Police, DILG serving Ombudsman’s order ‘swarm’ sacked mayor’s house
The camp of dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. accused the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of harassment after officials from the agency served an order of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing him from his post.
Vice President Jejomar Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said DILG officials escorted by policemen went to the Binay residence in Barangay San Antonio in Makati City to serve
the order. He added that Binay earlier received a copy of the order.
Salgado said police cars and DILG vehicles surrounded the house on Wednesday morning, disturbing the neighborhood.
“The DILG was overacting. What they did was clearly harassment. Thankfully, Mayor Junjun’s children were already in school, otherwise, they would have been traumatized by the sight of their home surrounded by police cars,” he added in a statement in Filipino.
Salgado surmised that the action was an apparent move of the administration to intimidate the Binay family.
He, nevertheless, said the Binays will remain unfazed and will not back off from their plans to serve the country.
Vice President Jejomar Binay is running for President in next year’s elections while his son is reportedly contemplating on defying the Ombudsman’s order–which perpetually barred him from seeking public office–by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) for reelection.
Makati City Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay earlier said she might run for mayor if his brother would not be allowed to file his COC.
It was apparent that the authorities wanted to intimidate the Binays and make sure that they know who they are up against in the Aquino administration.
“They’re wrong if they thought these would stop the resolve of Vice President Binay and his family to serve the country,” Salgado said.
Rico Quicho, the Vice President’s political affairs spokesman, said the Aquino administration is intimidating the opposition through an “undeclared martial law.”
“It seems that martial law is now in place even without any declaration. They’re no longer respecting the law. This administration has its own law. They’re tying the hands of the opposition with a yellow ribbon,” he added in Filipino.
Quicho alleged that the younger Binay is not the “target,” rather it is his father, the Vice President, because of his decision to run as President in 2016.
Officials of the Makati Police Station denied the allegations they tried to intimidate the Binay family, saying only eight policemen on two patrol cars were allowed entry into the subdivision where the dismissed mayor’s house is located.
They also denied claims that they created a ruckus as the servicing of the order was done in a courteous manner.
The order was received by a member of the household staff.
Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said they were only following the order from the Office of the Ombudsman.
“We, in the DILG, are only following the order of the court or of the Ombudsman. The DILG was only ordered to serve the decision,” he explained.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales last October 9 ordered to dismiss Mayor Binay in connection with a complaint over alleged anomalies in the bidding, construction and funding for the Makati car park building project worth P2.28 billion undertaken from 2007 to 2013.