Junjun Binay finally leaves Makati City Hall!

Source: Interaksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines —  Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. left City Hall Wednesday morning after failing to get the Court of Appeals to immediately issue a temporary restraining order against his preventive suspension by the Office of the Ombudsman, the second since March.

However, Binay stressed his stepping down was “temporary” pending the appellate court’s decision on his petition to stop his suspension over complaints of overpricing in the construction of the Makati Science High School building.

In March, Binay was also ordered suspended over the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 but managed to fend it off when the appellate court issued a TRO.

This time, the court’s 10th division ordered the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to file their comments to Binay’s petition within 10 days of receiving the order and for the mayor to file his reply five days after receiving the comments.

“Action on the application for TRO and/or writ of preliminary injunction is held in abeyance pending receipt of the parties’ pleading. Upon submission of the aforesaid pleadings or the expiration of the period for filing the same, the Petition will be deemed submitted for decision, unless the Court requires the parties to file their respective memoranda,” the resolution, dated June 30, Tuesday, said.

In his petition, Binay said the Ombudsman erred when it ruled that he should be held accountable for the alleged anomaly in the construction of the MSHS considering that three of the seven phases involved in the construction were made when he was not yet the mayor of Makati.

He said that as to the subsequent phases of the construction, he again invoked the so-called “Aguinaldo doctrine,” saying any administrative liability on his part was already removed when he was reelected as city mayor in 2013, beating by a wide margin lawyer Renato Bondal, who filed the complaint.

Binay also accused the Ombudsman of violating its own charter, which requires “strong evidence” to justify a preventive suspension.

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