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
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.
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 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.