MANILA - Makati Mayor Junjun Binay on Wednesday said he will temporarily leave Makati City Hall while waiting for the Court of Appeals' decision on his petition to stop the Ombudsman's second suspension order against him.
In a speech before his supporters, Binay said he filed a petition before the Court of Appeals to get a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction against the implementation of the Ombudsman order. However, the CA 10th Division has yet to rule on his petition.
"Ako po ay kahit labag sa aking puso, ako ay pansamantalang lilisan sa ating city hall," he said as supporters cheered him on.
The mayor said he wants to prevent further violence in Makati.
He said he will show the public that he follows the law even though the CA had yet to rule on his petition.
"Hindi pa po tapos ang ating laban. Hinding-hindi ko po kayo iiwan," he said.
He then hugged his father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, tightly after his speech.
Binay's action came just a day after his supporters attacked policemen who were protecting Department of the Interior and Local Government personnel intent on serving the suspension order.
On Monday, the Vice-President also confronted police officers who prevented people from entering Makati City Hall.
The Ombudsman earlier issued a six-month preventive suspension against the younger Binay in connection with the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II. The appellate court, however, issued a TRO stopping the implementation of the Ombudsman order in favor of Binay.
Last Monday, the Ombudsman issued a second suspension order against the mayor, this time in connection with alleged irregularity in the bidding of the Makati Science High School project.
The mayor has accused the Aquino administration of harassment in an effort to derail his father's presidential bid.