Makati vice mayor takes oath after Junjun Binay suspension order served

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Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr. talks to the media on Friday inside the Makati City Hall Building. Binay said he will stay in the building despite a suspension order from the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in the overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II.(MNS photo)

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. talks to the media on Friday inside the Makati City Hall Building. Binay said he will stay in the building despite a suspension order from the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in the overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Mar 16 (Mabuhay) – Makati City Vice Mayor Romulo Peña was sworn into office on Monday morning as the acting city mayor after the suspension order on incumbent Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. was served.

The Department of Interior and Local Government served the order of the Ombudsman by tacking it on the facade of the Makati City Hall around 8 a.m. Monday.

The Office of the Ombudsman suspended Mayor Binay and 15 others for six months last March 11 over corruption allegations that the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II was overpriced.

Mayor Binay has since barricaded himself inside the city hall, in defiance of the suspension, with his supporters camped outside.

Tension rose early Monday morning as riot police arrived at Makati City Hall.

Plunder and graft raps have been filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay and Junjun Binay for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II. The elder Binay was then city mayor and Junjun a city councilor at the time of the construction.

After he took his oath of office, Peña said Junjun Binay remains a friend. (MNS)

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