Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed Senate Resolution No. 1265 to investigate the alleged bribery by Binay’s camp to Court of Appeals justices regarding the temporary restraining order to halt the implementation of the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. over the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall parking building.
Trillanes stated in his resolution, “serious allegations have recently surfaced that the Binay camp paid off certain CA justices to rule in their favor. According to reliable sources privy to the matter, a lawyer by the name of Pancho Villaraza facilitated the transaction and talked to Associate Justices Reyes and Acosta, and each of them allegedly received PhP20 million for the TRO they issued.”
When the Ombudsman, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Justice did not recognize the TRO, Trillanes added that Binay also paid another PhP5 million to both justices of the Sixth Division.
“This was purportedly the reason why the concerned CA division issued the write of preliminary injunction with undue and inordinate haste, long before its TRO is supposed to elapse,” the senator said.
The justices are yet to issue a statement regarding the allegations.