Sandi­gan OKs Jun­jun’s HK trip

The Philippine Star - - METRO - Eliz­a­beth Marcelo

The Sandi­gan­bayan has granted the re­quest of for­mer Makati mayor Je­jo­mar Er­win “Jun­jun” Bi­nay Jr. for a four-day trip to Hong Kong to­gether with his chil­dren.

In a short hear­ing on Fri­day, the court’s Fifth Divi­sion granted in open court Bi­nay’s mo­tion to travel to Hong Kong from Nov. 16 to 19 de­spite the ob­jec­tion of state pros­e­cu­tors from the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man.

The court’s Third Divi­sion granted the same mo­tion of Bi­nay dur­ing a hear­ing on Nov. 5.

Bi­nay has a stand­ing hold de­par­ture or­der is­sued by the Third and Fifth Di­vi­sions in con­nec­tion with his pend­ing crim­i­nal cases. He is barred from leav­ing the coun­try un­less there is a prior writ­ten per­mis­sion from both court di­vi­sions.

In a mo­tion filed last month, Bi­nay said he in­tends to ac­com­pany his mi­nor daugh­ter, Maria Ken­nely, to a gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tion to be held on Nov. 17 to 18 in Hung Hum Kowloon and to bring all four of his chil­dren to Hong Kong Dis­ney­land.

Bi­nay is fac­ing be­fore the Third Divi­sion four counts of graft, six counts of fal­si­fi­ca­tion of pub­lic doc­u­ments and one count of malver­sa­tion of pub­lic funds in con­nec­tion with the al­leged anoma­lous con­struc­tion of the P2.2bil­lion Makati City Hall Build­ing II, also known as the Makati park­ing build­ing.

His cases at the Fifth Divi­sion, mean­while, in­volve four counts of graft and three counts each of fal­si­fi­ca­tion of pub­lic doc­u­ments over the al­leged anoma­lous con­struc­tion of the P1.3-bil­lion Makati Sci­ence High School build­ing.

Also named as an ac­cused in both sets of cases was Bi­nay’s fa­ther, for­mer vice pres­i­dent Je­jo­mar Bi­nay Sr. The Of­fice of the Om­buds­man, which filed the cases, said the anoma­lous con­struc­tion of both build­ings ran dur­ing Bi­nay Sr. and Bi­nay Jr.’s re­spec­tive terms as the mayor of Makati.

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