Sandiganbayan releases hold departure order vs former VP Binay
admin • July 19, 2016 • 3261
File photo: Former vice president Jejomar Binay.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan 3rd Division Chairperson and Chief Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang released a hold departure order against former vice president Jejomar Binay, his son Junjun Binay and ten others effective today.
The hold departure order released in relation with the charges filed against the Binays particularly the violation of Section 3E of the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic act 3019, falsification of public documents and malversation.
“Hold departure order or hdo is issued to make effectiveness of the court’s exercise of its jurisdiction over the cases though this has nothing to do with the existence or non-existence of probable cause,” said Atty. Dennis Pulma, executive clerk of court.
The court clarifies that under the hold departure order of an accused, he or she can still travel outside the country if the court permits.
Binays were charged because of allegedly anomalous construction of Makati carpark building worth 2.2 billion pesos from 2007 to 2013.
Aside from Binays, other former employees and officials are also facing the same charges.
Meanwhile, the Binay camp believes their cases in the anti-graft court will be eventually dismissed.
MANILA, Philippines – Former Vice President Jejomar Binay will seek a Senate post in the 2022 elections under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), a party official said Tuesday.
“We welcome and are very grateful for the support extended to the former vice president by other political parties, and for him being invited to be part of their senatorial slate,” former Congressman JV Bautista, who serves as acting UNA secretary general, said in a statement.
Binay was earlier reported to be running for senator under the tandem of Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Tito Sotto III.
But according to Bautista, the UNA party is still in talks with other political groups. Binay is the current president of UNA.
“At the moment, nothing has been finalized yet and UNA is still in talks with other organizations/political groups and is in the process of adopting senatorial candidates from these parties who share UNA’s vision and platform of government,” Bautista said.
Binay is expected to file his certificate of candidacy for senator on Thursday, Oct. 7.
MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has cleared Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and six others of graft cases relating to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the pork barrel scam.
Revilla was accused of diverting his PDAF funds to bogus non-government organizations which involved the so-called Pork Barrel Queen, Janet Lim Napoles.
Based on the ruling of the Sandiganbayan First Division that was released on Monday (July 5), the court granted Revilla’s demurrer to evidence acquitting the Senator of 16 counts of graft on grounds of insufficiency of evidence.
“The bonds posted by accused Revilla are hereby ordered released, subject to the usual accounting and auditing procedures. The Hold Departure Order issued against them are also set aside and declared functus officio,” the ruling stated.
Also dismissed from the case are Mario Relampagos, Rosario Nunez, Lalaine Paule, Marilou Bare, Encarnita Christina Munsod, and Chita Jalandoni.
Meanwhile, the court did not grant Napoles on her demurrer to evidence, meaning the graft cases filed against her will continue to trial.
In a statement, Revilla said the dismissal is proof that the accusations filed against him have no basis.
“The Sandiganbayan, by granting our Demurrer to Evidence and dismissing all the charges against me, validates what we have known from the very beginning – that all the accusations against me have no basis and any leg to stand on,” he said.
“I am not, and never have been involved in graft and corruption. This is the reason why I did not run; I did not hide; and did not evade the judicial system. I put my trust and my life in our Courts. The truth has come out. Now, I can move forward to serving our nation and our people even further, free of this nuisance,” he added.
The Sandiganbayan also acquitted Revilla of plunder in relation to the pork barrel scam in December 2018. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has recommended filing charges against the former and incumbent mayor of municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte.
In a report, the NBI said they recommended to the Ombudsman the filing of graft charges against former mayor Flora Lagrina Villarosa, incumbent mayor Atty. Josecor Gepolongca and two municipal employees Ana Marco and Jennifer Pumicpic, who conspired with each other in committing illegal acts.
NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Director Eric B. Distor said the recommendation was arrived at after months of exhaustive investigation conducted by the NBI-Anti Graft Division (NBI-AGD).
He reported that the agency received an anonymous letter of request for investigation after Mayor Villarosa acquired numerous businesses, real estate properties, vehicles and money which were manifestly disproportionate to her salary.
A complaint was also received from Marco who alleged in her affidavit that she and former Mayor Villarosa used to be friends and because of this, she agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses.
“She agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses identified as Midway Gas Station and Midway Express located in Saiyan,” the NBI said.
The said businesses had a total transaction of 190 projects amounting to over P32 million with the Municipality of Saiyan during the term of the former mayor.
Meanwhile, incumbent mayor, Gepolongca issued two memoranda on February and July 2019 prohibiting all employees of the municipal government of Siayan from processing the request for public documents by various agencies including the NBI whom at that time was investigating the matter regarding the anomalous transactions of the municipality.
After collecting enough evidence, former mayor Villarosa was charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials”. Villarosa was also charged for perjury and falsification of public documents.
The two employees, Marco and Pumicpic were charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and falsification of public documents.
Likewise, incumbent mayor Atty. Gepolongca was recommended to be charged for obstruction of justice. AAC
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