Graft court finds probable cause for Binay, Jr.’s trial
THE SANDIGANBAYAN has found probable cause to proceed with the trial of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr. in connection with the allegedly overpriced P2.2-billion Makati carpark building.
In a 66-page resolution dated April 18, the Sandiganbayan Third Division said the elements of falsification and graft are present in the charges against Mr. Binay and his co-accused.
According to the resolution, Mr. Binay was the Head of the Procuring Entity ( HoPE) and had the duty to evaluate the documents submitted by the Bids and Awards Committee ( BAC) and the authority to approve or reject the recommendation of the committee on valid and reasonable grounds.
Mr. Binay and his co-accused allegedly made it appear that an invitation to apply for eligibility and to bid (IAETB) was published in a news publication.
Both the prosecution and the defense submitted copies of the July 7, 2011 issue of Balita. The one submitted by the defense showed that the IAETB was published, while the one provided by the prosecution showed that there was no IAETB but a Sudoku loco game printed where the IEATB appeared in the copy submitted by the defense. —