- Junjun Binay pleads not guilty on all charges against him in relation to the allegedly overpriced Makati parking building
- Binay is facing six counts of falsification of public documents, four counts of graft, and one count of malversation
- Binay is also asking the court to allow him to travel to the United States for an ugent medical consultation of his daughter, Ken-Ken
Former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. entered a not guilty plea on all charges against him over the allegedly overpriced Makati car park building during his conditional arraignment before the Sandiganbayan on Monday, August 8.
Binay is facing six counts of falsification of public documents, four counts of graft, and one count of malversation in connection to the alleged rigged procurement and overpriced construction of the Makati parking building which cost P2.2 billion, as per an article published by Manila Bulletin.
According to the information of the cases filed by the Ombudsman’s Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) earlier this year, the Binays and other Makati City officials conspired in giving unwarranted benefits and preference to Hilmarc’s Construction Company by awarding to it the contracts for the construction of the P2.2 billion building project, as per an article published by GMA News.
The Sandiganbayan issued a hold-departure order on Binay, his father – former vice-president Jejomar Binay, and 22 other former city officials allegedly involved in the car park project.
The former Makati mayor is making an appeal for the court’s approval to travel to the United States from August 14 to 24 for an urgent medical consultation for his 6-year-old daughter, Ken-Ken, due to her rare disease, after receiving a recommendation for a referral of a second opinion.
However, the prosecution opposed Binay’s appeal and said there were no given explanation why they won’t see another doctor in the Philippines that could give a second opinion, and questioned why the motion has only been requested recently when his daughter had been diagnosed for the disease since 2013.
The prosecution added: “Ken-Ken’s medical condition, although allegedly rare or uncommon, was not shown to be requiring special treatment which could only be done abroad due to lack of medical experts and/or inadequacy of medical equipment and facilities in the Philippines.”