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VP Binay, mayor-son, 20 others face plunder raps

VP Binay, mayor-son, 20 others face plunder raps Photo by
QUEZON CITY - A former political opponent has filed plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr., in connection with the alleged overpricing of a construction of a parking building in 2007.
In a nine-page affidavit filed with the Office of the Ombudsman, lawyer Renato Bondal, who was the younger Binay's opponent in the 2013 elections, and Nicolas "Ching" Enciso VI, a former candidate in Makati, accused the two Binays and 21 other respondents of allegedly overpricing the construction of the New Makati City Parking Building along F. Zobel St. in Barangay Poblacion.
The complainants said at least P1.56 billion was paid for the construction of the building but data from the National Statistics Office showed that it should have only cost P245 million "or an enormous overprice of more than P1.314 billion."
 Mayor Binay  said he and his father, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, will remain focused on their works as they will not be distracted by “fabricated complaints that are clearly connected to the 2016 elections.”
“The Vice President and myself will remain focused on our work. We will continue working to improve the lives of our people, especially the poor,” the mayor said in reaction to the filing of a plunder complaint before the Ombudsman by a group composed of personalities whom he described as “perennial contenders and serial losers in Makati elections.”
Binay said the filing was clearly linked to the 2016 presidential elections, saying it was done after Pulse Asia released the results of its latest presidential survey where Vice President Binay was ranked the top choice.
“The filing comes just after the results of a Pulse Asia survey showed my father as the leading choice for President, with 41 per cent. Clearly our opponents have become desperate to put my father down. Their intention is to malign him by raising baseless accusations like the ones raised in their so-called complaint,” he said.
The mayor also chided the complainants for not including in their complaint their political allies and partymates. He said this shows the political motives of the complainants.
“We would like to point out that those who filed the complaint did not include the names of their own political allies and partymates who were present at the City Council sessions when the ordinances they cited was approved. This alone exposes the political motives of the complainants who are perennial contenders and serial losers in Makati elections,” he said.
Binay said they are ready to face these complaints and all other allegations from their opponents.
“The truth and the facts are on our aside. We just hope that the concerned agencies of government will be fair and impartial,” he said.
"The respondents, particularly the Vice President Jejomar Binay and the son, incumbent Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay violated every rule in construction manuals and governmet procedures in pushing for a project that was grossly overpriced and funded by various loans which were then passed through the city council by respondent councilors irregularly through supplemental budgets for five years," the complainants said in the affidavit.
In 2007, Vice President Binay was the city mayor while his son, a city councilor. 
Aside from the two Binays, the other respondents are 2007 to 2013 city councilors  Ferdinand T. Eusebio, Arnold C. Magpantay, Romeo C. Medina, Tosca Puno-Ramos, Maria Alethea Casal-Uy, Ma. Concepcion Yabut, Virgilio Hilario, Monsour Del Rosario, Vince Sese, Nelson S. Pasia, Salvador Pangilinan, Elias Tolentino, Ruth Tolentino, Henry A. Jacome, Leo Magpantay, Nemesio "King" Yabut, Armand Padilla, Israel Cruzado, Ma. Theresa De Lara, Angelito Gatchalian, Ernesto Aspillaga, and Commission on Audit auditor to Makati City Cecilia Cag-Anan.
The 11-storey building, which has a roof deck and six floors of parking, has a total floor area of 31,928 square meters. 

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