CA justice drops Binay case

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ANOTHER Court of Appeals (CA) magistrate has inhibited herself from the case involving Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “JunJun” Binay who questioned the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman suspending him over his alleged involvement in the construction of a ten-storey building in Makati Science High School.

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Binay filed a petition for a temporary restraining order at the CA, seeking to stop the implementation of the Om-budman’s ruling.

After the case was raffled off to the appellate court’s 9th Division, its chairperson, Associate Justice Priscilla Baltazar-Padilla, recused herself but did not disclose her reason for doing so.

Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando will replace Baltazar-Padilla.

Last week, Padilla replaced Associate Justice Celia Librea-Leagogo who inhibited herself because her husband’s co-partner in his law firm is a relative of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Roxas and Binay’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, are expected to fight it out in the 2016 presidential polls.

Last week, the most senior justice handling the case, Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro Javier, went on leave. She will report back to work on August 3.

Replacing her in an acting capacity is Associate Justice Nina G. Antonio Valenzuela of the special 10th division.

Hence, the ponente and regular member of the case, Associate Justice Melchor Q. Sadang, will remain in his post. He will be temporarily the acting chairman of the division in view of Lazaros’ absence.

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