Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. has scored Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd for being ignorant and dismissive of the law.
Still, Binay said over the weekend, “We understand the situation of Secretary Roxas. He is under a lot of stress. We are also undergoing a stressful situation but we rise above it. We do not resort to pettiness and name-calling. Secretary Roxas is a lot older than me. I would have expected him to show some maturity.”
The Interior chief was reacting to the mayor’s move to seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the Ombudsman’s order suspending Binay over alleged wrongdoing.
“I find his description of our decision to bring the Ombudsman’s irregular and unlawful order before the courts as ‘juvenile mentality’ petty and condescending. It also betrays either an ignorance of or total disregard for the rule of law and due process [by Roxas],” Binay said in a statement.
Calling attention of the court to an unlawful order is part of due process, he added.
“Questioning before the courts the undue haste of the Ombudsman in ordering my suspension is part of due process. We respect the law and due process and it is precisely the reason why we raised this matter before the Court of Appeals,” the Makati mayor said.
“Secretary Roxas says no one is above the law. Yet, the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] under the Liberal Party leadership has displayed several times its selectiveness in applying the law, especially when it involves LP members,” he added.
The LP is headed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and counts Roxas as among its top leaders.
“The DILG chief should stop pontificating about the law. This is all about politics. This is all about the 2016 presidential elections, Secretary Roxas,” Binay said.
Roxas has been reported to be running for President in next year’s polls, with the Makati mayor’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, as his biggest rival.
Meanwhile, Mayor Binay and his supporters were on alert on Sunday amid reports that the suspension order against him will be served on Monday.
He again appealed to Roxas to respect due process and the rule of law.
The DILG was specifically asked by the Office of the Ombudsman to implement its “immediately executory” order suspending the mayor.
“This is about respecting due process and the rule of law, and justice rendered with fairness and impartiality regardless of political allegiances,” Binay said.
He pointed out that the Court of Appeals (CA) has taken jurisdiction over his case. .
According to him, his suspension is “about the will of the people that is being overturned by the unelected and unelectable few.”
The suspension order itself, he said, is “about using the power of government to prevent my father from serving the Filipino people the same way he served the people of Makati: with competence, integrity and compassion.”
The mayor’s father was a former Makati mayor.
Since the Ombudsman announced his suspension last Wednesday, the incumbent mayor has not left City Hall.
He vowed to remain in his office until the CA issues its ruling on his petition for a TRO.
Reports circulated over the weekend that Vice Mayor Romulo Peña, a member of the administration-backed Liberal Party will be taking over Makati City Hall on Monday.
But Binay said installing Peña as officer-in-charge was part of the grand plot to oust him and all the city council members ahead of the 2016 polls.