• Blue Ribbon orders hunt vs 14 Binay pals

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    The Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday recommended issuance of warrants of arrest against 14 individuals in connection with graft allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay, noting their repeated failure to appear before its sub-committee to testify on such accusations.

    Among those cited in contempt were  Binay’s finance officer Gerardo Limlingan; businessman Antonio Tiu, his brother James and sister-in-law Anne Lorraine Buencamino-Tiu;  Vissia Marie Aldon; Danilo Villas; Aida Alcantara; Hirene Lopez; Irene Chong; Imee Chong; Kim Tun Chong; Irish Chong; Erlinda Chong; and Kimsfer Chong.

    University of Makati president and Pag-IBIG Fund board member Tomas Lopez and Mario Badillo, an engineer, were not included in the contempt raps as they promised to attend the next hearings of the blue ribbon sub-committee.

    Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, chairman of the powerful committee, said the personalities were cited in contempt after they repeatedly failed to appear before the sub-committee, which has been hearing the allegations against Binay, his family and cohorts over the past several months.

    The warrants would be served as soon as Senate President Franklin Drilon signs an order effecting the recommendation.

    The blue ribbon committee also upheld the arrest warrants it earlier issued against three individuals: Binay’s private secretary Eduviges  Baloloy, Line dela Pena and Bernadette Portallano.

    Aside from their alleged involvement in the Vice President’s supposedly questionable transactions, Limlingan and Baloloy were also named in a report released by the Anti-Money Laundering Council as owners of several bank accounts, which received huge deposits and transferred large amounts to banks in Canada from 2008 to 2014.

    The Court of Appeals has frozen 242 bank accounts and insurance policies belonging to Binay, some members of his family and close associates such as Limlingan and Baloloy, who are suspected of being his dummies.

    Limlingan has been listed as consultant to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) headed by Binay and  member of the board of regents of the University of Makati, among other positions

    Harassment
    Businessman Antonio Tiu, meanwhile, vowed to exhaust all legal means against “unscrupulous politicians” who have been harassing him and his family.

    According to the businessman, he is not surprised by  the move of the Senate blue ribbon committee to cite him in contempt, considering that he has been subjected to harassment not only by the Senate panel but also by other government agencies.

    “This is purely harassment, I have appeared in Senate hearings on the Makati City Hall Building 2 [overpricing]despite the fact that it does not have anything to do with my business. I attended personally [the Senate hearings]  every time there is a subpoena, so I don’t understand this,” Tiu said.

    He also scored those i who have been harassing him and his family particularly the inclusion of his mother’s bank account in the freeze order of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

    Tiu, one of those being accused by the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee as a dummy of Binay, insisted that AMLC acted in bad faith and deliberately concealed from the Court of Appeals the truth on the transactions that allegedly warranted the inclusion of his and his companies’ bank accounts in the freeze order.

    He recently received the freeze order on his bank accounts as well as on  his companies,  Greenergy Holdings Inc., Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp. and Earthright Holdings Inc.

    Tiu said he was surprised to learn that AMLC cause the inclusion of all the bank accounts of his 70-year-old mother in the freeze order just to harass him further.
    He added  that he was shocked that a government agency like the AMLC allowed itself  to be used by politically motivated people.

    “We have been very good citizens of the country, my mother is a retiree and actively participating in charitable activities. These merciless people are trying to include my mother and we will not allow to let this pass,” the businessman said.

    NBI ready
    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will help locate and arrest the 14 individuals who have been cited in contempt by the Senate blue ribbon committee.

    The NBI and the Philippine National Police have been trying to serve arrest warrants against Baloloy, de la Peña and Portallano, who de Lima said  are still in the country.
    “There is no record with the Bureau of Immigration as to their departure from the Philippines,” she added.

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    11 Comments

    1. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      How do Binay explain his billion dollars/pesos ill-gotten wealth? Definitely the Binay family cannot explain or defend it for in the first place the Binay family continually refuse to explain it. Back to the years pre-martial law, VP Binay is just an alalay of Saguisag. Binay is not really that de-kalidad lawyer (that’s another reason why he back-out of the debate with Trillanes and refuse to defend himself in court and in the senate).Binay then was just an ordinary college teacher who can not even afford to have a car. Nakikisakay lang yan sa mga abogadong may kotse. And with his background, how can he amassed those wealth? The citizens with a common sense should know by now. Calling all Leftists, NPAs, Gabriela; if you are really fighting for a cause, then go claim back the money of the Filipino from the Binays.

    2. I Remember... on

      Hard to see Binay going down with all these illegitimate actions from brain dead people in Senate. By the way, those brain dead are NOBODIES…. 1 failed Coup leader and 2 bozos that never achieve 1 iota of positive in the past!

      At least, that entertains the people until next Elections! Hope the Lions will eat the Christians….

    3. If I’m in a position wherein I’m being acccused of something that aren’t true,

      I will face them. How hard would that be? Mr VP hoping to become Mr. P.

      Tell and explain if it needs explaining and let the people judge in the final analysis.

    4. they should also include Sen Drillon and the rest of the administration senator. of course Sec. Abad, Alcala, and most of Abnoy cabinet.

    5. To all those concerned in this now you realise you should have shown up to those hearings. But i find it so strange that these people who are all in charge of companies making huge ammounts of money can suddenly just disappear. Where do they go to & what are they hiding.
      Then we have tui, yes he attended some of the hearings & i think we all found out first hes been cheating the tax man out of millions of pesos. Thats for starters. People like him & the binays & all their cohorts think everyone is stupid. Well they are beginning to realise they arnt as stupid as they thought. When they are all in jail they can rethink who actually was the stupid ones.
      I also think if binay wont resign the senate should expel him as arnt you supposed to be honourable. I know he hasnt been found guilty yet but look what all this is doing to his party & to the country, but does binay care, no he only cares about himself. The rules here need to be changed because these politicians have no decency & none will ever resign to fight charges, they still want to hang onto their power for as long as possible.

      • Absolutely correct….as the carpenter say…We’ve Only Just Begun”..in prosecuting corrupt officials in government and businessmen.
        What would you think of a family… who has a VP- the father, a senator- the daughter, a congressmen – the daughter, a mayor – the son, a councilor , etc… What does the family really want?.. to serve, power, fame, richness, ?? or…all of the above. Your guessed is good as mine.

      • PEOPLE’S TAXES are people’s money paid to our national treasury from services they rendered as what comes from hard-earned jobs, working 8-14 hrs/day, rain or shine, thru thick and thin, by hook or by crook just to abide our constitutional obligation as mandated by our laws.Barely,what is the public issue we face now in our society ? A merely clear and very present danger to the populace as it may ! CORRUPTIONS are widely-rampant among government officials that’s no one dare to oath or accept the acts of crime they committed, hiding the facts in perceptions of politically motivation and embarking on a dirty-tactics of there should be substantial evidence to present for.Otherwise, WE still hope to our honorable and prestigious justices of our Supreme Court to rule on in this pre-dominant matters that affectings our national economy as well as the life of all citizenry of this country….. WE’RE WATCHING !

    6. The end is near Mr.13%VP Binay,humihigpit na yong tali sa leeg mo.No way out but Bagong Diwa or hari kiri.

      • apolonio reyes on

        Kung si LKY and Boss ni VP Binay ay wala ng kawala si VP Binay pagka’t sasabihan nito kagad kahit na walang kaso pa isinampa na ” VP BINAY, DO IT OR I’LL DO IT FOR YOU, KAYA MAG HARI KIRI KA NA “. MABUTI NA LANG MABAIT ANG BOSS NYA NA SI PNOY SA MGA KKK, KAYA PADALA NA LANG SANA NITO SI VP BINAY SA ” JOLO MILK TEA HAUZ ” AT PAINUMIN KAGAD NG MILK TEA, SIGURADONG WALANG SUGAT, WALANG SAKIT AT WALANG KASO SA PNP, TAMA BA ATTY. FORTUN?

    7. P.Akialamiro on

      The sincerity of the government would be believable if it’s not only after ‘enemies’ of the administration. Otherwise, this would just be perpetuating the viscious cycle of investigating opposition members by succeeding administrations. Not a sign of good governnance, but of vindictiveness and diivision. A case of what is called in the street lingo: “Weder weder lang.”

      Nonetheless, the “die is cast”. Let Mr. Binay explain so the people may know whether he deserves to be a leader or not, especially it involves an eye-popping billions of pesos.