Sandiganbayan grants ex-VP Binay permission to travel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 12) — The Sandiganbayan granted former Vice President Jejomar Binay's motion to travel to Israel.

This, even as Binay faces charges of corruption over the alleged overpricing in the construction of a ₱2-billion parking building in Makati City.

In a resolution released Thursday, the Sandiganbayan's Third Division gave Binay permission to leave the country on March 15 for a pilgrimage to Israel with his family.

It added he should return by May 29 and post a travel bond of ₱752,000 (US$15,040).

Binay refused to enter a plea when he appeared May 10 at the Sandiganbayan for his conditional arraignment.

The Sandiganbayan Third Division entered a plea of "not guilty" on his behalf.

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

The Sandiganbayan's Third, Fourth and Fifth Divisions also granted the motion to travel of his wife, former Makati Vice Mayor Elenita Binay.

Mrs. Binay faces separate graft and malversation charges over alleged anomalous procurements of office equipment during her term.

She is also facing charges before the Third Division on an alleged anomalous purchase for a city hospital.