Joey Salgado, the Binay Camp spokesperson accuses Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III, of taking a page from the Liberal Party’s playbook. This refers to her decision to press charges against the former vice president and his son, Junjun Binay.
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[VIDEO]: VICE President Jejomar Binay said he was hurt and sad about the graft charges he is set to face over the allegedly overpriced Makati car park building.
Game Plan Pursued
Salgado reiterates; “This only proves our point. Even after the Liberal Party ends its reign, the Ombudsman continues to pursue the game plan against Binay. It is a kind of episode in the yellow playbook,” he said in a statement. Aquino turned his wrath into Binay when the latter refused to help the ex-President to block Bongbong Marcos for the VP post. Instead, Binay urged him to allow a clean election to happen but to no avail.
Salgado said Morales denied the former vice president his right to answer the charges against him and his son. Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. was dismissed from the mayoralty. However, Makati residents installed his sister, Abby Binay as Makati Mayor during the 2016 elections. Salgado added that; In her haste to indict the former Vice President, the Ombudsman committed the act of denying him his right to answer the allegations against him.
Indictment is Ultimate Proof
The Binays’ indictment by the Ombudsman is the ultimate proof that the Liberal Party influence still exists despite not being in the most powerful spot anymore. This can be seen in the Congress with Gov. Imee Marcos’ case and is under close watch at the Supreme Court with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo.
Now, citizen Jejomar Binay condemned the political persecution over his “hasty indictment” on graft and falsification charges. This is in connection with the alleged rigging of the P1.3-billion Makati Science High School. The overpriced Makati car park building is a separate thing that also falls in the same tune.
Former vice president Jejomar Binay Sr. and his son, “JunJun” are not surprised when Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, an Aquino appointee filed criminal charges of graft and falsification of public documents charges against them. This is for the allegedly anomalous procurement in the construction of the P1.3-billion Makati Science High School Building.
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Cases Filed by the Ombudsman
Morales confirmed her order to file criminal charges against the Binays for allegedly conspiring to rig the procurement of the 10-storey science high school building on Kalayaan Avenue in Makati. The younger Binay was ordered charged with four counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the anti-graft law, and three counts of Falsification.
Witch Hunt against the Binays
Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado said the Binays’ indictment came as no surprise. He accused the Ombudsman of launching a “witch hunt against them. This is just to continue the election campaign of the Ombudsman as a “tool” of the Liberal Party. She just intends to politically persecute the enemies of her party including the current President. It is noted that Morales and Du30 are now having a war of words.
Prior to the 2016 election, there was a confusion why Senator Gringo Honasan chose to run as Vice President with Binay as his Presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Honasan’s ally Senator Juan Ponce Enrile endorsed Bongbong Marcos as VP. It even got more complicated when the Binay-Honasan tandem promoted Marcos despite Honasan’s running for the same position. Now, it is evident that their common goal is to support the return of Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake.
Bongbong Marcos’ Evidence in the Electoral Protest
Relevant evidence gathered by the Marcos camp to support his electoral protest against Leni Robredo was from the Binay Camp through its initiator Pastor Boy Saycon. It is remembered that Saycon accompanied whistle blowers of the alleged digital fiasco of Smartmatic that implicates the Comelec into its connivance with the alleged election fraud in a Senate hearing.
Most of Former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s cases are political in nature if not all. This is probably the reason why his former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado sometimes wakes up crying during the Blue Ribbon Committee hearings. Binay declares that he has found wisdom from the Bible and learned to forgive.
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[VIDEO]: Nagkaayos na sina dating Vice President Jejomar Binay at ang dati niyang vice mayor sa Makati na si Ernesto Mercado. Matatandaang ilang ulit tumestigo sa Senado si Mercado laban sa pamilya Binay. Ikinuwento naman ni Binay ang tungkol sa gumagabay sa kaniya para magpatawad at humingi ng patawad sa mga naging kaaway.
Binay admits that after losing from the presidency, he took the time off in knowing the creator more from the Bible. He also went with his family to a pilgrimage in Israel. He has learned to forgive and made an effort to call Mercado first. They met in a restaurant and hugged like old friends do.
No more Politics
Both swear not to get involved in politics anymore. Mercado even promised that no other family members would pursue that field. Binay, however, still has a mayor and a senator in the family. He also supports the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo. But personally, he would rather continue his Bible studies now that he has found peace.
Binay still has pending cases for the Makati Building 2 anomaly. His wife also faces some charges in the Makati Hospital furniture accusation. It can be possible that Mercado will be called to shed light to such allegations. With the rate it is going, it looks like the ex-Makati Vice Mayor is already happy with the renewed friendship. He would not want to ruin it again especially now that there’s no more reason to discredit Binay.
Can the People Forgive?
Some Binay supporters are aghast with the new development between the two ex-politicians. It hurts them to think that they are robbed by the possibility to have a compassionate and effective President. All it takes to heal is a “sorry.” In time, they can forgive Mercado as well.
Many voters asked Binay supporters – why Binay? It all boils down to the good heart. That’s how the family is known in their own community. No one can contest that despite the black media propaganda against them they remain compassionate. The Binays share the same forgiving heart as the Marcoses.
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[VIDEO]: A little over a year ago, a warm exchange between Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Grace Poe, and Nancy Binay was unimaginable. But on Wednesday, May 17, ahead of Cayetano’s final speech as senator, it happened.Senator Binay approached Cayetano and wished him luck on his new stint as foreign affairs secretary.
Nancy Binay’s Forgiving Heart
Senator Nancy Binay approaches Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to wish him luck on his new stint as foreign affairs secretary. It might be awkward given what Cayetano did to her father, the former Vice President Jejomar Binay accusing him of corruption using the Senate blue ribbon televised hearings. This really ruined his chances to become president and removed him from the top spot of presidentiables.
Senator Panfilo Lacson teases Binay saying that her Goodluck message is so contrived. This created the playful atmosphere in the Senate where jokes and sarcasm are not any more serious issues unlike during the 2016 elections.
Referring to his instant confirmation, Cayetano said that it must be because of two things: either they honestly want him to be in the DFA or they just want him out of the Senate quickly. That catches the attention of Grace Poe.
Senator Grace Poe’s Joke
Upon hearing Cayetano’s response, Senator Poe eagerly said: Good that you’re naturally aware. I don’t have anything to do with that, she said. Then added that with all that they have been through, it is just proper to move on and leave all the pains behind.
Bongbong Marcos is sure that his election protest against Leni Robredo can proceed even if he takes an appointed position in the Du30 administration. He cites the case of Mar Roxas against former Vice President Jejomar Binay. Certainly, this is not exclusive to LP members only, he added.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos is confident that he can take up a cabinet post without sacrificing his electoral protest against Robredo.
Atty. George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer said after the preliminary conference was set that it is important that the case was not dismissed. This will proceed. We won the first battle,” said Atty. Garcia. He also added that the protest will proceed even if Marcos accepts a position in Du30’s Cabinet.
Atty. Garcia explains that there were instances in the past of Protestants running for other positions. He cites the case of the late Sen. Miriam Santiago who filed a protest against former President Fidel Ramos after losing in the presidential elections. She then ran for the Senate and assumed office when she won. Disinterest to pursue the case was shown here.
The Supreme Court rules that in Santiago’s case, it is an abandonment of her election protest. But it is a different case for Marcos because he goes only for a Cabinet post which is appointive, not elective. Therefore, that doesn’t signify that he is abandoning his protest,” Garcia confirmed.
Marcos’ lawyer stresses that it would be better if the case is resolved at the soonest possible time to stop doubts on the legitimacy of Robledo’s status. It is better if the Marcos camp is allowed to present their evidence and prove their case. That can happen in the absence of Robredo camp’s dilatory tactics. Other considerations for Marcos is the upcoming Senatorial elections in 2019 and the Presidential elections in 2022.