Giving Ombudsman extra powers risky – Binay camp


Giving a “highly partisan” Ombudsman the power to access bank accounts and to wiretap is dangerous, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp warned on Wednesday.

Binay’s campaign spokesman Rico Quicho made the statement a day after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales asked Congress to give her office extra powers to speed up its graft investigation.

“The Ombudsman is asking Congress for additional powers to open bank accounts and wiretaps. These additional powers are dangerous in the hands of a vindictive, tyrannical and highly partisan Ombudsman,” Quicho said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Morales also said that “there was no timing” in the filing of charges against Binay, his son former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and several other Makati officials over the allegedly anomalous bidding and construction of the P2.2-billion Makati carpark building.

“No one has accused the Ombudsman of being the spokesperson for the Liberal Party. The enforcer of the Liberal Party, yes, but not the spokesperson,” Quicho said.

“What gives this credence is the Ombudsman’s own admission that her office will file an information against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay this week despite glaring violations of law and due process and open contempt of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the mayor,” he added.

Earlier this month, the Ombudsman stood pat on its ruling finding sufficient grounds to file graft, malversation, and falsification charges before the Sandiganbayan against the Binays.

However, the Ombudsman will have to wait until Binay steps down as Vice President to file the case.

On Wednesday, the Vice President said that he “will be a spending executive.”
Campaigning in Pangasinan, Binay said the salary of state workers have not been increased because the government refuses to spend.

“Apparently…ang savings iipunin, ‘pag malapit ang halalan lubos ang paglabas ng pera [the savings will be collected, when the election is near, funds are wholly disbursed]…BUB, they call it by any name. Never in this administration for six years had to spend this big amount of money and this would show every savings done in the past was in preparation for the election,” Binay said.

BUB is the Bottom Up Budgeting, wherein local government units and people’s organizations identify local projects for funding by the national government.

“This is really wrong management…this administration wanted to keep saving up and because of saving up, there was not much spending, services have no quality…is that correct management? Save up, save up, save up. The government’s job is to spend in order to improve the quality of services for the nation. The government’s job is to spend in order to address the needs of its workers, state workers,” Binay stressed.


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