Drilon says Binay Jr. should accept suspension order

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SENATE INQUIRY ON ICC: Senate President Franklin Drilon (left) denies he has anything to do with the bidding for the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center. “To set the record straight, I had nothing to do with the bidding for the project. I did not participate in the constitution of the Bids and Awards Committee. I did not interfere with any part of the bidding process, nor did I nominate or appoint the winning bidder,”Drilon told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The Senate is conducting an inquiry into the alleged overpricing of the convention center. Also in photo is Senator Teogisto “TG” Guingona III, chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee. (MNS photo)

SENATE INQUIRY ON ICC: Senate President Franklin Drilon (left) denies he has anything to do with the bidding for the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center. “To set the record straight, I had nothing to do with the bidding for the project. I did not participate in the constitution of the Bids and Awards Committee. I did not interfere with any part of the bidding process, nor did I nominate or appoint the winning bidder,”Drilon told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The Senate is conducting an inquiry into the alleged overpricing of the convention center. Also in photo is Senator Teogisto “TG” Guingona III, chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Makati City Mayor  Jejomar Erwin “Jun-Jun” Binay  Jr. should  accept the  suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman just like what some senators did when they were also  ordered suspended over the  “pork barrel” scam, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday.

“He should follow what our colleagues did  in the Senate. They accepted the suspension  as part  of the process…”  Drilon  told reporters.

The Senate leader was apparently referring to Senators  Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon  “Bong” Revilla Jr, who were  suspended  by the Senate  on orders of the  Ombudsman.

The  three senators   have been  detained after being  charged  with plunder and graft over the  pork barrel scam.

Binay, on the other hand, was  placed  under preventive suspension by the  Ombudsman in connection with the allegedly  anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall 2 parking building.

Asked  if the  mayor  could still stop the  suspension order against him, Drilon said: “Certainly,  he has a legal remedy. He can  go to the Court of Appeals.” (MNS)

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