Senator Antonio Trillanes IV hailed on Friday the Office of the Ombudsman’s order to dismiss suspended Makati Mayor Erwin Jejomar ‘Junjun’ Binay as victory against corruption in Makati City. “The fight was long, difficult and bitter but, in the end, truth and justice prevailed,” Trillanes said in a press statement.
On Friday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the dismissal of Binay, son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, over the overpriced Makati City Hall parking building. The Ombudsman also recommended that the suspended Makati mayor be banned from any government position.
“The Ombudsman’s order signals the end of the Binay dynasty. I only hope it would lead to a new era of good governance in Makati,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes was among the senators who pushed for the Senate investigation of the overpriced construction of the 11-storey Makati City Building 2. The construction of the parking building, which started in 2007 when Vice President Binay was still the Makati City mayor, was bloated at PhP 2.46 billion or overpriced by more than half of the amount.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee invited VP Binay to explain his side but Binay never showed up in more than 20 hearings. The Senate inquiry has been expanded to cover other overpriced buildings, including the Makati Science Building and other alleged anomalies involving VP Binay.