Ex-VP Binay to seek re-investigation of graft, falsification charges

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2017 12:37 PM

MANILA - Former Vice President Jejomar Binay will seek a re-investigation on the charges the Ombudsman has ordered filed against him and his son, a spokesperson said Friday.

Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson, said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales disregarded due process and violated Binay's rights when she failed to ask Binay to answer the allegations against him over the construction of the Makati Science High School.

"In her haste to indict the former Vice President, the Ombudsman committed the unforgivable act of denying him his right to answer the allegations against him,” he said in a statement.

Salgado said the Ombudsman conducted a preliminary investigation against Binay during his term as vice president "despite a Constitutional prohibition."

Then after Binay's term ended, the Office of the Ombudsman still "did not bother to get his official reply to the allegations."

"This is a clear denial of due process and a violation of Constitutional rights. The Ombudsman cannot claim to speak for rights and due process when she herself observes them selectively," said Salgado.

"VP Binay will definitely ask for a reinvestigation," he added.

Binay and his son, dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr., were charged with graft on Thursday over alleged irregularities in the P1.3-billion school building project.

The father and son allegedly conspired to rig the procurement for the 10-story structure in Makati City, Morales said in a statement.

Salgado claimed the filing of charges prove that even after the Liberal Party, the ruling party in the previous administration, ended its reign, "the Ombudsman continues to pursue the game plan against former VP Binay contained in the yellow playbook."

Salgado stressed that the resolutions issued by the Ombudsman "did not find any evidence of alleged overpricing in the construction of Makati Science High School."

"The indictments merely found alleged violations in the bidding process. These allegations, however, have been answered extensively by former Mayor Junjun Binay but the Ombudsman chose to disregard them," he said.