THE Sandiganbayan’s Third Division has issued an order barring dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and several others from leaving the country in connection with the graft and falsification charges they are facing.
The order dated February 26 and made public on Wednesday means that Binay will have to seek the court’s permission whenever he intends to go abroad.
Also covered by the HDOs were former Makati City Administrator Marjorie De Veyra, Legal Officer Pio Kenneth Dasal, Budget Officer Lorenza Amores, Central Planning Management Office (CPMO) Chief Line de la Peña, former City Engineer Mario Badillo, City Treasurer Nelia Barlis, City Accountant Cecilio Lim 3rd, CPMO Civil Engineer Connie Consulta, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Secretariat Head Manolito Uyaco, BAC Vice Chairperson Gerardo San Gabriel, Acting City Administrator Eleno Mendoza Jr., and BAC Technical Working Group Chairman Rodel Nayve.
Likewise included was Efren Canlas of Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation (Hilmarc’s).
Binay said the issuance of an HDO is part of court procedures and that he will comply it.
“That is part of my posting bail, there will really be a hold departure order so this is not a special case wherein I am the only one issued such. All who are charged at the Sandiganbayan who posts bail will really be issued a hold departure order,” he said in an interview in Iba, Zambales where his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, took his presidential campaign.
“Second, I don’t see any issue there because that is what is in the rules, then that is what we will follow. If I would want to go abroad – I don’t have any plans to do so these days – I will just ask permission from the Sandiganbayan if they will allow me to go out of the country, which also has processes that we will follow if there will be a time that I need to leave the Philippines. So that is only temporary, of course I will return,” he added.
Earlier, the Office of the Ombudsman maintained its ruling finding sufficient grounds to file charges before the Sandiganbayan against the older Binay, his son, and 22 others in connection with the allegedly anomalous bidding and construction of the P2.2-billion Makati City Hall car park building from 2011 to 2013.