Binay: Ombudsman, DILG ‘defy’ rule of law

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Friday, March 20, 2015

CEBU. Vice President Jejomar Binay attends the 5th national Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) convention at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, on March 20, 2015. (Daryl D. Anunciado/Sunnex)

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted on Friday the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for ignoring the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) on the six-month suspension of his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

The Vice President said the two government agencies should recognize the TRO and should file a motion for clarification before the CA.

The DILG served on Monday the suspension order to Mayor Binay, but two hours later, the CA issued the TRO against the mayor's suspension.

"Maliwanag pa sa araw (it is very clear)" that the Ombudsman and the DILG defied the rule of law, said the Vice President.

In his speech during the 5th national Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) convention at the Waterfront Hotel, Binay said the rule of law should be upheld.

"I am, indeed, thankful that all lawyers of note and legal experts, including our IBP president, have struck a blow for the rule of law by asserting the primacy of the temporary restraining order over the unilateral interpretations of the two executive departments and the Ombudsman," he said.

Binay said "justice can never prevail nor the stability of the social order preserved" without observing the rule of law.

"The rule of law provides predictability in the outcome of conflicts arising from transactions in commerce and industry. That is why upholding the rule of law is actually a pre-requisite to progress," said the Vice President.

Binay and his son are facing corruption allegations before the Ombudsman over alleged overpricing in the construction of the 11-storey Makati City Hall Building 2.

The construction took six years from 2007 and the building was alleged to be overpriced because it should have only cost P700 million and not P2.7 billion.

But Binay told the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee in August last year that it is a green and "world-class" building that can withstand earthquakes.

The Binays repeatedly denied allegations that they amassed unexplained wealth from kickbacks in some projects in Makati, where the Vice President was mayor for two decades before his son succeeded him in 2010.

Binay said the issue his son is facing right now somehow affected their family.

"Naapektuhan kami. Tao lang naman kami (We are affected. We're just humans)" Binay said. "Nakakalungkot na ang rule of law ay isinasantabi." (Sunnex)

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