VP bought ‘overpriced’ Cebu cabs-A A +A
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
THE lawyer who filed a plunder case against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, in connection with the P1.56-billion parking building will file another case for alleged overpriced minicabs from Cebu.
Speaking before the 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza, lawyer Rene Bondal said a minicab that costs P85,000 per unit was purchased by the Makati City Government at P230,000 each when Binay was still the mayor.
Bondal did not divulge the names of the minicab suppliers, but he said they are vehicle manufacturers from Cebu.
Executive Order 156 issued in 2006 prohibits the importation of secondhand vehicles except minicabs which are commonly used by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
However, after the House of Representatives conducted an inquiry of the alleged 6,000 units of smuggled vehicles in Cebu, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) stopped the importation of all secondhand vehicles, including minicabs.
Bondal said the minicabs purchased by the Binays for Makati City were pasted with stickers printed with Binay’s photo.
Bondal said another case will be filed against the Binays for politicking in the use of the Makati Friendship Hotel to accommodate city and municipal mayors, city and municipal councilors and barangay captains from Cebu, Bohol and other parts of the country for free plus free food, Metro Manila tours and entertainment.
“The Binays are doing that since 2005 until at present to advance their political interest. Every day there are busloads of officials from the provinces to the Makati Friendship Hotel for free for at least three days,” Bondal said.
He said the Binays are doing this in the guise of “sisterhood city” program. There are 548 cities and municipalities with sisterhood agreement with Makati City in Bondal’s list.
Bondal said that sometime in 2004 or 2005, the Makati City Government purchased three buildings for the resettlement of the informal settlers.
However, Bondal said that after the purchase, the buildings were converted into hotels to accommodate mayors and other officials in the country.
Mayors Democrito “Ljon” Diamante of Tuburan, Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City, Jose Esgana of Sta. Fe, Valdemar Chiong of City of Naga City denied having enjoyed staying in the hotels for free.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2014.