Senate probe on Binays: 'Plunder through grand conspiracy'


Posted at Feb 02 2016 02:20 AM

MANILA - Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has sent to the Senate plenary the Blue Ribbon subcommittee report on the probe against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who are accused of corruption.

Pimentel, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee, led the conduct of investigation on the alleged involvement of the Binays on the overpriced Makati City Hall building.

The subcommittee, in its partial report, said that there was "plunder through grand conspiracy" in the overpricing of the structure by at least P1,124,137,306.7 to as high as P1,389,069,379.14.

The probe also went on to cover other allegations of corruption against the vice-president, who also served as mayor of Makati City.

The subpanel tackled other allegedly overpriced structures in Makati such as the main Makati City Hall, the University of Makati Nursing Building, the Makati Science High School Building, and the Makati Friendship Suites.

It also questioned the alleged overpricing of supplies for the Ospital ng Makati, the developmental loans allegedly given to Binay's favored parties by the Pag-IBIG Fund, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines–Alphaland joint venture, and the UMak–STI joint venture.

Also revealed during the public hearings was Binay's alleged use of a dummy to to acquire an 8,877-square meter land within the Fort Bonifacio military reservation area.

The Senate hearing also scrutinized benefits being given to Makati City's alleged ''ghost'' senior citizens, Makati City's sister cities program, and the so-called "Hacienda Binay."

(READ: After 25 hearings, Senate subpanel wraps up probe vs Binay

Along with the conclusion that plunder was committed, Pimentel also recommended certain actions to make government procurement processes more transparent.

However, Binay's spokesman Joey Salgado said the subcommittee's report was not new.

"If you check your files last year that was the same report released to media," he said in a text message. - with a report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News