Ombudsman to file raps after Binay’s term ends

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Vice President Jejomar Binay will be charged with graft, malversation and falsification after he steps down in June, according to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

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The criminal charges are in connection with the alleged anomalous bidding and construction of the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall carpark building.

In February, the Ombudsman denied the motions for reconsideration filed by Binay and several others, maintaining that there is sufficient ground to charge the Vice President, his son dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr., and several others.

“The resolution that we issued is very clear. When he’s stripped off of immunity then we will consider filing the case,” Morales told reporters Thursday.

The charges, which are all bailable, may be filed anytime after Binay finishes his term.

Binay’s camp however expressed confidence that the cases will be dismissed for being baseless.

“Everybody knows that the Ombudsman is biased against VP Binay. It disregarded the evidence, due process and the law to harass VP Binay while turning a blind eye on complaints against allies and partymates of the current administration,” Binay’s spokesman Rico Quicho said.

“In a fair and impartial venue, we are confident that the so-called cases against the VP will be dismissed for being frivolous and baseless. We shall exert all legal remedies to prove the Ombudsman wrong,” Quicho said.

In February this year, the Ombudsman filed graft and falsification charges at the Sandiganbayan against the younger Binay and 13 others.

But the Vice President was not among those charged because as an official who may only be removed from office by impeachment, he has immunity from charges which carry the penalty of removal from office.

Binay will step down on June 30 after a single six-year term.

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  1. Let us be fair with VP Binay. It may be a demolition job against Binay by the Liberal Party. With out this Binay should be our next President. He cannot be beaten , even by Duterte. But, the evidences will show otherwise. I hate to say this by there was a tremendous amount monies stolen by whom, I do not know. Binay toke care of Makati, it residence was happy with his administration. I do not have any proof but it is my opinion that is a classic example of a very good guy turned bad. It is the people you are associated with. Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.

  2. This is not a surprise. The Ombudsman has previously announced her plan to file charges against the sitting VP once the election contests are over. VP Binay’s lawyers (such as Atty. Quicho) have always claimed that the charges are “baseless”. Well, the time has come or will soon come, for them to prove that this is, in fact, the case. This case will be “historical”.

  3. Now that elections are over, it is only fitting and proper that the Ombudsman pursue the cases against Binay if only to show that the accusations were not just politically motivated and a demolition job, as claimed by Binay and his camp. The people are entitled to know the truth about the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall carpark building as well as Binay is entitled to a day in a fair and impartial venue.

    • Aling Kamagong on

      This will be the beginning of the end of VP Binay “politically motivated and a demolition job against him” phrase. Sa wakas maiiba naman ang kanyang excuse. Kasuhan na yan!