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Former VP Binay’s Security on Corruption Charges Manifested during Arraignment


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay shows that he did not appreciate what’s going on in the arraignment when he refused to enter a plea for his security from the corruption allegations against him. The court entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf. Defendants who do this are likely to enter a trial – to bring out the facts that lead to the filing of the case in the first place.

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[VIDEO]: Dating VP Binay, tumangging maghain ng plea para sa kasong graft

Family Pilgrimage

Binay needs to be arraigned to be allowed to travel. He is bound to join a family pilgrimage to Israel. Therefore, he submitted himself to conditional arraignment on May 10, before the anti-graft court, the Sandiganbayan.

Corruption Charges

Binay is facing charges of graft, malversation of public funds, and falsification of public documents. These are for the allegedly overpriced construction of the P2.2-billion Makati City Hall parking building which he denied.

The Arraignment

The court’s 3rd Division finally arraigned Binay. He refused to enter a plea. The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf as the protocol in this circumstance. A slight delay in the arraignment was recorded because Binay’s lawyers and division chair Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang disagreed on the implications for not entering a plea.

Manifestation Not to Enter a Plea

Cabotaje-Tang insisted that a manifestation to not enter a plea is the same as refusing to enter a plea. This move as explained by Binay’s lawyers was meant to protect his rights as an accused. It made their plans known to file a motion to dismiss the corruption charges before they could reach trial.

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