12:16 p.m. - Ombudsman suspends Mayor Binay
Ombudsman suspends Mayor Binay
and 22 other Makati City officials were also ordered on Wednesday to answer the graft complaint filed against them.
Last week, the Office of the Ombudsman-Special Panel of Investigators filed a complaint against Mayor Binay
father, Vice President Jejomar Binay (former mayor of Makati), and 22 others with malversation, falsification, violations of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act.
Mayor Binay who maintained his strong stand to oppose what he described as an oppressive move against his family for political reasons in time for the 2016 elections said that he is not giving up on his fight and maintained that he will not go down from his post.
battery of lawyers will exhaust all legal remedies as they already filed a petition for certiorari asking the Court of Appeals
(CA) to issue a temporary restraining order against the Ombudsman's suspension order.
said the CA must first rule on his
petition as he
argued that the order of the Ombudsman
placing him under preventive suspension is not final.
Lawyer Claro Certeza, head of legal team of Mayor Binay, said it is just proper that the implementing agencies who will serve the suspension against the mayor recognize the constitutional rights of his client and the Makati voters who elected Binay as their mayor.
Binay's sister, Senator Nancy Binay, said the suspension may be part of "Oplan Nognog", which reportedly aims to discredit the vice president ahead of his presidential run in 2016.
"Just like what I said before, we already heard reports that there is a plan, part of Oplan Nognog, is the suspension of my brother.
True enough, it is faster (than what we thought)," Binay
"Isn't it too obvious?
Because, just last week, the report was preliminary investigation and if you will see the history of the Ombudsman
, if that's their alliance, did you hear anything that they have been suspended too fast?
said the residents of Makati
would be most affected by her
however told the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee in August last year that it is a green and "world-class" building.