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Ombudsman still hot on Binay’s tail

Graft allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and 19 others in connection with the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Science High School are still undergoing preliminary investigation BY the Office of the Ombudsman.

“The investigation of the Makati Science Building [overpricing] is still ongoing. As of today, no preventive suspension order has been issued in the case,” the Ombudsman’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

A plunder complaint was filed last year against the Vice President and his son with the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the P1.33-billion Makati Science High School Building.

Incumbent and former city officials as well as officers of Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. and Infiniti Corp. were included in the complaint filed by Renato Bondal.

Bondal alleged that the project was overpriced by P862 million.

A five-man investigating team has recommended the filing of criminal cases including charges of graft and falsification of public documents as well as administrative cases of grave misconduct, dishonesty and violation of code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials against them.

Among the respondents are former and incumbent officials of the Makati City government, Makati Science High School and contractors Hillmarc’s Corp. and Infiniti Corp.

Except for theVice President and the private respondents, the investigating team also recommended that the younger Binay as well as 14 City Hall officials be placed under preventive suspension pending the investigation of the case.

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