Senate orders Binay’s arrest

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Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay

But Drilon steps in, defers detention of Makati mayor

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THE Senate blue ribbon committee on Monday cited Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five others for contempt and ordered their arrest for continuously refusing to attend the Senate investigation on the Makati City Hall Building 2 and other alleged irregularities involving various infrastructure projects implemented by the city government.

The ruling of panel chairperson Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd was based on a recommendation earlier made by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, chairman of the blue ribbon sub-committee, to cite the Makati officials in contempt for ignoring the summons issued to them.

But the implementation of Guingona’s arrest order was put on hold after acting Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd questioned procedures used by the blue ribbon committee in coming up with the decision.

According to Sotto, since the issue is highly controversial, it would be proper to let the majority members of the Guingona panel decide on the matter instead of only three senators.

Only Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th, Pimentel and Guingona were present on Monday.

Sotto cited Senate Resolution 145 stating that “a majority of all the members of the committee may, however, reverse or modify the aforesaid order of contempt within seven days.”

Sen. Francis Escudero asked if the Senate will wait for seven days before the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms implements the arrest order.

Senate President Franklin Drilon tossed the matter to the committee on rules, which is headed by Cayetano.

Because the issue is yet to be decided by the rules panel, the arrest order against Binay; Eleno Mendoza, Makati City administrator; Line dela Peña, assistant city engineer; Ebeng Baloloy, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s aide; Marjorie de Veyra, former Makati City administrator; and Bernadette Portollano was put on hold.

Cayetano said he will convene the rules committee today to discuss the manifestations raised by Sotto and Trillanes.

The Senate rules panel has eight members including two from the minority bloc—Sotto and Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.

But even if the Senate panel is yet to rule on the order of the blue ribbon committee, the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms has been told to monitor movements of the persons cited for contempt so that they can be easily located once the arrest order is implemented.

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  1. the binays are not my kind of people but if i were in the mayor’s shoe, i would rather be jailed in the senate for contempt rather than faced those abusive cayetano, trillanes and pimentel and satisfy their bullying in the proceedings.

  2. I think it would be better for mayor Binay to be confine in the senate kaysa hihiyain ka lang nila Trillanes at Cayetano. The committee will never give mayor Binay a chance to explain in these hearing. I wonder why this sub committee just recommend the filing of graft charges to the ombudsman? The ombudsman has more power than the senate who does these in aid of Mar.

  3. Why would anyone find to trust the already lost credibility of some Senators of the Philippines , much more the House member of Congress including the President. who themselves are known to defy every law there is that must be enforced for they have not shown any good examples for all Filipinos to follow.,They tried to do it again with the current CJ of the Supreme Court. but they did not succeed. Kawawang mga Pilipino lalo na ang mahihirap.Panginoong Dios, iligtas mo po ang buong Pilipinas,

  4. Haaaayyyy Nakuuuuu! on

    Kapag ang mga poltikong magnanakaw ay ikukulong, walang matitira kundi si Manny Pacquiao lang ang nasa house of representatives floor. Hihirit pa ba kayo sa patama ko (I repeat, patama at hindi pahaging!) And I mean it, LAHAT, lahat ay magnanakaw at walang malinis kundi yung hindi pa sanay magnakaw, si Manny P. lang yun! O, meron bang may honor o karapatan pumalag? Pati ang mga nasa cabinet ano! Si Joel Villanueva, isa pa yan! Mga kawatan!!!

    • Pati yan si pacquioa na idol mo isa rin mag-nanakaw. Mag-nanakaw ng oras sa congress. Palaging absent pero cige pa rin ang tagap ng sweldo.

  5. Again its turning into a shambles. These binays defy the blue ribbon committee i think 12 times & still they havent been arrested. If they are required by law to attend if called then it should be automatic if not attending to be arrested. But here everything is in place to make arresting top people very difficult. If it were you or i that were ignoring the committee we would be held with contempt almost immediately & arrested.
    It needs to get sorted out not keep on dragging by day after day week after week month after month as then it soon turns into year after year.

    • The Binays attended the previous senate hearings and we all witnessed how the senate conducted the hearing. Specially senators cayetano and trillanes, they embarrased the witnesses, they were not given enough time to answer but if it is mercados turn, he can talk longer. The hearing is not in aid of legislation. There is the office the ombudsman who can handle the case.

    • yes did you observed how itlog triallanes told to berberabe na wala kang karapatang magtanong ito bang mga senatong na ito ay may utak o urak kurakot gaya ng amo nila kay itong 3 itlog nato dapat dito balatan ng buhay mga buwaya

  6. Carl Cid Inting on

    As Filipino policemen are getting massacred in Mindanao, the Senate can’t think of anything more important than political horseplay?

    • Oo naman, mas importante na magpasikat at maka kuha ng pogi points si Chismis Queen Alan, SAMS Antonio at Cuckold Aqui. Pwede naman nila pag antayin ang isyu ng masaker sa Mindanao o patagalin ang pagaaral ng mga Rules on Procedure/Evidence ng Revised Penal Code upang mapaikli ang mga pagdining sa mga kaso ng murder ng mga Ampatuan. Malayo naman sa Manila ang mga nangyayari sa Mindanao at hindi sila makakakuha ng pogi points dun. Sa kaso ng mga Binay, sigurado na paguusapan sila sa media kaya mas importante yun sa kanila.

    • I agree with you Carl. I’ll never vote those Senators come 2016. Hindi na tama and they have their own vested interests. There are a lot more important matters other than conducting investigation na noon pa dapat naisampa na nila sa korte kung totoong may patutunguhan ang lahat na yan.

  7. Suggestion to the BR subcommittee:

    1. Have the Register of Deeds and the Bureau of Lands conduct a table survey of the entire Hacienda Binay, parcel by parcel showing registered owners.

    2. Look for the names of Antonio Tiu, the dummy claimant, and Ernesto Mercado, admitted dummy.

    3. Subpoena all persons currently registered as owners to shed light on the situation.

    4. This could be the smoking gun and everything else will be moot and academic.

    • Bakit hindi magkaron din ng table survey ang Hacienda Luisita para maibalik na ito sa taong bayan na sya ang tunay na mayari nito. Tandaan na binigyan ng pamahalaan ng Bank Guarantee para makakuha ng loan sa pagbili nito at may taning na sampung taon lang ang garantiya sa loan. Ganun din sana ang gawin sa buong Makati, lupa ng Fort Bonifacio at lahat ng malalaking hasyenda sa buong bansa. Tandaan na ang Paseo de Roxas ay runway ng isang airport nuon kaya nagtataka lang ako kun paano napunta sa isang tao ang pagaari ng isang airport.

  8. Rene L. Canlas on

    SEN. NANCY..WAG MONG GAWIN DAHILAN ANG MGA ANAK NI MAYOR JUNJUN PARA SYA DI MAKULONG SA SENADO..DI NAMAN SYA BIBITAYIN DOON AT PWEDENG DALAWIN NG MGA ANAK NYA ANYTIME. KUNG GAGAWA KA NG KASALANAN, BE PREPARED TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. OK

  9. Rene L. Canlas on

    DAPAT HULIHIN NA ANG LAHAT NA YAN PARA MAKULONG AT MAGDUSA KAHIT NA ILANG ARAW MAN LANG SA KULUNGAN NG SENADO. SOBRA NA ANG NAKAWAN DYAN SA MAKATI..PATI BA NAMAN ANG BOYSCOUT DINA PINATAWAD..GRABEEEE