process in the country.

Pimentel explained that even if the dismissal order is final and executory, Binay can always make an appeal before the Court of Appeals.

“However, the burden on the petitioner is heavy to secure a review because he has to prove to the reviewing authority, in this case the Court of Appeals, that there was no basis in the action of the ombudsman,” Pimentel said.

Meanwhile, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista said that while they have yet to receive a copy of the dismissal order against Junjun Binay, the poll body is inclined to accept his COC if he files one.

“As I have been saying, it is a ministerial responsibility on the part of the Comelec to receive COC. But if we accept COC, it does not mean that you are qualified or you have the vested rights to run in an election,” he explained.

Bautista said he is deferring to whatever would be decided by the election officer in Makati City if Binay shows up to file his COC for his reelection bid.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said Binay can in fact file a COC and run “because the decision (of the ombudsman) is not yet final.”

“He could file a motion for reconsideration and appeal to Court of Appeals if the MR is denied,” he added.

Macalintal said the ombudsman’s decision is “merely ‘immediately executory” to prevent the respondent from using his position or prevent tampering of records and similar acts which might prejudice the case.”

“We have a lot of cases where a candidate under custody of law or in jail were allowed to file COC and won the elections,” he added. Marvin Sy, Mike Frialde, Sheila Crisostomo


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Binay camp accuses LP of controlling Ombudsman By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 08:57 PM October 10th, 2015


Rico-Paolo-Quicho, spokesman for Vice President Binay. FILE PHOTO BY CATHY MIRANDA/INQUIRER.net

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Saturday slammed the administration and the ruling Liberal Party (LP) for supposedly controlling the Office of the Ombudsman following the latter’s order to dismiss suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay from office over the controversial parking building.

“Halatang de-remote control ang Ombudsman mula sa simula. At ang LP ang may hawak ng remote control,” Binay spokesperson Rico Quicho said in a statement.

Comparing the case of the younger Binay with administration allies implicated in controversies, Quicho said LP allies like Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad “hardly got a slap on the wrist” for allegedly masterminding the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program.

“The Palace once again misleads the public. The so-called allies that the Palace says were charged by the Ombudsman were mere sacrificial lambs. They are aware that selective justice will be an election issue so the so-called charges against these individuals are attempts to disguise its bias and partisanship,” Quicho said.

“In stark contrast, the Ombudsman moved heaven and earth to hastily investigate and remove Mayor Junjun Binay without giving him the benefit of properly answering the charges against him and despite the dearth of evidence presented. Hindi pa nga nakakasagot sa COA (Commission on Audit) findings meron na agad pasya si Ombudsman [Conchita Carpio] Morales,” he added.

READ: Junjun Binay’s camp questions ‘suspicious’ timing of dismissal order

READ: Binay camp: Ombudsman rushed dismissal order, calls it ‘selective

Quicho further said that the Ombudsman’s bias to the administration was evident when it first released its order to the media.

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“Malacañang officials must understand that Mayor Binay has just received the COA findings. He has yet to reply when Ombudsman Morales issued the resolution through a press conference, which is definitely not a valid mode of service for orders and decisions of her office. Halatang-halata na may kinikilingan at pinoprotektahan,” Quicho said.

Citing grave misconduct and dishonesty, Ombudsman Morales on Friday ordered Binay’s dismissal from service and perpetual disqualification from office over irregularities in the Makati City Hall Building II.

Saying the order’s timing was “suspicious” as it came days before the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections, the Binays’ camp said the order was meant to sabotage the presidential bid of the Vice President and the reelection bid of his son.

Malacañang denied it had a hand on the order, saying that the younger Binay should abide by the decision. Yuji Vincent Gonzales/RC

READ: Palace denies it had a hand in Junjun Binay dismissal | Palace says Junjun Binay should abide by Ombudsman’s order


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Palace to Binays: Don’t look at us, just face ombudsman By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2015 - 12:00am 1 67 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang denied yesterday it was behind the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to dismiss Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. for his involvement in the overpriced Makati City Hall Building II project.

The mayor, who is seeking reelection, is the only son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

The Binays and their supporters said the move by the ombudsman was politically motivated and meant to derail their candidacies.

The ruling Liberal Party is fielding former interior and local government secretary Manuel Roxas II as its standard bearer for the 2016 elections.

But deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over radio dzRB the mayor’s dismissal and his perpetual disqualification from public office were issues he should tackle with the ombudsman and the Commission on Elections.

“First of all, we should not make a comment because the Office of the Ombudsman is separate and independent from the Office of the President, so only (the ombudsman) can answer (the Binays’ allegations). I think we can see the progress of the case...We do not have a hand in the processes of the ombudsman,” Valte said.

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On the dismissed mayor’s plan to still file his certificate of candidacy with the Comelec next week, Valte said it would be up to the poll body as to how they would deal with it.

“It’s a ministerial duty on the part of the Comelec to receive certificates of candidacy, so let’s just see what the effect of the decision handed down by the Office of the Ombudsman will be, because what is important here is the perpetual disqualification from public office, so that will be a hindrance,” she said. “But, in any case, we will just let it be because the Office of the President has no involvement there,” Valte added.

She also denied allegations that the administration was selective in administering justice, saying the ombudsman was not siding with anyone.


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The Binays unfazed; Junjun will run for re-election By: Christine O. Avendaño, Kristine Felisse Mangunay and DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:46 AM October 10th, 2015


JUDGMENT DAY Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales appears determined and defiant, after ordering the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (right), shown into a huddle with his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, during the 341st anniversary of Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO

No way will Makati be without a Binay at the helm.

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay will not be deterred from running for reelection next year by the Ombudsman’s order permanently disqualifying him from public office, the Binay camp said on Friday.

“Until there is a final judgment, Mayor Junjun Binay can still run … the order will not stop the mayor from running for reelection in 2016 for him to serve again the people of Makati,” said Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson for media affairs.

And if her brother cannot run, Rep. Abigail Binay said she will “probably have to run for mayor” of Makati.

“We have substitution until Dec. 10, so there’s time to decide. Who knows, we might succeed in overturning the Ombudsman’s decision,” she said.

READ: Abi Binay may run in Junjun’s stead

Afraid of Binays?

“Why are they so afraid of the Binays?” an angry Sen. Nancy Binay said as she denounced the Ombudsman’s order.

She said there were pending resolutions in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court regarding her brother’s case and that was why the family was wondering about the haste in the Ombudsman’s order.

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“My brother will file his candidacy next week and our lawyers will file the appropriate motions to fight the harassment of our family,” the senator told reporters after attending Mass at the Basilica Menore de Sto Niño in Cebu City with her parents.

She said the family believes that the order was issued so they could force a “technical knockout” of her brother who is up against Acting Makati Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña of the ruling Liberal Party.

‘Demolition of perception’

In Cebu City, Vice President Jejomar Binay said they are expecting the “continuation of the demolition of perception” against him and his family.

Aside from his son’s dismissal as mayor, he said he expects that he himself would be arrested in connection with the plunder complaint filed against him in the Office of the Ombudsman.

He said his son will be able to answer the Ombudsman’s order.

“This is both funny and sad,” he said.

Options available

Salgado said the dismissed Makati mayor will definitely go to court to contest and question the order of the Ombudsman, whom the Binay camp denounced for resorting to “dismissal by press release” and “harassment.”

Claro Certeza, Binay’s lawyer, said that as soon as they receive a copy of the Ombudsman resolution, they would study it and “question it.”

He said there were options available to them, such as the filing of a motion for reconsideration, or the elevation of the issue to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

He said they would also consult their election lawyer.

Salgado accused Morales of rushing the disqualification order as the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) by those running in 2016 starts on Monday, apparently in a bid to stop the mayor from seeking reelection.

“The mayor has not even received a copy of the order. The Ombudsman resorted to dismissal by press release,” he said.

According to Salgado, what was clear was that the Binay family was being harassed by the Ombudsman’s bias and selective justice.

He accused the Ombudsman of conspiring with other government agencies in vilifying and harassing the younger Binay “because of his wish to serve the poor.”

Salgado said Binay was “immediately suspended” and was now “even” being dismissed from government service “even if he was only being asked the other week by the Commission on Audit to answer initial findings into their special audit into the Makati City Hall Building II.”

“The Court of Appeals had issued an injunction stopping Binay’s suspension and the Supreme Court is still hearing the issue,” he said.

He compared the treatment of Binay with that of Budget Secretary Butch Abad who is being investigated by the Ombudsman for his part in the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that was outlawed by the Supreme Court.

“More than P72 billion was the amount involved in the (DAP) but Abad who is from the ruling Liberal Party was not even suspended while there was a preliminary investigation,” Salgado said.

Another trial for VP

Certeza said it was not just the mayor who is being harassed but also his father, the Vice President, who has declared his intention of running for president in 2016.

“Because they know the COCs will be filed already, they know his (the Vice President’s) survey ratings did not go down as much. So now we are here again, at a time when our Vice President is filing the COC. They give him another trial. That’s like the hearings in the Senate, right?” Certeza said, referring to the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearings into the allegedly corrupt practices in Makati allegedly involving both Binay father and son.

Certeza said he did not know of anyone who was going through the same situation as the Binays.

Not the real target

In Cebu City, Elenita, the mayor’s mother, said she was saddened by the Ombudsman’s action.

She said the Binays had been expecting that this would happen.

“We are ready for whatever will happen to my family,” she told reporters.

Abigail Binay, who is serving her third and last term in Congress, said she actually had no plans of running for office again in 2016.

“It’s my last term. I had no plans of running, even for the Senate, or for Vice President. But if needed, I will run for Makati mayor,” she said.


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The Binays are fielding Abigail’s husband, Luis Campos, to run as representative of Makati’s second district to replace her.

Abigail said it was always clear to the family that Junjun was not the real target.

“We know who’s the real target, and the target is my father, Vice President Jejomar Binay. I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out with an order against the Vice President,” Abigail said.

“Unfortunately, that’s how politics works … If we weren’t Binays, we would not be targeted,” she said.

Binay said she considered the Ombudsman’s decision as one way of discouraging prospective recruits from signing up with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), her father’s party.

“Many want to join us but they are being threatened. They would say: ‘I can’t join UNA because I have cases in the Ombudsman,’” she said.

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Palace denies it had a hand in Junjun Binay dismissal By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 12:34 PM October 10th, 2015


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Malacanang on Saturday disputed claims that it had a hand in the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay over the controversial Makati parking building.

“We do not have a hand in the processes of the Ombudsman,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte over state-run dzRB radio.

Valte said that the camp of Binay should answer the allegations instead of blaming the Aquino administration.

“Tingin ko ho mas mabuting sagutin na lang nila, harapin na lang po nila, kaysa kami pa ho ‘yung pinatutungkulan nila,” she said, adding that the Ombudsman is an independent body.

(I think it would better for them to just respond [to the allegations], face [them], instead of implicating us.)

The camp of mayor Binay has accused the Ombudsman ‘s order as “biased and selective.”

“Makikita naman po natin na ang Ombudsman malinaw hong walang kinikilingan. Mayroon ho ‘yang mga kinakasuhang taga-administrasyon, mayroon hong kinakasuhang oposisyon,” she said.

(We can see that the Ombudsman has no bias. It has charged members of the administration, as well as members of the opposition.)

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On Friday, the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of Binay over the irregularities on the alleged overpriced Makati parking building.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said that Binay would be dismissed for grave misconduct and dishonesty, as there were “irregularities in the services and contract for the construction in several phases of the parking building.”

The Ombudsman recommended that Binay be prohibited from serving in any government position. His benefits will also be forfeited.

READ: Junjun Binay dismissal ‘end of Binay dynasty,’ says Trillanes | Abi Binay may run in Junjun’s stead | What went before: Makati City Hall Building II probe

“We have promulgated our resolution. I ordered the dismissal of Mayor Binay for grave misconduct and dishonesty. What goes with it is perpetual disqualification from holding public office, forfeiture of retirement benefits,” Morales told reporters on Friday. CDG


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