- The Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against ex-VP Binay and son Junjun, the former Mayor of Makati City
- The anti-graft court ordered the Bureau of Immigration to prevent the Binays from leaving the country
- The Ombudsman filed several criminal charges against the Binays in connection with the anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall Building II
The Sandiganbayan Third Division issued a hold departure order (HDO) against former Vice President jejomar Binay and his son, former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.
GMA News Online noted that the HDO was issued by the anti-graft court last Friday, July 15, but was only made public on Tuesday, July 19. The order was signed by presiding justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang.
The court ordered the Bureau of Immigration to prevent the Binays from leaving the country as well as several former Makati City Hall employees who are their co-accused.
On July 14, the Office of the Ombudsman formally filed before the Sandiganbayan several criminal charges against the former vice president in connection with the anomalous construction of the 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. Binay Jr. continued the remaining phases of the building construction when took over his father’s position in 2010.
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. 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.
Binay’s lawyer, Atty. Daniel Subido said the HDO is a “necessary consequence of the mere filing of an information in the Sandiganbayan. It is applicable to all.”
“However, it has no bearing at all on the merits of the case. We are confident that these frivolous cases will be dismissed,” he added.