• BINAY STRIKES BACK AT DETRACTORS

    ‘I will answer your lies’

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    VICE PRESIDENT Jejomar Binay on Tuesday vowed to confront his accusers in court and to unravel the “lies” spread against him as another plunder complaint was filed against him and his son, Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr., at the Office of the Ombudsman over the allegedly overpriced Makati Science High School Building.

    Former city officials and officers of Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. were included in the complaint filed by Renato Bondal.

    But the Vice President said he will not back down even if his political detractors continue to spread lies.

    “I am used to life’s challenges. And even if they are not fair or just, I do not back down.

    To those who filed the complaint and their backers, I say, I will answer all your lies before the Ombudsman. Let us face each other before the eyes of the law. I will go through the right process,” he stressed.

    Bondal, who called for the preventive suspension of the public respondents, first filed a plunder complaint against the father and son and several city councilors in July this year over the allegedly overpriced construction of the New Makati City Hall Parking Building.

    Bondal ran against Junjun but lost in the 2013 elections.
    In a 13-page complaint, he accused the respondents of plunder for the “unconscionable overpricing of the construction” of the school, which was built at a cost of P1.33 billion.

    Citing National Statistics Office (NSO) records, Bondal said the average construction cost in 2007 was about P8,013.
    Multiplied by the supposed total floor area of 18,373 sq.m., he said, the project should have cost only P147,222,849.

    Bondal then cited 2013 construction industry guidelines, which provided an average cost of P25,620 per sq.m. for a similar building, in saying the total cost should have been only P470 million.

    “The overprice then for the high school building was P862,000,000,” he said.

    Bondal added that the project, which started in 2007, was “made to appear to have been finished, completed and accepted by responsible officers of the Makati City Government in 2014.” He also cited the Senate inspection in November “which showed that the 8th, 9th and 10th floors were unfinished.”

    “[T]he respondents chopped up the project into six phases and conducted a simulated bidding for each phase, a practice prohibited under Republic Act 9184,” Bondal said, referring to the Procurement Law.

    “Undeniably, then Mayor Jejomar Binay is liable for gross misuse of precious government funds. This practice continued when his son, Erwin Jejomar S. Binay Jr., took over as mayor in June 2010,” he added.

    Also named respondents were former councilors Ferdinand Eusebio, Arnold Magpantay, Romeo Medina, Tosca Puno-Ramos, Maria Alethea Casal-Uy, Virgilio Hilario, Monsuor Del Rosario 3rd, Vince Sese, Dr. Nelson Pasia, Salvador Pangilinan, Elias Tolentino, Ruth Tolentino, Henry Jacome, Leo Magpantay, Nemesio Yabut, Armand Padilla, Israel Cruzado, Ma. Theresa De Lara, Angelito Gatchalian and Ricardo Javier.

    Other respondents are members of Makati City’s school board in 2009; ex-Makati resident state auditor Cecila Caga-anan; Bids and Awards Committee Chairman Marjorie De Veyra, Chairman (Phase VI) Eleno Mendoza Jr. and members Lorenza Amores, Pio Kenneth Dasal, Gerardo San Gabriel and Rodel Nayve and Hilmarc’s officers and directors Efren Canlas, Damian Ramos, Ma. Trinitas Canlas, Susan Ramos, Ma. Shiela Dayrit, Edouard Ferdinand Canlas, Juan Paolo Canlas, Cristina Elisse Canlas, Hak Jin Kim and Robert Henson.

    Untruth
    Binay said he will face the charges head on to unravel the truth behind all the allegations of his detractors.

    “I am ready to present myself before the Ombudsman to shed light on the truth behind the allegations against me,” the Vice President added.

    He said he was wondering why charges are being filed against him now when his detractors have been quiet in the past.
    “I only have one question for the people accusing me and those behind them. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, there was not one question or finding or irregularity in the projects they mentioned. But since the beginning of 2014, we had a special audit, special findings and others,” Binay noted.

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    1. Sayang lang ang laway…..mabuti pa sa presinto ka na lang magreklamo. Bnay ko po…the wrath of the Gods is hounding you now…do it the Japanese way and save your family honor. This way the pages of history will have something good written about you. Gen, Reyes was admirable…maybe you can learn something from what he did…☺☻☻☺

    2. I find this quite strange. With bidding for different stages of a building. So company A wins the right to build the 1st stage. Company B wins the right to build the 2nd stage , company C third stage & so on.Its now finished & we find there is a problem somewhere with a leak here & a leak there. Now the leak will come between 1 & the other connection that 2 different companies completed Who will be responsible for the repair. It would take years & years of court costs with trials accusations counter accusations & would never get sorted. When a company bids on a building surely it is its job to finnish that building. Now if you have a house & have lived in it a number of years & have an extension built & now you get a problem its obviously the companys fault who built the extension as its been ok for years.
      But also i agree by having it built in stages makes it easier to steal money from an over priced project. Thats the main reason they do it that way. & every single politician thats had a building built like that has probably had a kickback as thats always how it worked here in this country, everyone knows its how it worked so please dont all look so shocked.

      • Filipinos are aware of the system of corruption being done by the politicians. Binay as an over staying politician with established political dynasty is obviously corrupt. Because only corrupt politicians would establish a political dynasty to ensure the supply of stolen cash flow into the family’s coffer. Good politicians will serve and go and would not even allow other family members to enter politics because “public service” is self-sacrifice. Nobody in his right mind would enter politics to “serve the people”. Sadly, this is no longer true in the Philippines. So people are no longer “in-shock” to learn of Binay’s corruption. In fact, people will be shock if there is one politician out there who is not corrupt.

    3. jose b. taganahan on

      The Vice President will obviously answer (he has no choice) those complaints before the Ombudsman which he hopes to bribe just to delay the investigation process until the Presidential election in 2016 is over. But if Binay did not stole public money to enrich himself while serving as Mayor of Makati he should have already answered those accusations of massive graft and corruption perpetrated by VP Binay and his family while serving in the Makati City government. After all these issues will be repeated all over again in newspapers, Televisions and radios during the 2016 campaign period. Personaly, base on the testimonies of resource persons i strongly believe that the Vice President is guilty of plunder.

      • The problem is, bobotantes don’t care what Binay does. Most of them still want him to be the next president. How do we solve this stupidity that always put the wrong people to run the country? It’s mind boggling!

    4. jose b. taganahan on

      The Vice President will obviously answer (he has no choice) those complaints before the Ombudsman which he hopes to bribe just to delay the investigation process until the Presidential election in 2016 is over. But if Binay did not stole public money to enrich himself while serving as Mayor of Makati he should have already answered those accusations of massive graft and corruption perpetrated by VP Binay and his family while serving in the Makati City government. After all these issues will be repeated all over again in newspapers, Televisions and radios during the 2016 campaign period.

    5. “I am used to life’s challenges. And even if they are not fair or just, I do not back down.”

      Is this one of your lies, Binay? You have backed down on few occassions. In fact you have backed down from the debate you proposed to Trillanes. Also, you have never answered with notarized documents the questions posed to you by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. I heard only denials without supporting notarized documents. I think you are afraid to take legal oaths becasue of you may be committing perjury.

      The Filipinos want the truth.

    6. An excellent plan, a good move. When it happens will be viewing 2 protagonists, one thief and corrupt versus another thief and corrupt individuals and families.

    7. Questions were not ask from 2007-2013 because the accusers were on the same side of the court of the Binays. All have the same code of conduct. You cover me I cover you. You take care of me I take care of you.