Ombudsman recommends graft charges vs Binay over Boy Scouts-Alphaland deal


Posted at Jun 13 2018 05:34 PM

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay. ABS-CBN News File Photo

MANILA- The Office of the Ombudsman's field investigation office has recommended the filing of graft charges against former Vice President Jejomar Binay over the allegedly anomalous land deal between Alphaland and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP).

This, after the fact-finding team completed its investigation into the anomalous BSP-Alphaland venture for the development of a one-hectare property at Malugay corner Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

Also recommended to be charged are Alphaland Makati Place, Inc. (AMPI) President Mario Oreta, officials of the BSP, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The fact-finding team said Binay should be investigated for violations of the anti-graft law as former president of the BSP along with BSP Senior Vice President Wendel Avisado, and other officials.

The investigation showed that in June 2011, the BSP national executive board allowed the sale of a 10,000-square meter BSP property to Alphaland for the price of P600 million.

The sale, according to the anti-graft body, was undervalued since the land should be worth more than P10 billion based on the Omnibus Loan and Security Agreement between the BSP and Alphaland.

Binay's camp meanwhile alleged that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales had an axe to grind with the former vice president.

"Clearly, the Ombudsman intends to spend her last days in office pursuing her personal and political agenda against former VP Binay while being a true-blue Yellow protector to the end. It’s selective justice, pure and simple," Joey Salgado, spokesperson of Binay, said in a statement Wednesday.

An administrative complaint for Gross Neglect of Duty was also recommended to be filed against Binay and other officials.

- report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News