Plunder complaint filed vs Binays

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A COMPLAINT for plunder has been filed Tuesday against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati City mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., and several members of the city council, for their alleged involvement in the irregular P1.56-billion Makati Parking Building project.

In a complaint affidavit filed at Office of the Ombudsman, lawyer Renato Bondal and Ching Enciso, lead convenor of Save Makati Movement, said the Binays in connivance with several councilors allegedly used questionable means to obtain a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

Bondal said the parking building can be considered as the "most expensive parking building" constructed in the country.

"The construction of the Makati Parking Building was financed by loans of the City from the Land Bank of the Philippines. [Then] Mayors Jejomar and Jejomar Erwin (Junjun) Binay, the members of the City Council and other Makati City officials involved in the appropriation, disbursement and in general, the construction of the Makati Parking Building should be held answerable in the courts of law," Bondal said.

The Binays co-respondents were city councilors who served from 2007 to 2013 namely Ferdinand 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.

Commission on Audit (COA) resident auditor Cecille Cag-anan has been included in the complaint for her alleged failure to ensure that right process was followed in the implementation of the project.

"Even the initial appropriation of P400 million proposed and approved in 2007 by incumbent Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, and for which he proposed and approved, and secured a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines, is clearly already overpriced by more than P154 million and should merit his being hailed to court for plunder," the complaint stated.

In addition, the complainants accused the Binays and the city councilors of passing a series of ordinances for the construction of the building without the knowledge of Makati City residents. (Sunnex)

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