MORALES PLAYING POLITICS
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay has accused the Ombudsman of allowing itself to be a ‘political tool’ of the administration with its recent resolutions affirming its earlier resolution finding probable cause to file criminal charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
“So what else is new? We have always expected these resolutions from a biased and partial Ombudsman,” said Binay media affairs head Joey Salgado.
“Simply put, the move of the Ombudsman fits into the orchestrated effort of Mar Roxas, the LP and its allies including Roxas’ mouthpieces masquerading as Palace spokesmen, to attack the Vice President,” said Salgado.
Roxas is the standard bearer of the LP (Liberal Party) headed by President Benigno Aquino.
Binay is the presidential candidate of the opposition United Nationalists Alliance (UNA).
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on February 5 in joint resolutions denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the younger Binay and other respondents against an earlier ruling by the Ombudsman finding probable cause to file criminal charges against the Binays and 22 others over the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.
Salgado sees politics in the timing of the Ombudsman resolutions.
He said the resolutions were released just a few days before the February 9 start of the campaign period for national positions.
He recalled that the resolution finding probable cause against the Binays was released by the Ombudsman on the same day that the Vice President filed his certificate of candidacy for president.
“Alam naman ng Ombudsman na hindi pwedeng kasuhan si Vice President, pero itinuloy pa rin nila. Ang agenda ay ipagpatuloy ang mga kasinungalingan at paninira kay Vice President na sinimulan sa Senado at inabot ng mahigit isang taon at 25 hearings,” he said.
The Ombudsman case against the Binays and other respondents stemmed from the investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee which probed alleged anomalies in Makati City. Vice President Binay is former mayor of the country’s financial capital before winning the vice presidency in the 2010 election.
Binay had refused to attend the Senate hearings that he described as ‘demolition by perception’ aimed to derail his presidential bid.
“We have never expected fairness and impartiality from the Ombudsman. We look forward to disproving all their allegations in an impartial court,” Salgado added.
Earlier reports said the administration was bent on sending Binay to jail before the May 9 election.
Binay is a top contender to the presidency and has led surveys for presidential preference. Roxas, on the other hand, has been faring badly in the pre-poll surveys.
Morales had earlier admitted that in the event that Binay wins the 2016 presidential election, the filing of charges would have to wait six years.
“As president, of course he has immunity,” said Morales.
Subject to finding probable cause, “it is only after he finishes his term, that we can file a case against him,” Morales said.