Binay downplays Senate report

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Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday downplayed the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee report recommending the filing of plunder complaint against him, saying his role in the construction of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building was only “ministerial.”

“The reason that I was included in the charges was because I signed the contract. The Supreme Court has handed a decision on that. Heads of agency sign documents [as]ministerial [duty],” he said in an interview on DWIZ.

Binay said he relied on the recommendations of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) when he approved the construction of the building.

In Arias v. Sandiganbayan, the Supreme Court ruled that “(a)ll heads of offices have to rely to a reasonable extent on their subordinates and on the good faith of those prepare bids, purchase supplies, or enter into negotiations.”


Binay said the senators who conducted the probe only wanted media attention because they know that a complaint has been filed at the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Kung hindi ba talaga gumagawa lang mileage, mabasa lang sa diyaryo, mapanuod sa TV. Alam naman nila na Ombudsman din naman ang hahawak nito. ‘Yang hablang ‘yan, ‘yang kunwari in aid of legislation nila. May habla na sa amin ‘yan. Naroon ho, nakabinbin na sa Ombudsman (They’re just after media mileage. They know that the Ombudsman will handle the case. A complaint has been filed, it’s pending at the Ombudsman),” he said.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the Senate report can be used by prosecutors in their case build up.

Morales said the report can “complement the investigation that we are conducting.”

“We don’t know what are the contents, so I cannot say if we will use it as evidence. But it can be complementary to our case build-up or it could even go more than what we are finding sa case build-up. In which case, we will be happy to consider the report,” she said.

The Ombudsman’s Special Panel of Investigators filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against former the Vice President, Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay and 22 others for malversation, falsification, violations of the Anti-Graft Law and Government Procurement Reform Act.

The complaint is in connection with alleged irregularities in the purchase and award of the construction and design contracts of the Makati City Hall Parking Building.

In July 2014, Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso filed a plunder complaint against Binay for his alleged involvement in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II which they claimed was overpriced.

The camp of Binay has maintained that the Senate investigation was politically m,otivated.

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  1. If Binay will when as President imagine what kind of country we will have? Do we allow this kind of person to lead us? I don’t think so. My prayer is I hope he will rot in jail together with his tentacles. Philippines cannot afford to have a leader like him. To my countrymen please wake up and please vote according to your conscience. We don’t want another darkness in our history.

  2. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    Does that mean that Binay has the power, privilege and legal technicalities to steal government’s money? So no matter how much money the Binay family stole, they are very confident that they will get away with it. Are the Binay family really that powerful to make a wrong deed right? Are they that powerful to go against the law of GOD (“Thou shall not steal”) and the law of man? Looks like the Binay family and his followers are more powerful than their master, SATAN. GOD, please save the Philippine from the Binay family and his followers.