Court allows Junjun Binay to travel to US

MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has allowed former Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr to travel to the United States to accompany his daughter to her medical appointment.

In its resolution, the Sandiganbayan's Third Division granted Binay's request to travel to Los Angeles for his daughter's appointment  with immunologist Ricardo Tan on August 19 and 20.

The court granted Binay's motion for permission to travel abroad subject to several conditions: a P608,000-travel bond, not leaving earlier than August 15, and return by August 24.

Binay's US visit is restricted to LA.

Within 5 days of his return to the country, Binay should personally present himself to the concerned Sandiganbayan division, along with his passport and photocopies of the pages stamped with his departure and return dates.

Binay must also present proof that his daughter underwent medical examination in the US.

The court warned the former mayor that any material misrepresentation made in his motion for permission to travel abroad will be treated as contempt of court.

The same Sandiganbayan division had earlier issued a hold departure order against the former mayor, former vice president Jejomar Binay, and 10 others, stemming from criminal charges filed by the Ombudsman against the Binays over the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

The younger Binay was charged with two counts of graft and one count of malversation. He was dismissed from office in October 2015 because of the controversial city hall building. –