SAVE Makati Movement members have filed before the Office of the Ombudsman a supplement to their P1.560-billion plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. over the allegedly overpriced construction of the New Makati City Hall Parking Building.
Lawyer Renato Bondal, the complainant along with Nicolas Enciso 6th, on Monday claimed that the construction totaled P2.711 billion according to the resident auditor, or P1.150 billion more than they earlier alleged.
Bondal was the lone challenger of the younger Binay in the 2013 elections.
“Respondent Cecilia Caga-anan.. . . has confirmed, and even supplied evidence, to prove our contention that the Makati Parking Building is grossly overpriced,” the supplement to complaint/affidavit read.
Various city councilors and the resident auditor in Makati, Cecilia Caga-anan, were also named as respondents in the complaint for alleged plunder, graft and violations of the Government Procurement Act.
Bondal said in a memorandum dated February 17, 2014, Caga-anan had reported to the Commission on Audit (CoA) Director Carmelita Antasuda of the National Capital Region Local Government Sector that the budget for the construction reached P2,711,566,502 appropriated through eight ordinances from 2007 to 2013 for the building alone.
Under two of these ordinances, the same memorandum showed that P900 million was already approved and spent for the construction of the building during the elder Binay’s time as Makati mayor, the supplement read.
“Another P650 million, appropriated in 2011, during the incumbency of Mayor Erwin Jejomar S. Binay, Jr. was not included in our original complaint/affidavit. The existence of Ordinance No. 2008-035 enacted during the term of Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay in the Memorandum of respondent Cecilia E. Caga-anan,” it added.
If divided by the total floor area of the 11-floor building, the construction cost would amount to P84,927 per square meter but data from the National Statistics Office showed that the average cost per square meter should have been P8,013 per square meter or a total of about P255 million, the complainants alleged.
“From the very same memorandum, it is clearly shown that the Makati City Parking Building was not subjected to a bidding as a single construction project but was chopped up into five (5) phases,” they said.
The splitting of the contract into five parts was prohibited under the Government Procurement Act but the Binays “pushed” for the retailed biddings “leading to skyrocketing costs for every phase of the project as the so-called bidders were not subject to any reference amount at the inception of the entire project,” the complainants also alleged.
They noted that the COA-Technical Audit Specialist and Makati Audit Groups from 2008 to 2011 failed to disallow the payments.
Among the respondents were former and incumbent councilors Ferdinand T. Eusebio, Arnold Magpantay, Romeo Medina, Tosca Puno Ramos, Maria Alethea Casal-Uy, Ma. Concepcion Yabut, Virgilio Hilario, Monsour del Rosario, Vince Sese, Nelson Pasia, Salvador Pangilinan, Elias Tolentino, Ruth Tolentino, Henry Jacome, Leo Magpantay, Nemesio “King” Yabut, Armand Padilla, Israel Cruzado, Ma. Theresa de Lara, Angelito Gatchalian and Ernesto Aspillaga.