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OMBUDSMAN FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE; TO FILE CRIMINAL RAPS VS BINAY, JUNJUN


OCTOBER 14 -The Ombudsman has found probable cause to pursue the cases against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday said it has found probable cause to indict Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay and 22 others over anomalies linked to the overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building. In a statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales's office said criminal charges to be filed are for malversation and falsification of public documents in violation of Section 3 of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Morales said the existence of conspiracy among respondents is evident from the chain of events and as shown by the evidence. "The finding of probable cause comes after more than one year of investigation," the Ombudsman added. The Ombudsman's announcement came on the same day the elder Binay formalized his presidential bid before the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila. The probe, acting on complaints on bidding irregularities and violations on the Makati project, started in September 2014, while the preliminary investigation began in March this year. The elder Binay oversaw the P2.28-billion carpark building project as Makati mayor, while his son took over after his tenure. "Binay is being investigated for criminal acts committed while he was a city mayor and not as vice president," the Ombudsman added. Jejomar Binay and Junjun Binay are each facing four counts of graft, six counts of falsification of public documents and a malversation charge. The anti-graft body, however, noted that the elder Binay as vice president is an impeachable officer within the "investigatory power or jurisdiction of the Ombudsman." "However, as he is an impeachable officer, the information will be filed after the expiration of his tenure," it said. On Friday, the Ombudsman also ordered the dismissal of Junjun Binay as mayor of Makati City for his involvement in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School building. RELATED: Junjun Binay dismissed from service THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Don’t be too judgmental on Binay – Pacquiao's appeal to public
[He said he believes the accusations against the Vice President are false unless the courts rule otherwise. Pacquiao, who was being wooed by presidential candidates to join their senatorial ticket, said he decided to support UNA and Binay because of his humble origins.]


OCTOBER 18 -Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao
World boxing champion and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has appealed to the public not to be “too judgmental” on Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president in the 2016 elections amid various corruption charges filed against him. Pacquiao, who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator under Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Friday, told reporters that the Vice President as well as others facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a fair trial. “I hope we Filipinos will not be too judgmental. Our Constitution is explicit about this, Vice President Binay and even those already facing charges are innocent until proven guilty by a competent court,” Pacquiao said in Filipino. The lawmaker filed his COC a day after his arrival from New York where he was conferred the Asian Game Changer of the Year award for 2015. He said Binay, who is accused of receiving kickbacks from various projects when he was mayor of Makati City, should be accorded due process by the government and his right to defend himself must be respected. He said he believes the accusations against the Vice President are false unless the courts rule otherwise. Pacquiao, who was being wooed by presidential candidates to join their senatorial ticket, said he decided to support UNA and Binay because of his humble origins. “We both come from poor families. We both underwent hardships and hunger –but we also worked hard to get to where we are now. We both believe we can serve inspiration to the poor,” Pacquiao said. He said he turned to soul-searching, prayers and long consultations with his family as well as with his religious and political advisers before reaching his decision to run for senator. “I prayed for guidance from God, my family and close associates provided me good advice that would help me decide. We also contemplated on not running in any position but we thought of our country,” he said. He said he had also thought of running with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was being egged to run for president, as they both come from Mindanao. THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: To seek justice for SAF 44: Ex-SAF chief Napeñas joins Senate race under UNA


OCTOBER 17 -
Retired police Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas Photo by Kriz John Rosales  Retired police Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas has thrown his hat into the political ring, saying he wants to seek justice for the 44 SAF men killed in a raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25. He filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the party standard bearer.
Napeñas told reporters that he decided to run for senator to get justice for the slain police commandos also known as SAF 44. “I won’t deny that one of the reasons why I am running is because a long time had already passed but justice remains elusive for my men who died in the Mamasapano incident last Jan. 25,” he said. The 44 members of the SAF died in the Mamasapano encounter after the raiding team killed Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan. According to Napeñas, he opted to run under UNA because Binay was the first official to come forward and recognize the heroism of the SAF 44. Aside from Napeñas, other UNA senatorial aspirants, including world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, filed yesterday their COCs for the 2016 polls. Actress and Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno and Princess Jacel Kiram of the Sultanate of Sulu were the first senatorial candidates of UNA who filed their COCs last Wednesday. Early this week, sources from UNA said they were talking with other personalities, including actor Edu Manzano, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit and ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao who all filed their COCs for senator yesterday. Pagdilao is a former chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Sources said UNA also talked with television host Cory Quirino and Department of Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag. UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan earlier said the party would field a complete slate for the 2016 polls. READ MORE...

ALSO: Junjun Binay's camp cries 'harassment' when served dismissal doc by DILG, cops


OCTOBER 14 -Department of the Interior and Local Government officials and Makati Police serve a copy of the Ombudsman order on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay at the residence of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. (Courtesy: OVP Media Affairs Office) from sunstar.com The camp of dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay on Wednesday accused the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of harassment after agency officials accompanied by Makati City Police officers allegedly surrounded his house in Barangay San Antonio to personally serve the order of the Office of the Ombudsman on his dismissal from government service. Joey Salgado, spokesman for the dismissed mayor said the DILG officers and the police officers were out to intimidate Binay as the dismissal order was already received by his camp shortly after its issuance last week. Salgado said the DILG and police vehicles arrived at the dismissed mayor's house at about 8:30 a.m. "Kaninang umaga, mga bandang 8:30 a.m., dumating sa bahay ni Mayor Junjun Binay ang isang convoy ng mga sasakyan ng DILG at mga mobile cars ng Makati Police. Nabulabog ang komunidad. 'Yon pala, nandon sila para i-serve ang order ng Ombudsman na na-isyu last week pa at natanggap na ni Mayor Junjun," said Salgado in a statement. RELATED: Junjun Binay dismissed from service "Over-acting naman ang DILG. Malinaw na harassment ang ginawa nila. Mabuti na lang at pumasok na sa eskwela ang mga anak ni Mayor Junjun kung hindi ay baka natraumatize sila na makitang pinaikutan ng mga mobile cars ang bahay nila," Salgado added. Salgado said the DILG and the Makati Police have intended to intimidate both dismissed mayor Binay and his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, into not pursuing their political plans. "Halatang-halata na gusto nilang sindakin si Mayor Binay at iparating ang mensahe na ang administrasyon ang kalaban ng pamilya Binay. Nagkakamali sila kung akala nila ay mahahadlangan nila ang determinasyong maglingkod ni VP Binay at ng kanyang pamilya," said Salgado. The camp of dismissed Mayor Jejomar Binay earlier argued that the order by the Office of the Ombudsman to dismiss him from government service is not yet final. Binay, said his camp, would still be filing his certificate of candidacy to seek reelection as mayor of Makati City. If elected in next year's polls, Binay will be serving his last term as Makati City mayor. Should the Ombudsman's order be deemed final, however, Binay's sister, Makati 2nd District Rep. Mar-Len Abigail said she is willing to take her brother's place. "Ang sabi ni Cong (Congresswoman) Abby, if final ang decision to disqualify. Mayor Jun will definitely run for reelection," Salgado earlier said. After a seven-month investigation, the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday ordered the dismissal from government service of suspended Mayor Binay for his role in the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II. READ MORE...

ALSO DILG exec: Junjun Binay dismissal order served ‘silently, peacefully’


OCTOBER 14 -
Ma. Lourdes Agustin, regional director officer in charge of DILG-NCR, holds a copy of the Ombudsman’s dismissal order on suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay that she served with two DILG staff to his household on Wednesday. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net  The Department of Interior and Local Government on Wednesday served the dismissal order on suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay to his representative “silently and peacefully.” This was the response of DILG-National Capital Region director officer in charge Ma. Lourdes Agustin to the claims of the Binay camp that the DILG and Makati police “harassed” them when they served the order at Binay’s residence in San Antonio Village. “We went there silently to serve the order. Walang nabulabog,” Agustin said.
Joey Salgado, spokesperson of the Binays, said the DILG’s serving was “overacting” as the community in the village was disturbed by the convoy of DILG and patrol cars. Salgado said it would have been “traumatizing” for Binay’s children if they saw their house being surrounded by police cars. But Agustin, in an interview at Camp Crame, said there was no tension during the serving of the order as it was “very peaceful and conversational.” “They were courteous in responding to our queries,” she said. She said that of the 10 personnel from the DILG and Makati police who went to the area, only three female DILG staff members spoke with Francis Saguni, a “records and security officer” of the suspended mayor. “It was an SOP for the DILG to serve an Ombudsman order with the police. But primarily, we were assisted by them because we were all women,” Agustin said, adding that there were only four police cars in the convoy. She also clarified that they did not even reach the front of Binay’s house and were instead “advised to wait” near a guardhouse, where Saguni met them to receive the documents. Agustin said they appreciated that the Binay household accepted the documents in peace. “Salamat sa maayos na pagtanggap ng decision. Napakaganda ng pagbaba namin kanina. We were just there silently and for that kami ay nagpapasalamat,” she said. Julliane Love de Jesus/RC RELATED STORIES Ombudsman orders dismissal of Junjun Binay | What went before: Makati City Hall Building II probe THE FULL REPORT

ALSO The Binays: Junjun out, Abi in for Makati Mayor
[Junjun admitted that it was hard for him to accept that Abi is running in his place but that his replacement was the decision of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party.]


OCTOBER 15 -Rep. Abi Binay, Junjun Binay Rep. Mar-Len Abigail “Abi” Binay filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor of Makati City, replacing her brother, Mayor Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. who was dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman. Binay Jr. was banned from holding any public office over multiple graft charges filed against him in connection with the bidding and construction of the Makati City Hall 2 building which was allegedly overpriced. Abi Binay’s vice mayoral candidate is Makati First District Rep. Monique Lagdameo.
Abi’s husband, businessman Luis Campo, will run for congressman in her place, alongside Councilor Maria Concepcion Yabut for the first district. The lawmaker was accompanied by her parents Vice President Jejomar Binay and Elenita, and siblings Junjun, Anne, and Sen. Nancy when she filed her COC. Junjun admitted that it was hard for him to accept that Abi is running in his place but that his replacement was the decision of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party. He believed, though, that Abi is competent to run. “Siya ay may sapat na kaalaman, karanasan at kakayahan upang ipagpatuloy ang serbisyong Binay – serbisyong nakalaan sa paglilingkod sa mga mahihirap (She has the knowledge, experience and competence to continue the Binay service which is to serve the poor),” he said. Junjun also lambasted the administration for using the government institutions to suppress their political opponents. Abi will be pitted against the family’s political rival — Makati Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña, whose running mate is neophyte Karla Mercado, daughter of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, also a critic of the Binays.Also joining the mayoral race is art director-instructor Jimmy “Jimboy” Jumawan of the Partido Bagong Maharlika. UNA’s candidates for the city council are Mayeth Casal-Uy, Monsour Del Rosario, Ferdie Eusebio, Jhong Hilario, Jojo Javier, Romy Medina, Arlene Ortega, Rico Puno, Iony De Lara, Divine Jacome, Baby Olfato, Arleen Pangilinan, Doc Pasia, Mary Ruth Tolentino, Bing Villamor, and King Yabut.
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Ombudsman OKs criminal raps vs VP Binay, son


The Ombudsman has found probable cause to pursue the cases against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Camille Diola (philstar.com) - The Office of the Ombudsman on Monday said it has found probable cause to indict Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay and 22 others over anomalies linked to the overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building.

In a statement, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales's office said criminal charges to be filed are for malversation and falsification of public documents in violation of Section 3 of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Morales said the existence of conspiracy among respondents is evident from the chain of events and as shown by the evidence.

"The finding of probable cause comes after more than one year of investigation," the Ombudsman added.

The Ombudsman's announcement came on the same day the elder Binay formalized his presidential bid before the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros, Manila.

The probe, acting on complaints on bidding irregularities and violations on the Makati project, started in September 2014, while the preliminary investigation began in March this year. The elder Binay oversaw the P2.28-billion carpark building project as Makati mayor, while his son took over after his tenure.

"Binay is being investigated for criminal acts committed while he was a city mayor and not as vice president," the Ombudsman added.

Jejomar Binay and Junjun Binay are each facing four counts of graft, six counts of falsification of public documents and a malversation charge.

The anti-graft body, however, noted that the elder Binay as vice president is an impeachable officer within the "investigatory power or jurisdiction of the Ombudsman."

"However, as he is an impeachable officer, the information will be filed after the expiration of his tenure," it said.

On Friday, the Ombudsman also ordered the dismissal of Junjun Binay as mayor of Makati City for his involvement in the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Science High School building.

RELATED: Junjun Binay dismissed from service


PHILSTAR

Don’t be too judgmental on Binay – Pacquiao By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 18, 2015 - 12:00am 1 3 googleplus0 0


Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – World boxing champion and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has appealed to the public not to be “too judgmental” on Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president in the 2016 elections amid various corruption charges filed against him.

Pacquiao, who filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator under Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Friday, told reporters that the Vice President as well as others facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a fair trial.

“I hope we Filipinos will not be too judgmental. Our Constitution is explicit about this, Vice President Binay and even those already facing charges are innocent until proven guilty by a competent court,” Pacquiao said in Filipino.

The lawmaker filed his COC a day after his arrival from New York where he was conferred the Asian Game Changer of the Year award for 2015.

He said Binay, who is accused of receiving kickbacks from various projects when he was mayor of Makati City, should be accorded due process by the government and his right to defend himself must be respected.

He said he believes the accusations against the Vice President are false unless the courts rule otherwise.

Pacquiao, who was being wooed by presidential candidates to join their senatorial ticket, said he decided to support UNA and Binay because of his humble origins.

“We both come from poor families. We both underwent hardships and hunger –but we also worked hard to get to where we are now. We both believe we can serve inspiration to the poor,” Pacquiao said.

He said he turned to soul-searching, prayers and long consultations with his family as well as with his religious and political advisers before reaching his decision to run for senator.

“I prayed for guidance from God, my family and close associates provided me good advice that would help me decide. We also contemplated on not running in any position but we thought of our country,” he said.

He said he had also thought of running with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was being egged to run for president, as they both come from Mindanao.


PHILSTAR

Ex-SAF chief joins Senate race under UNO By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 17, 2015 - 12:00am 0 20 googleplus0 0


Retired police Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas Photo by Kriz John Rosales

MANILA, Philippines - Retired police Special Action Force chief Director Getulio Napeñas has thrown his hat into the political ring, saying he wants to seek justice for the 44 SAF men killed in a raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25.

He filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the party standard bearer.

Napeñas told reporters that he decided to run for senator to get justice for the slain police commandos also known as SAF 44.

“I won’t deny that one of the reasons why I am running is because a long time had already passed but justice remains elusive for my men who died in the Mamasapano incident last Jan. 25,” he said.

The 44 members of the SAF died in the Mamasapano encounter after the raiding team killed Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan.

According to Napeñas, he opted to run under UNA because Binay was the first official to come forward and recognize the heroism of the SAF 44.

Aside from Napeñas, other UNA senatorial aspirants, including world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, filed yesterday their COCs for the 2016 polls.

Actress and Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno and Princess Jacel Kiram of the Sultanate of Sulu were the first senatorial candidates of UNA who filed their COCs last Wednesday.

Early this week, sources from UNA said they were talking with other personalities, including actor Edu Manzano, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit and ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao who all filed their COCs for senator yesterday.

Pagdilao is a former chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Sources said UNA also talked with television host Cory Quirino and Department of Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.

UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan earlier said the party would field a complete slate for the 2016 polls.

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Ilagan said the opposition party’s Senate slate is composed of UNA members, guest candidates and representatives from different sectoral groups.

Former energy secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla also filed his COC yesterday morning.

Petilla, running under the Liberal Party ticket, said once elected, his focus would be on “education, health and energy sectors.”

Petilla was accompanied by his mother, Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, wife Frances Ann and their children, and his brother Leyte Gov. Dominic Petilla.

Levito Baligod, former lawyer of pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy, has cast his lot in the senatorial race as an independent to fight corruption.

Baligod said he has been in talks with former senator Panfilo Lacson and former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello and they would create a group of independents. - With Sheila Crisostomo, Iris Gonzales


PHILSTAR

Junjun Binay's camp cries 'harassment' by DILG, cops By Mike Frialde | Updated October 14, 2015 - 2:34pm - On Wedneday, Oct. 14, 2015, Binay's camp decried harrassment after officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government allegedly surrounded his home to serve the Ombudsman's dismissal order. AP/Bullit Marquez


Department of the Interior and Local Government officials and Makati Police serve a copy of the Ombudsman order on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay at the residence of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. (Courtesy: OVP Media Affairs Office) from sunstar.com
— The camp of dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay on Wednesday accused the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of harassment after agency officials accompanied by Makati City Police officers allegedly surrounded his house in Barangay San Antonio to personally serve the order of the Office of the Ombudsman on his dismissal from government service.

Joey Salgado, spokesman for the dismissed mayor said the DILG officers and the police officers were out to intimidate Binay as the dismissal order was already received by his camp shortly after its issuance last week.

Salgado said the DILG and police vehicles arrived at the dismissed mayor's house at about 8:30 a.m.

"Kaninang umaga, mga bandang 8:30 a.m., dumating sa bahay ni Mayor Junjun Binay ang isang convoy ng mga sasakyan ng DILG at mga mobile cars ng Makati Police. Nabulabog ang komunidad. 'Yon pala, nandon sila para i-serve ang order ng Ombudsman na na-isyu last week pa at natanggap na ni Mayor Junjun," said Salgado in a statement.

RELATED: Junjun Binay dismissed from service

"Over-acting naman ang DILG. Malinaw na harassment ang ginawa nila. Mabuti na lang at pumasok na sa eskwela ang mga anak ni Mayor Junjun kung hindi ay baka natraumatize sila na makitang pinaikutan ng mga mobile cars ang bahay nila," Salgado added.

Salgado said the DILG and the Makati Police have intended to intimidate both dismissed mayor Binay and his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, into not pursuing their political plans.

"Halatang-halata na gusto nilang sindakin si Mayor Binay at iparating ang mensahe na ang administrasyon ang kalaban ng pamilya Binay. Nagkakamali sila kung akala nila ay mahahadlangan nila ang determinasyong maglingkod ni VP Binay at ng kanyang pamilya," said Salgado.

The camp of dismissed Mayor Jejomar Binay earlier argued that the order by the Office of the Ombudsman to dismiss him from government service is not yet final. Binay, said his camp, would still be filing his certificate of candidacy to seek reelection as mayor of Makati City. If elected in next year's polls, Binay will be serving his last term as Makati City mayor.

Should the Ombudsman's order be deemed final, however, Binay's sister, Makati 2nd District Rep. Mar-Len Abigail said she is willing to take her brother's place.

"Ang sabi ni Cong (Congresswoman) Abby, if final ang decision to disqualify. Mayor Jun will definitely run for reelection," Salgado earlier said.

After a seven-month investigation, the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday ordered the dismissal from government service of suspended Mayor Binay for his role in the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

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

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also slapped Binay and his co-respondents with administrative charges, which bar them perpetually from holding public office.

The order of dismissal against Binay Jr. was prompted by findings of anomalies in the bidding, construction and funding for the Makati carpark building project worth P2.28 billion undertaken from 2007 to 2013.

Dismissed from the service aside from the younger Binay were Marjorie de Veyra, Pio Kenneth Dasal, Lorenza Amores, Virginia Hernandez, Line dela Peña, Mario Badillo, Leonila Querijero, Raydes Pestaño, Nelia Barlis, Cecilio Lim III, Arnel Cadangan, Emerito Magat, Connie Consulta, Ulysses Orienza, Giovanni Condes, Manolito Uyaco, Gerardo San Gabriel, Eleno Mendoza Jr. and Rodel Nayve.

Rep. Binay, daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, is on her third and last term as the representative of Makati's second district. 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.

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

ALSO READ: Ombudsman OKs criminal raps vs VP Binay, son

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

Salgado earlier also lashed at the Ombudsman for its apparent haste in resolving the case against Mayor Binay and ordering his dismissal from government service.


INQUIRER

DILG exec: Junjun Binay dismissal order served ‘silently, peacefully’ By: Julliane Love De Jesus @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 05:06 PM October 14th, 2015


Ma. Lourdes Agustin, regional director officer in charge of DILG-NCR, holds a copy of the Ombudsman’s dismissal order on suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay that she served with two DILG staff to his household on Wednesday. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net

The Department of Interior and Local Government on Wednesday served the dismissal order on suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay to his representative “silently and peacefully.”

This was the response of DILG-National Capital Region director officer in charge Ma. Lourdes Agustin to the claims of the Binay camp that the DILG and Makati police “harassed” them when they served the order at Binay’s residence in San Antonio Village.
“We went there silently to serve the order. Walang nabulabog,” Agustin said.

Joey Salgado, spokesperson of the Binays, said the DILG’s serving was “overacting” as the community in the village was disturbed by the convoy of DILG and patrol cars.


SALGADO, BINAYs' SPOKESMAN

Salgado said it would have been “traumatizing” for Binay’s children if they saw their house being surrounded by police cars.

But Agustin, in an interview at Camp Crame, said there was no tension during the serving of the order as it was “very peaceful and conversational.”

“They were courteous in responding to our queries,” she said.

She said that of the 10 personnel from the DILG and Makati police who went to the area, only three female DILG staff members spoke with Francis Saguni, a “records and security officer” of the suspended mayor.

“It was an SOP for the DILG to serve an Ombudsman order with the police. But primarily, we were assisted by them because we were all women,” Agustin said, adding that there were only four police cars in the convoy.

She also clarified that they did not even reach the front of Binay’s house and were instead “advised to wait” near a guardhouse, where Saguni met them to receive the documents.

Agustin said they appreciated that the Binay household accepted the documents in peace.

“Salamat sa maayos na pagtanggap ng decision. Napakaganda ng pagbaba namin kanina. We were just there silently and for that kami ay nagpapasalamat,” she said. Julliane Love de Jesus/RC

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Junjun out, Abi in October 15, 2015 4:04 pm


Rep. Abi Binay, Junjun Binay

Rep. Mar-Len Abigail “Abi” Binay filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor of Makati City, replacing her brother, Mayor Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. who was dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Binay Jr. was banned from holding any public office over multiple graft charges filed against him in connection with the bidding and construction of the Makati City Hall 2 building which was allegedly overpriced.

Abi Binay’s vice mayoral candidate is Makati First District Rep. Monique Lagdameo.

Abi’s husband, businessman Luis Campo, will run for congressman in her place, alongside Councilor Maria Concepcion Yabut for the first district.


Luis Campos. Luis Campos, the husband of third-term Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, is running for the seat of Makati City’s first district in the House of Representatives next year.Campos is a businessman and belongs to the prominent Nakpil family. He and Binay met at Ateneo Law School in 1998. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The lawmaker was accompanied by her parents Vice President Jejomar Binay and Elenita, and siblings Junjun, Anne, and Sen. Nancy when she filed her COC.

Junjun admitted that it was hard for him to accept that Abi is running in his place but that his replacement was the decision of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party.

He believed, though, that Abi is competent to run.

“Siya ay may sapat na kaalaman, karanasan at kakayahan upang ipagpatuloy ang serbisyong Binay – serbisyong nakalaan sa paglilingkod sa mga mahihirap (She has the knowledge, experience and competence to continue the Binay service which is to serve the poor),” he said.

Junjun also lambasted the administration for using the government institutions to suppress their political opponents.

Abi will be pitted against the family’s political rival — Makati Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña, whose running mate is neophyte Karla Mercado, daughter of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, also a critic of the Binays.

Also joining the mayoral race is art director-instructor Jimmy “Jimboy” Jumawan of the Partido Bagong Maharlika.

UNA’s candidates for the city council are Mayeth Casal-Uy, Monsour Del Rosario, Ferdie Eusebio, Jhong Hilario, Jojo Javier, Romy Medina, Arlene Ortega, Rico Puno, Iony De Lara, Divine Jacome, Baby Olfato, Arleen Pangilinan, Doc Pasia, Mary Ruth Tolentino, Bing Villamor, and King Yabut.
Michael Joe T. Delizo


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