10 senators sign Binay report, goes to plenary

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A sub-committee report that recommended filing of plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay was officially adopted on Monday as a full report of the Senate blue ribbon committee after at least 10 senators affixed their signatures to the document.

The 46-page report on Senate Resolution 826, which called for an investigation of alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall Building 2, needed only nine signatures for it to be adopted by the 17-member Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, popularly known as the blue ribbon committee.

The report was prepared by sub-committee chairman Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd.

Aside from the Vice President, the sub-committee report also recommended filing of charges against his son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr, incumbent and former City Hall officials as well as the Vice President’s alleged associates who were being accused of conspiring to overprice construction of the building.


The Vice President and his camp have repeatedly denied the allegations.

The sub-committee report said the Building 2 project was overpriced by P1.1 billion to P1.3 billion based on its computation using industry standards and other inputs from experts who testified during Senate hearings.

From the P2.7 billion allocated by the Makati city government for the project, Hillmarcs Construction Corp., the contractor, was paid a total of P2.2 billion.

But according to construction industry experts, the project should have cost only around P890,000 or about P35,000 per square meter.

According to the committee secretariat, Senators Teofisto Guingona 3rd (blue ribbon chairman), Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Sergio Osmena 3rd, Pilar Juliana Cayetano, Francis Escudero and Miriam Defensor-Santiago signed the report,

Signing it earlier were Senators Pimentel, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Grace Poe.

Escudero, a former ally of the Vice President, was among those who reportedly pushed for the Aquino-Binay tandem in the 2010 elections. They had a falling out after Escudero decided to stay with the administration party’s senatorial slate.

“Based on what was presented at the Senate and, once cases are filed, he will finally have the chance to answer ‘at the proper forum,’ which is what he has been claiming and saying,” he told reporters.

Guingona said it would now be up to the plenary to adopt or not the blue ribbon findings.
A majority vote is needed to approve the report.

Acting Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd noted that unless the report is adopted by the majority, the report will remain as a report of the blue ribbon, not of the Senate itself.

After it is presented to the plenary, the report will be debated on the floor where a motion to approve the report will have to be made.

The only the time that the report can be considered official and be transmitted to other agencies based on recommendations stated in it is when the report is adopted by the Senate.

The Binay camp brushed aside the signing of the report.

“The signing by the senators of the committee report does not necessarily equate to the culpability of the Vice President,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s political spokesman, said in a statement also on Monday.

Quicho added that the supposed findings and recommendations of the “hostile and highly partisan investigation” conducted by the sub-committee were conveniently based on “hasty conclusions, inadmissible evidence and malicious narrative of defeated local politicians.”

“These would certainly not be given credence and in fact would be dismissed by a competent, impartial and fair tribunal,” he said.

“The Vice President understands that the political lines have been drawn in the Senate, considering the dismal and lethargic performance of some politicians with ambitions to higher office. It is no longer surprising that issues hurled against the Vice President have been used and abused for personal agenda,” Quicho added.

He reiterated that Binay remains steadfast that in the end the truth would prevail and he would be able to bring to the entire country the pro-poor programs he implemented in Makati City–where the Vice President was once mayor–that have benefited those in need.

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  1. Together with all the 100 million plus Filipinos (newborn included) I agree with all
    your comments against the Binays!!

  2. all you said are aginst binay why how much pays each of you dont make judgement baka bumalik sa inyo yan. para kaung mga linta at bywa walang kabusugan watch mad and 3 itlog ayun sumaswsaw pa and 7 senatong ay wala ng puntahn gid ang ph ayun ipinagbibil pabbl pa eh mapasa lang eh kinurakutan pa iyong instik ng milyon milyon pera para gid pambayd sa mga tongressman ay sigurado ko gid mas malaki sa senatong lalo na dto sa 10 pumirma kay binoy kaya wala ng pagasa ang pilipinas kong mahal.

    • jessie labella on

      read and know the evidence and judge it for yourself if you really love your country.

  3. Open letter sa Pamilya Mabantot:

    Ang mga requirements upang makatanggap ng kapatawaran ay dalawa:

    1. Repentance o pagsisisi – magbabago na kayo, titigil na kayo sa pagnanakaw,
    pandarambong at sa kasakiman ninyo.

    2. Restitution – ISASAULI ninyo ng buo ang mga ninakaw ninyo sa mga pinagnakawan ninyo.

    Repeat: ISASAULI ninyo ng buo ang mga ninakaw ninyo!

    Kapag nagawa ninyo yan, ay maaari na kayong humingi ng tawad, habag at awa.

    Hanggat hindi ninyo naisasagawa ang dalawang requirements na mga iyan, mananatili kayong ‘guilty’ o dapat mabulok sa piitan sa matagal na panahon,
    katumbas ng halaga ng ninakaw ninyo.

    Huwag kayong hihingi ng tawad at awa kung nakaimbak pa rin ang mga ninakaw ninyo sa mga lihim ninyong bank accounts, magagarang bahay, kotse at mga gamit, mga negosyo, o sa hacienda Binay, at iba pang imbakan ninyo.

    Nanloloko na naman kayo pagka ganyan. Ginagawa na naman ninyong mga TANGA ang taong bayan. Bobo na nga yung mga bumoto sa inyo dati tas ginagawa nyo pang mga tanga. Wala kayong awa. Hindi rin kayo dapat
    kahabagan dahil wala kayong awa sa mga ninanakawan ninyo!

    Milyon-milyon ang nagugutom, namamatay dahil sa sakit, naghihirap araw-araw dahil sa pagnanakaw ninyo!

    Maiitim talaga ang budhi ninyo.

    Pamilya MABANTOT na kayo sa buong Pinas!

    Crime does not pay.

    Walang pakinabang ang maging bulok o corrupt.

  4. Will they survey the remaining Senators to find out where they stand? I think they should be required to express their opinion on this issue.

    • Kundi nag -ambition si Binay Sr. na maging presidente ng Pilipinas ay sana di na siya nabisto Myaman na sana siya at silent night ang labas.
      Kasi sakim ang mga Binay. Ay ang babait ng mga Binay binigyan ako ng Piso sabi ng mga eskwater at ang di nila alam milmilyon ang binulsa ng mga Binay.

  5. Diversion machination tactics of Binay and his rah, rah boys – NO LONGER WORKING !

    With the damning evidence – It will be good for Binay to preparing his defense.

    Let go of Mr. Limlingan and Ms. Baloloy – A L I V E !

  6. Diversion machination of tactics of Binay’s and his rah, rah boys – NO LONGER WORKING !

    With the damning evidence – It will be match better for Binay’s to prepare his defense as soon as possible.

    Let go of Mr. Limlingan and Ms Baloloy – A L I V E !

  7. apolonio reyes on

    MERON CLERK SA POST OFFICE NA KUMUPIT NG P20 AY NAKULONG NG TWENTY YEARS BASE SA 1937 CONSTITUTION. SINABI NUON NG KORTE SUPREMA NA ANG NAKAW MALIIT MAN O MALAKI AY NAKAW PA DIN.
    BAKIT ITONG MGA POLITIKO AY EXEMPTED ” MAMALS ” NA KUNG NA NANALO NG RE-ELECTION AY NA ” CONDON ” ANG KASALANAN. HINDI BA ITO AY KITANG-KITA NA ” DISCRIMINATION ” NG MAYAMAN NA KAYANG GUMASTOS BILHIN ANG BUTANTE PARA MA CONDON ANG KASALANAN AT SA MAHIRAP NA KUMUPIT NA PARA MAY MAKAIN ANG PAMILYA AY NAG KUPIT NG P20 AT KULONG NG 20 YEARS?
    KELAN KAYA MAG DECIDE ANG KORTE SUPREMA SA MAYOR BINAY VS OMBUDSMAN CARPIO MORALES? SANA NAMAN AY HUWAG NG MGA JUSTICES MAG HINTAY ANG DECISION MATAPOS ANG 2016 ELECTION. HOY MAGSIGISING KAYO !

  8. Nancy let me first tell you praying does absolutely nothing. Its action what is needed. It needs people to stand up & be counted. Years ago that was so scary to do because it was like signing your own death warrant as the money involved means these thieves ( who also say they pray & believe in god & god is on their side ) want it that bad & are so determined to get it that they have no problem at all with killing all those standing in their way. Wow yes give me some of that religion ( only joking ).
    Binay & his cohorts just like cj corona speak a lot but say nothing. Hot air, smoke & mirrors are not evidence. papers & legal documents showing where all the money in these bank accounts & all money moved from the involved bank accounts are what is needed. Now if all this money is clearly seen when these accounts are opened & their histories looked into then we know its there or been there & once that is established we need to know if its clean money or dirty money. The paper trail will prove which it is. If they have destroyed the paper tril or hidden the paper trail it is dirty money & they are thieves & that is the evidence.
    So binay & team binay stop breathing so much hot air as we already have enough problems with global warming, just produce your evidence. Then all will clearly see…… guilty or innocent.

  9. Ronto Caniada on

    put them all in jail. they are all bunch of crooks. How about the Senator (Nancy) she is also a liar.

  10. Prosecute those people who took advantage of their position to amass wealth during the tenure of their office. They still try to wash their hands inspite of their obvious status in life. How egregious, their family still has the nerve to play it clean when what they did are outstandingly very bad.

    • You are right to demand prosecution of those who took advantage of their position. But the problem lies in this. Those who are with the administration and are also involved with corruption are being deodorized and either cleansed or arent being even prosecuted . What I just see being charged are opposition members only. Angel ba ang mga taga administrasiyon? Maniniwala kayo diyan o kita kitang ebidensiya eh pakpak Nila bakit itim at hindi puti.

  11. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    Ten educated/learned senators (hindi kasama si Lapid at Sotto) already signed the report and up to what time will the supporters of he Binay family stop defending this family of thieves that the Binays believe they have the right to do whatever they want to do without respecting the laws of God and man even if the whole Philippines sees that they stole billions of pesos from the government. Filipinos abroad watching Philippine news often said “kumukulo ang dugo ko tuwing maririnig ko ang katwiran ni Binay at ang kanyang mga abogago sa mga kasinungalingan, kayabangan, lalong lalo na sa pagnanakaw nila ng 16 billion pesos”. And when will the Quicho and some lawyers stop lawyering and justifying Binay’s thievery. These lawyers and followers just keep on justifying that stealing money from the people’s money is legit. I hope that the evil deeds of the Binay family and group of lawyers (defending Binay) will soon feel the wrath of God. Let us all Filipinos not stop praying to save the Philippines from the Binay family and his lawyers/supporters. Let the family of Binay and his lawyers/supporters go to HELL and suffer unexplained disease that has no cure.