Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. has decried the apparent haste with which the suspension order was made, calling it a “special express suspension” that was reminiscent of other instances that he and other members of his family were subjected to such “special treatment.”
“[We really enjoy] special treatment. Special Senate hearing. Special COA [Commission on Audit] audit. Special panel of the Ombudsman. [And now], special express suspension,” he said on Wednesday.
The mayor noted that the action of the Ombudsman was no longer surprising, given that the special panel of investigators includes prosecutors affiliated with the likes of Simeon Marcelo, former Ombudsman and law firm partner of Avelino “Nonong” Cruz.
Binay said they were not only lawyers of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, but are also known as his “operators.”
He pointed out that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) led by Roxas was the implementing agency of the suspension order.
The mayor said just like in the Senate, they were not given the chance to properly explain and answer allegations leveled against them.
He vowed to exhaust all legal remedies, and appealed for fair and equal treatment from concerned government agencies.
Binay said he remained hopeful that the courts will remain fair and impartial, even if the Ombudsman has not been so.
“I will exhaust all available remedies. I will continue discharging my duties as mayor until all legal remedies have been respected. While I may belong to the opposition, I am still entitled to my rights like any Filipino citizen,”he added.
The mayor warned residents of Makati that the lies against and unjust persecution of his father and their family will not stop and are expected to even intensify in the coming months as the 2016 elections draw near.
The mayor appealed for sobriety among the residents and expressed confidence in their continued support to his family.
Sen. Nancy Binay, meanwhile, is convinced that the suspension order issued against her brother is part of “Oplan Nognog” and she expects more anti-Binay actions to follow.
Binay, in an interview, admitted that she only got the news about the suspension of his brother from the media and the move will not be good for the Makati residents.