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Senate blue ribbon report vs Binay submitted before plenary

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED Subcommittee chairperson Koko Pimentel says a grand conspiracy was committed in the alleged overpricing of the Makati city hall parking building II

BEFORE THE PLENARY. Senator Koko Pimentel presents before the Senate plenary the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report recommending plunder charges to filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay and other Makati city hall officials.

Enrile: Too sick for detention, but fit to work?

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Supreme Court released the aging Senator Enrile on bail for humanitarian reasons but he manages to grill witnesses in two hearings last week

OUT ON BAIL. Does Senator Juan Ponce Enrile deserve to remain a free man after last week's Senate investigations? Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After Senate probe, Binay critic pushes witness protection review

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says whistleblowers face a number of risks including death threats and failure to financially support their families

STAR WITNESS. Former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado was a key witness during the Senate's investigation into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. File photo by Rappler

Enrile to Binay critic: Why are you citing second party info?

Jan 27, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senator Juan Ponce Enrile s participation in the hearing on corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay was pretty tame

QUESTIONING TESTIMONIES. Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile (right) sits beside Senator Koko Pimentel during the last Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing on Vice President Jejomar Binay. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

After Senate probe, Binay no longer ‘king-in-waiting’ – Trillanes

Jan 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

But the Vice President camp says the Senate probe ended the same way it began – with half truths rehashed lies and baseless allegations

JUGGERNAUT NO MORE? Senator Antonio Trillanes (right) says the yearlong Senate probe on the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay may have an effect on his presidential bid.

Trillanes: Binay lied in TV ad on Senate probe

Jan 26, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The Binay camp in return slams the members of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee for failing to read all documents submitted before them

BINAY LYING? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV throws a new allegation against Vice President Jejomar Binay on January 26. File photo from the Senate PRIB

'New witness' vs Binay as Senate resumes probe January 26

Jan 21, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the hearing will tackle a new issue that is very material to the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay

UNFAZED. What would the latest Senate investigation reveal about Vice President Jejomar Binay? His camp remains undeterred. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Binay camp on reopening Senate probe: Trillanes just wants publicity

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:59 PM

We pity Senator Trillanes says Joey Salgado a spokesperson for Vice President Jejomar Binay referring to the senator s low ratings in the vice presidential polls

MORE SENATE HEARINGS? The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay hits Senator Antonio Trillanes IV over the latter's proposal to resume the Senate inquiry into the corruption allegations against the Vice President.

Binays' Makati receives governance awards despite corruption charges

Dec 25, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Makati s programs that became controversial in 2015 had in fact been recognized in past years by government agencies including Mar Roxas DILG

WHAT'S NEW? Same faces and the same controversies define the year that was for Makati.

Alphaland execs file libel case vs whistle-blower Ernesto Mercado

Oct 14, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Roberto Ongpin and Mario Oreta of Alphaland jointly file a libel complaint against former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado for his allegedly malicious statements

LIBELOUS? Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado faces a new libel complaint from Alphaland executives. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Are Makati's cakes really 'overpriced'?

Oct 01, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Check the specifications and prices of cakes that two different suppliers have provided the Makati city government You decide which one is too expensive

MAKATI PERKS. Senior citizens receive a number of benefits from the Makati city government, including free cakes on their birthdays. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Binay files libel complaints vs Trillanes, Mercado

Sep 10, 2015 - 5:43 PM

Unscrupulous individuals have conspired to politically assassinate me by blatantly and publicly maligning my good name and reputation says the VP

NEW SUIT. Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) files libel cases against former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado (middle) and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right). File photos by Rappler

Critic files new plunder complaint vs VP Binay, Junjun Binay

Sep 02, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Lawyer Renato Bondal accuses the respondents of pocketting P500 million from the University of Makati College of Nursing

NEW COMPLAINT. Lawyer Renato Bondal files a new plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (right). File photos by Rappler

Critic files malversation complaint vs Binay siblings

Sep 01, 2015 - 5:21 PM

UPDATED Renato Bondal revives allegation he made months ago that Makati congresswoman Abby Binay and Mayor Junjun Binay released funds to fake NGOs

THE ACCUSED. New allegations are thrown against suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay (left) and Makati Representative Abby Binay (right). File photos by Rappler

Pimentel defends year-long Senate probe on Binay

Aug 21, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says a lot has happened and a lot has been achieved since the Senate started investigating the corruption allegations against the Vice President

FOR THE TRUTH. Sen Koko Pimentel justifies the year-long Senate probe against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay camp defends Makati program for senior citizens

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED Joey Salgado spokesperson for the Vice President calls Makati Action Center head Arthur Cruto s Senate testimony a demolition through PowerPoint

REBUTTAL. Joey Salgado slams Arthur Cruto's testimony, saying that Makati senior citizens receive benefits personally. File photos by Rappler

Binay campaigns, skips Senate hearing anew

Jul 07, 2015 - 2:18 PM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay meets with local leaders and residents in Pangasinan where he gives out wheelchairs to senior citizens – activities his camp believes are more important than the Senate probe

EMPTY CHAIR. Vice President Jejomar Binay skips anew the Senate hearing on corruption allegations against him and some family members on July 7, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Binay affidavit says no proof of overpricing

Jun 02, 2015 - 1:40 PM

In an affidavit he submitted to the Senate in November 2014 Vice President Binay presents 5 arguments to deny the Makati parking building was overpriced

BINAY'S DEFENSE. Vice President Binay releases the affidavit he submitted to the Senate to disprove allegations of overpricing. File photo by Jonathan Vicencio

Senate report: Study forfeiture of 'Hacienda Binay'

Jun 02, 2015 - 10:16 AM

The subcommittee believes that Vice President Binay owns the Kew gardens like Rosario Batangas property and wants it forfeited

'KEW GARDENS' IN BATANGAS. A screenshot  of a slide presented at the Senate probe.

Senate report: Binay 'milked' Makati building of P1.38B

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:08 AM

The subcommittee believes that there was a grand conspiracy to milk the construction of the Makati parking building for every peso it could yield

Senate panel backs plunder report vs Binay

Jun 01, 2015 - 5:50 PM

Ten senators – more than a majority of the Senate blue ribbon committee – have signed the report calling on the Ombudsman to file plunder charges against the Vice President and his son

MAJORITY. Ten senators sign the report of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee based on an investigation into alleged dealings of Vice President Jejomar Binay led by senators Koko Pimentel (left) and Alan Cayetano. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Face Senate, Binay urged amid plunder report

May 31, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says Vice President Jejomar Binay can appear in the Senate hearings even on the spot

NO SHOW. Vice President Jejomar Binay has shunned Senate hearings on corruption allegations against him, including this one on November 6, 2014. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Grace Poe confirms signing plunder report vs Binays

May 29, 2015 - 2:08 PM

I join my colleagues in seeking further investigation by the Ombudsman of the matter and the consequent filing of the appropriate criminal complaint which in this instance appears to be plunder the senator says

PLUNDER REPORT. Senator Grace Poe and 3 other senators, so far, have signed the Senate plunder report against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Antonio Tiu: AMLC clueless or 'being used'

May 19, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Either they don’t know what they’re doing or they’re being used to politically harass me says the businessman on the probe which prompted a court to freeze around 30 bank accounts linked to his name

Joker: Embattled Junjun Binay like Ninoy Aquino

Jan 29, 2015 - 6:03 PM

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee s probe into alleged corruption by the Binay family is like an inquisition harking back to Martial Law times says former Senator Rene Saguisag

OBSERVERS. Former senators Joker Arroyo (lef) and Rene Saguisag criticize the lack of due process in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee's probe into Makati contracts. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino

‘Bruised’ Binay free after Senate ‘drama’

Jan 29, 2015 - 4:55 PM

The basis for his contempt was the non appearance and this was remedied when he was brought to the session hall Senator Trillanes explains why the Makati mayor was released almost immediately after his arrest

BRUISED. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr shows the bruise he sustained during the commotion at the Senate January 29, when he was forced to face the blue ribbon subcommittee. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino

Boy Scouts: No truth to kickback claims vs Binay

Jan 23, 2015 - 3:20 PM

In a statement released through the Office of the Vice President the BSP says ‘it believes that all these are tainted with politics and the BSP will not allow politics to destroy it’

NO KICKBACKS. The Boy Scouts of the Philippines denies claims its National President Vice President Jejomar Binay earned from a land deal with Alphaland. OVP file photo

Binay ‘dummy’ for Makati condo surfaces

Jan 22, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Engineer Ariel Olivar tells a Senate panel that Vice President Jejomar Binay is the real owner of a condominium unit at the Peak Tower in Makati City

'BINAY DUMMY.' Engineer Ariel Olivar appears before a Senate panel probing allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay on January 22, 2015.

Did Binay use Boy Scout funds for 2010 bid?

Jan 22, 2015 - 8:37 AM

After a hiatus Vice President Jejomar Binay s demons continue to haunt him He is accused of getting close to P200 million in 2010 from a deal between Alphaland and BSP of which he is national president

Beyond Makati: Senate's Binay probe resumes

Jan 22, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Will January 22 be the start of another annus horribilis horrible year for Vice President Jejomar Binay?

3-MAN PROBE.Senators Antonio Trillanes IV (seated, left), Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (standing, middle) and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (seated, right) lead the Senate probe into corruption allegations against Binay. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Cite Mayor Binay, 6 others in contempt – Pimentel

Jan 20, 2015 - 5:42 PM

UPDATED Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay Jr’s reasons for skipping the hearings of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee are ‘unacceptable’

'PREJUDGED.' Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay says he won't attend any of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee's hearings as he questions its jurisdiction. Photo by Jose Del/RapplerCONTEMPT? Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin ‘Junjun’ Binay at the Senate inquiry on the alleged overpriced Makati City building on August 20, 2014. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Remulla out, Corona lawyer in as Binay spokesman

Jan 06, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Lawyer Rico Quicho who was once part of impeached chief justice Renato Corona s defense team is now Vice President Jejomar Binay s spokesman for political concerns

VP'S MAN. Lawyer Rico Quicho is the newest addition to Vice President Jejomar Binay's team of spokesmen. Rappler photo

Senate probe delays? Binay camp’s fault – Cayetano

Dec 24, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano says at least 3 or 4 hearings are needed to tackle two heavy issues and revisit unresolved ones

EMPTY CHAIR. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano takes a picture of a seat reserved for Vice President Jejomar Binay during the Senate Blue Ribbon committee’s November 6, 2014 hearing. Binay was a no-show. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay’s fate lies with the Ombudsman

Dec 20, 2014 - 10:45 AM

How Conchita Carpio Morales acts will test whether the vice president is immune from suit

BIR files tax evasion raps vs Makati cake supplier

Dec 18, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Kim Tun Chong who owns Cups and Mugs Kitchenette allegedly owes the government over P46 6 million in taxes

LUXURY CAKES? Renato Bondal (left) brings out cakes to accuse the Binays of overpricing cakes for senior citizens supposedly worth more than commercial cakes. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Trillanes for president? He can dream – Binay

Nov 27, 2014 - 4:54 PM

It s not wrong to dream It s a legitimate dream says the Vice President of reports that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is planning a presidential run

SEC tells Antonio Tiu to explain 'incomplete disclosures'

Nov 20, 2014 - 11:07 AM

The businessman tagged as a dummy of Vice President Jejomar Binay says he has not received a copy of the SEC report but he wants to clarify matters as soon as possible

MORE TROUBLE? The Securities and Exchange Commission asks businessman Antonio Tiu to explain the 'incomplete disclosures' of some of his companies. Rappler file photo

'Binay owns 6 condo units in Makati'

Nov 18, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says Vice President Jejomar Binay s alleged ownership of units in several Makati condominiums is an open secret in Makati

'OPEN SECRET.' Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says rumors of Binay owning units in Makati condominium buildings are true. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

COA chief: ‘Red flags’ in Makati Science HS too

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido Tan also clarifies that contrary to the claim of the Binay camp her agency has not cleared the building

RED FLAGS. Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan responds to queries of senators at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on alleged overpriced Makati City buildings on November 18, 2014. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay apologizes to KBP for backing out of debate

Nov 13, 2014 - 4:58 PM

The Vice President offers an apology to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas KBP for withdrawing from a debate that he himself proposed

'I'M SORRY.' Vice President Jejomar Binay aplogizes to the KBP for backing out of a debate he himself proposed. Rappler file photo

Why VP Binay proposed, then backed out of Trillanes debate

Nov 12, 2014 - 6:08 PM

Despite the criticism from Binay s detractors other politicians and Netizens Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla insists the Vice President is not hiding from the truth

DEBATE OFF. Vice President Jejomar Binay announces he’s backing out of the same debate he proposed against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in an interview with media on Tuesday, November 11. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Remulla: Trillanes is the 'Yolanda' of senators

Nov 12, 2014 - 2:03 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s spokesman says people are tired of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee s partiality in probing allegations of corruption against Binay

‘DESTROYER?’ Senator Antonio Trillanes during the subcommittee’s ocular of a Rosario, Batangas property dubbed ‘Hacienda Binay.’ File photo by Rappler

VP Binay backs out of debate with Trillanes

Nov 11, 2014 - 9:56 AM

3rd UPDATE Ayoko na I don’t want to do it anymore Binay told reporters in an interview over two weeks before his scheduled debate with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

OUT. Vice President Jejomar is backing out of the debate with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. He made the announcement at the Navy headquarters on November 11, 2014. Franz Lopez/Rappler

Aquino relayed to Drilon Binay's request to stop probe

Nov 10, 2014 - 5:13 PM

The Senate President says the phone call made by President Aquino was neither to give an order or ask a favor but a plain and simple passing on of information

NO SHOW: Vice President Jejomar Binay snubbed invitation of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

‘Makati Science HS building also overpriced, chop-chop’

Nov 06, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Whistleblowers point to another alleged overpriced building project in Makati City

Trillanes to Binay: Prepare for 6-hour grilling

Nov 05, 2014 - 4:02 PM

If Binay skips the Nov 6 hearing the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee will resume its probe and reveal new information on the corruption allegations the senator says

READY FOR BINAY: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Vice President Jejomar Binay should prepare for at least 6 hours of grilling. Rappler photo

Binay camp thumbs down Trillanes' Nov 22 deadline

Nov 04, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Senator Trillanes thinks that like in the Senate he can bully Vice President Jejomar C Binay and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas KBP says a vice presidential spokesperson in response to the deadline

CHICKENING OUT? The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay believes Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will back out of the debate with the Vice President. Rappler file photo

Caught on Instagram? VP daughter's 'Hacienda Binay' photos

Oct 30, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano shows screenshots of posts from the Instagram account of Joanna Marie Binay the Vice President s youngest daughter to prove they own Hacienda Binay

‘OUR PROPERTY.’ Senator Alan Peter Cayetano shows photos from Joanna Marie Binay’s Instagram account. Photo by Rappler.com

Antonio Tiu submits 'proof' of 'Hacienda Binay' ownership

Oct 30, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Senators leading the probe into the alleged overpriced Makati building criticize the businessman for presenting a document that was not notarized

MAKATI PROBE. Businessman Antonio Tiu responds to questions at the Senate probe on the alleged overpriced Makati building on October 30, 2014. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler