Ex-VP Binay charged in court over anomalous Makati City Hall Building II

• Former vice president Jejomar Binay was criminally charged before the Sandiganbayan
• The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft and falsification charges against Binay
• The charges filed were in connection with the anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall Building II

The Office of the Ombudsman through its prosecutorial arm, the Office of Special Prosecutor, has filed criminal charges against former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Binay was charged with violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Falsification of Public Documents as defined under Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and violation Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Thursday morning, July 14.

The criminal charges were in connection with the alleged grossly overpriced construction of the multi-billion Makati City Hall Building II. The former vice president was the incumbent mayor of Makati City during the first three of five construction phases of the controversial building.

The Ombudsman found probable cause to file the criminal charges against Binay in October of last year, but deferred the filing of cases due to his immunity from suit during that time.

As noted in the GMA News Online article by Elizabeth Marcelo, under the Constitution, impeachable officials such as the President, Vice President and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court cannot be charged in court while they are still holding the position.

Binay’s term as Vice President of the country ended last June 30.

As per Marcelo’s article, the former vice president is also facing investigation in connection with the overpriced construction of the College of Nursing Building in the University of Makati and the Makati Science High School, as well as the alleged illegal conversion of a public property in Barangay Comembo in Makati to a private property of one of the vice president’s alleged dummies.