Ex-VP Binay refuses to enter plea in Makati carpark graft case

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Former vice president Jejomar Binay faced a number of corruption allegations, mostly over a multi-level parking building in Makati.

(CNN Philippines, May 10) — Former Vice President Jejomar Binay refused to enter a plea in corruption charges involving the construction of a parking building in Makati City.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division entered a "not guilty" plea for him.

Binay underwent a conditional arraignment as a requirement for the anti-graft court to rule on his motion to travel.

An accused must be conditionally arraigned before a court could rule on his motion, to have jurisdiction over the accused. The court may allow him to travel regardless of plea.

The former vice president is asking court permission to travel abroad to attend a "spiritually charged" pilgrimage in Israel from May 15 to May 29.

He faced the court exactly a year after he lost the presidential election. He refused to answer questions from the media.

The court submitted Binay's motion for resolution.

Binay is facing graft and malversation charges over the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati Parking Building II.