For one ordered by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to be dismissed and perpetually banned from seeking public office for grave misconduct and serious dishonesty, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. finds himself now mired in a deep hole that he himself has dug.
Whether Junjun could have the ingenuity to extricate himself from the hellhole he is in, only time will tell, but it looks like the odds are against him.
Reportedly, the Ombudsman dismissed Junjun in connection to the anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall building II worth P2.28 billion.
According to the Ombudsman six docketed complaints and flagrant anomalies were found to have been committed by the Makati mayor – starting from the absence of publication on invitations to bid for the project down to the notices of awards, contracts and payments.
Needless to say that the whole bidding process was rigged favoring Junjun and his cohorts to the disadvantaged of the government, thus, prompting Ombudsman Morales to comment, saying, “By so acting, Binay Jr. intentionally closed his eyes to the irregularities by failing to observe utmost diligence.” Apparently, documents obtained by the Ombudsman showed that Binay Jr. approved the resolutions, notices of awards, contracts and payments consciously and maliciously.
With this severe writ brought against Binay Jr. I have no doubt that Vice President Jejomar Binay will play it up and capitalize on it in his presidential campaign sorties if only to gain sympathy.
Before his political opponents could use this as an issue against him, that corruption runs in the Binay blood, it is very likely that Binay Sr. will start telling the people that the timing of Junjun’s dismissal is politically motivated amounting to persecution in order to discredit him in his quest for the presidency.
Junjun’s dismissal and disqualification from seeking public office must be a blow to Binay Sr. as this further implies, nay, fortifies, the allegations about his corruptibility that will surely affect his presidential run.
Could this be the beginning of the end of the Binay dynasty in Makati?
Could this be the final nail that will seal Binay’s political demise?
For the sake of the nation and the Filipino people, I hope it will be.