CA upholds ban vs Junjun Binay holding office

Rambo Talabong
The Court of Appeals denies Junjun Binay's motion for reconsideration against the verdict which found him guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service

DISQUALIFIED. The Court of Appeals upholds its earlier decision finding Junjun Binay guilty of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the motion for reconsideration of former Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr in his request for the court to change its decision that banned him from holding public office.

“Separate Motions for Reconsideration of the Consolidated Decision promulgated on 28 May 2019…are denied for lack of merit,” states the CA former Eighth Division in a 12-page decision penned by Associate Justice Ronaldo Martin and shared to reporters on Monday, January 6.

What decision? Binay sought to overturn the CA’s decision to convict him of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service, which came with the penalty of barring him from holding office ever again.

The case stemmed from the allegation that Binay rigged the bidding process by publishing limited information on the bidding when he was mayor, which led to favoring a service contractor, Hilmarc, in the controversial P1.3-billion Makati Science High School building project. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.