Sandiganbayan issues hold departure order vs. Binay, son, others

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Binay's lawyer shrugged off the hold departure order, saying it has no direct bearing on the graft charges against the former vice president.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order (HDO) against former Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son ex-Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and several others accused of graft in the construction of the allegedly overpriced Makati Parking Building.

The order was issued by the anti-graft court’s Third Division last Friday but was made public only on Tuesday. It was signed by presiding justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang.

It ordered the Bureau of Immigration to prevent the Binays from leaving the country along with several former Makati City officials who are their co-accused. They include Marjorie De Veyra, Pio Kenneth Dasal, Lorenza Amores, Virginia Hernandez, Mario Badillo, Leonila Querijero, Raydes Pestaño, Nelia Barlis, and Cecilio Lim III, and Orlando Mateo from Mana Architecture and Interior Design, Co. (MANA).

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The Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the city officials colluded with project designer MANA and construction firm Hilmarc’s to ensure that contracts will be awarded to them. COA said no proper bidding was conducted.

It also said the construction of the ₱2.8 billion Makati Parking Building II showed irregularities from budgeting to the execution of the project, resulting in the misuse of public funds.

Binay's lawyer Daniel Subido shrugged off the order, saying it is “a necessary consequence of the mere filing of an information in the Sandiganbayan.”

He stressed that the HDO “has no bearing at all on the merits of the case.”

“We are confident that these frivolous cases will be dismissed,” Subido said in a statement Tuesday.

 

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