Court issues hold departure order vs ex-VP Binay, 11 others
MANILA, Philippines – Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against former vice president Jejomar Binay and his son, former Makati City mayor Junjun Binay, as well as 10 others.
The Sandiganbayan Third Division released a copy of the order to media on Tuesday, July 19.
The hold departure order – which directs the Bureau of Immigration to prevent the 12 from leaving the country – stems from criminal charges filed by the Ombudsman against the Binays in connection with the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.
The former vice president faces charges of graft, falsification of documents, and violation of the Government Procurement Act. He was Makati mayor during the first 3 of 5 phases of the P2.28-billion building.
His son Junjun was charged with two counts of graft and one count of malversation. Junjun had been dismissed from office in October 2015 because of the allegedly anomalous construction of the city hall building.
Last week, the elder Binay posted bail of P376,000, with his lawyer adding that the former vice president was "eager" to prove his innocence in court.
The hold departure order also included others linked to the anomaly, most of them former Makati City officials – Marjorie de Veyra, Pio Kenneth Dasal, Lorenza Amores, Virginia Hernandez, Mario Badillo, Leonila Querijero, Raydes Pestaño, Nelia Barlis, Cecilio Lim III, and Orlando Mateo. – Rappler.com