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