MANILA - The local government of Makati said the 12-storey building cited by the complainants in a plunder case against the Binays is not entirely for parking.
In a statement, Makati City Administrator Eleno Mendoza Jr. said the building also houses offices.
“We would like to clarify that the building being questioned is not merely a parking building. The parking areas are located in the basement and in the second up to sixth floors. The ground floor, seventh up to 10thfloors house various offices, including frontline service offices, while the 11th and 12th floors hold the storage facilities and some office spaces,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza said the ground floor currently houses the Business Permits Office and License Division, both frontline service offices catering to the needs of residents and the business community.
Meanwhile, vital offices on the upper floors include the Makati Action Center, Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council Office, Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, Information and Community Relations Department, Department of Environmental Services, Museum and Cultural Affairs Office, Tourism Office, Redemption Center of the Public Safety Department, and other offices.
The building, supposedly priced at P1.56 billion, is now the subject of a plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, and 20 others.
Lawyer Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso VI claimed the building is “the most expensive parking building in the entire country.”
Mendoza noted the building, completed in March 2013, has a landscaped roof deck, atrium at the seventh floor, LED lighting, and glass walls and panels that allow for sunlight to provide natural illumination to most areas during daytime.
It is considered a green building.
He also explained that the local government needs to ensure its strength and stability since it stands on “soft soil.” He said bored piles and steel sheet piling were used for the foundation.
It also has granite tile flooring, centralized airconditioning, two elevators, conference rooms and mini-function halls, and other modern amenities.
The younger Binay said the plunder case was clearly linked to the 2016 elections. He said it was filed just after Pulse Asia revealed his father topped a presidential survey.
He said they are ready to face the allegations.
“The truth and the facts are on our aside. We just hope that the concerned agencies of government will be fair and impartial,” he said.