MANILA - Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the plunder complaint filed against him and his father and several Makati officials is clearly connected to the 2016 elections.
In a statement, the younger Binay said the filing comes immediately after the results of a Pulse Asia survey that showed his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, leading the presidential race.
“The filing comes just after the results of a Pulse Asia survey showed my father as the leading choice for President, with 41 per cent. Clearly our opponents have become desperate to put my father down. Their intention is to malign him by raising baseless accusations like the ones raised in their so-called complaint,” he said.
He said they had expected the plunder complaint, having revealed the supposed plan to file one more than a month ago.
Last June 16, the younger Binay held a press conference where he exposed a plan by their political opponents in Makati to file complaints before the Ombudsman against the Vice President, several former and current city officials, and himself.
“We said it will be about the Parking Building. We were correct. We said it will allege overpricing based on spurious grounds. We were correct. We said it will be filed by local opponents with a reputation for running and losing in all Makati elections. We were correct,” he said.
The complaint filed by Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso VI accuses the Binays and 20 others of violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in relation to RA 7080 or the Anti-Plunder Law for the allegedly overpriced P1.314 billion Makati City Parking Building.
Binay noted the complainants did not even name their own political allies in the Liberal Party supposedly involved in the deal.
“We would like to point out that those who filed the complaint did not include the names of their own political allies and partymates who were present at the City Council sessions when the ordinances they cited was approved. This alone exposes the political motives of the complainants who are perennial contenders and serial losers in Makati elections,” he said.
He said the complainants include “perennial contenders and serial losers in Makati elections.”
Despite all these, he said he and his father will remain focused on their work.
“We will continue working to improve the lives of our people, especially the poor,” he said.