VICE President Jejomar Binay, his son Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay of Makati City (Metro Manila) and several others are facing preliminary investigation before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with alleged irregularities in the procurement and award of contracts for the design/architectural services and the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2.
The probe came up after the Ombudsman’s Special Panel of Investigators filed a complaint charging former Makati Mayor and now Vice President Binay, Makati Mayor Binay and 22 others with malversation, falsification, violations of the Anti-Graft Law and violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The complaint was filed after months of case build-up and evidence-gathering by the special panel composed of field investigators.
Also named respondents in the complaint are former City Administrator Marjorie de Veyra; City Legal Officer Pio Kenneth Dasal; City Budget Officer Lorenza Amores; former Central Planning Management Office chief Virginia Hernandez; CPMO chief Line dela Peña; CPMO Engineers Arnel Cadangan, Emerito Magat and Connie Consulta; former City Engineer Mario Badillo; former City Accountant Leonila Querijero;, former acting City Accountant Raydes Pestaño; City Accountant Cecilio Lim 3rd; acting City Accountant Eleno Mendoza; City Treasurer Nelia Barlis; Bids and Awards Committee Secretariat heads Giovanni Condes and Manolito Uyaco; BAC member Ulysses Orienza; Technical Working Group chairman Rodel Nayv;, General Services Department Officer-in-Charge Gerardo San Gabriel; and GSD staff member Norman Flores.
Private respondents Orlando Mateo of MANA Architecture & Interior Design Company (MANA) and Efren Canlas of Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation (Hilmarc) were also included.
Except for Vice President Binay, the public respondents face administrative charges for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
The Special Panel of Investigators sought preventive suspension pending administrative adjudication.
In the complaint, it alleged that the public respondents awarded the P11,974,900 deal for the design/architectural services to MANA without calling for a public bidding. Periodic payments were also allegedly released to MANA without its corresponding deliverables under the contract.
Further, the bidding and construction for Phases I and II (out of five phases) of Building 2 allegedly proceeded without a detailed engineering plan from MANA, contrary to procurement laws and regulations.
The procurement and award of the construction deal to Hilmarc were also “marred by irregularities.”
Such were the use of allegedly falsified documents showing the purported publications of Notices to Bid and the supposed participation of two losing bidders/companies.
The anti-graft office said in a statement that one of the losing bidders/companies “categorically denied participation while the existence of the other cannot be established.”
Last year, lawyer Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso filed before the Office of the Ombudsman a plunder complaint against the two Binays over the allegedly overpriced construction of Makati City Hall Building 2.
The edifice was allegedly overpriced by P2 billion.
Bondal was the lone challenger of the younger Binay in the 2013 elections.