No excuses: Senators reject Binay son's challenge

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2014 02:29 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2014 11:47 PM

MANILA - Senators on Thursday rejected the jurisdictional challenges of Makati Major Erwin "Junjun" Binay and another person that questioned the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee's authority to summon them to the inquiry on the Makati City Hall building 2.

Sen. Koko Pimentel said that under the Senate rules, the committee on public accountability has jurisdiction on all matters relating to "malfeasance, misfeasance and non-feasance in office of all public officers and employees of government, its branches, agencies, sub-divisions and instrumentalities."

"It is the opinion of the members of the sub-committee that the subject matter...clearly falls under the jurisdiction of the Blue Ribbon Committee," he said.

He said the next hearing of the Senate hearing will be on October 2, 10 a.m.

"We will accept no excuses. Let the subpoenas be re-issued for Ms. Ebeng Baloloy, Mayor Junjun Binay, Mr. Gerry Limlingan and all the others," he said.

The sub-committee is currently investigating the alleged overpricing of the P2.2 billion Makati City Hall building 2.

Mayor Binay earlier said he has sent a letter to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee challenging the jurisdictional authority of the panel to summon him to the hearing.

"Aking hinahamon ang hurisdiksyon ng sub-committee at Blue Ribbon. Naaayon po ito sa patakaran ng Senado at sa aking karapatan bilang isang mamamayan. Hanggang maresolba ang isyu na ito, karapatan ko po na pansamantalang hindi dumalo sa pagdinig sa Senado," he said.

"Bilang mayor ng Makati, marami pa akong tungkulin na dapat kong gampanan. Magtatrabaho po ako dahil yan ang inaasahan sa akin," he added.

The Makati mayor accused senators conducting the hearing of having prejudged him and his family. He said the inquiry has already strayed from the investigation on the Makati City Hall building 2 and is now looking into other issues such as the cakes for senior citizens and the entire budget of Makati City.

Binay said he was maligned and disrespected by the senators when he appeared before the Senate inquiry last month.