Dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. posted bail for the graft and falsification charges filed against him before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the allegedly anomalous bidding and construction of the P2.2-billion Makati City Hall carpark building.
Binay posted a P204,000 bail at the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division.
Last week, the Office of the Ombudsman charged Binay along with 13 other former Makati City officials and employees. The Ombudsman recommended P30,000 bail for each graft count and P24,000 bail for each of the six counts of falsification charges.
The court has yet to determine if there is probable cause to proceed to trial or to issue arrest warrants.
Defense lawyer Claro Certeza said they filed a motion for judicial determination of probable cause yesterday because they believe that the Ombudsman’s evidence is weak.
The former mayor said he and his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, are being harassed but he expressed confidence that he will get a fair trial.
The vice president was not among those charged because he has immunity from suit.
Charged along with Binay were City Administrator Marjorie De Veyra, Legal Officer Pio Kenneth Dasal, Budget Officer Lorenza Amores, Central Planning Management Office (CPMO) Chief Line Dela 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 charged was Efren Canlas of Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation (Hilmarc’s).
The Ombudsman accused the respondents of giving “unwarranted benefits, advantage and preference to Hilmarc’s.”