November 15, 2018
Junjun Binay
Junjun Binay

FORMER Makati Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. is among the local officials barred by the Department of Interior and Local Goverment (DILG) from again running for office.

In a memorandum submitted to DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano dated October 16 this year, DILG Acting Director Juan Ingeniero reminded Ano that Binay, eldest son of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, was listed as No.51 among 101 local officials facing graft charges and are barred from running for office for having been slapped with a penalty of “perpetual disqualification” by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Binay and 12 other local officials were charged with graft in connection with the anomalous construction of the P1.3 billion Makati Science High School (MSHS) building.

Binay is also facing cases over the allegedly anomalous P2.2-billion Makati City Hall building 2 project along with his father and several others.

The Office of the Ombudsman found him and 20 others guilty of serious dishonesty and grave misconduct, and meted out the penalty of dismissal from the service, cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and from taking any civil service examination.

The older Binay, a known human rights lawyer during the Martial Law era, has been the subject of corruption allegations over the years.

He and his son Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr., also a former Makati mayor, are currently facing graft and corruption charges in the Sandiganbayan in relation to the anomalous construction of  the MSHS.

The father and son are facing four counts each of a violation of Section 3 (e) of RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and three counts each of falsification of public documents.

The two are also facing charges in relation to construction of phase 3 of the P2.2 billion “world class” Makati PArking building.

The charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman back in July 2016 alleged that Binay Sr.’s involvement consisted of acts done during his term as mayor of Makati.

Both Binays over the years have denied the charges against them, claiming that they were politically motivated.

Prior to the reopening of the corruption investigation against him, Binay Sr. was regarded as one of the most popular candidates in the 2016 presidential race.

The probe into the allegations, which started in 2014, are believed to have affected his popularity with the masses leading up to the race.

Surveys in early 2016 showed that Binay was the most popular pick for that year’s presidential race, beating even eventual winner Rodrigo Duterte.