MAKATI Mayor Abby Binay yesterday announced that she will endorse to the Ombudsman the filing of charges against two Makati councilors for alleged corruption and maintaining ghost employees in their offices.
“Corruption is behind the decision of several councilors to break away. They learned that I have received credible information on their nefarious activities, so they opted to create political drama as a smokescreen. Ginagamit nila ang mabuting pangalan ng aking ama na si Vice President Jojo Binay para mapagtakpan ang kanilang mga maling gawain,” the mayor said.
Mayor Abby said she has obtained written statements from witnesses confirming the questionable practices of at least two councilors -- Ferdinand “Ferdie” Eusebio and Divine Jacome.
“Natunugan nila na pinapaimbestiga ko ang mga ghost employees nila. And now I have written statements from witnesses attesting to this. I will endorse this matter to the Ombudsman for appropriate action,” she said.
The mayor confirmed that the two councilors, along with several others, are urging her brother, former mayor Junjun Binay, to run against her in the May 2019 elections. She expressed hope, however, that her brother will do what is best for their family.
“Binubuyo nila si Junjun na tumakbo para makabalik sila sa pwesto at magpakaligaya sa pangungurakot sa pera ng mga taga-Makati. I still hope that Junjun will do what is best for Makati and our family and not run,” the mayor said.
“Si Ferdie Eusebio, kasama ng kanyang mga barkada sa konseho, ang nagtaksil sa Makatizens. Sila rin ang sumisira sa pangalan ng aming pamilya,” she said.
According to Mayor Abby, the majority councilors have been holding the legislative agenda of the city government hostage to politics.
“Due to their change of support, vital matters pending in the City Council are being used as leverage by the councilors against me. But they should realize that what they are doing is a gross disservice to our Makatizens. Hindi po ako ang pinapahirapan nila kundi ang mga mamamayan ng Makati. May sinumpaan silang tungkulin. Gawin nila yon at hindi ang pamumulitika,” she said.
The mayor pointed to Eusebio as the ringleader and instigator of the breakaway group. Eusebio is known in Makati as the right hand man of former mayor Junjun Binay.
Eusebio has been accused by a major contractor of demanding kickbacks and demanding gifts and favors during the term of former mayor Junjun, she said. This includes forcing the contractor to construct a building in Makati worth P20 million for free.
“Si Ferdie Eusebio ay pinaratangan ng pangingikil at paghingi ng mga pabor at regalo ng isang big time contractor. Ayon sa contractor, s’ya daw ang gumawa ng building ni Eusebio na libre sa halagang higit P20 million,” she said.
The mayor added that the contractor, Armando Khong Hun, has filed a formal complaint against Eusebio before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleged violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
She added that Eusebio owns a stable of expensive race horses.
“Kaya huwag nyang sabihin na iniintindi nya ang Makatizens. Ang dati nilang kalakaran at katiwalian ang gusto nilang ibalik,” she said.
In the case of Jacome, the mayor said several witnesses have come forward against the councilor. According to the witnesses, around 20 individuals were designated as Community Affairs Assistants II but the ATM cards of these individuals are in the possession of the councilor.
The mayor appealed to Makatizens with information on the corrupt activities of councilors to come out in the open.
She assured them of her personal support and protection.
“Hinihikayat ko kayo na sabihin mismo sa akin ang inyong nalalaman. Sama-sama tayong nagsisikap na linisin ang Makati. Nasimulan na natin ito ngunit may iilan na gustong pumigil dito. Hindi tayo dapat pumayag at hindi tayo dapat matakot. Samahan n’yo ako sa laban na ito,” she said.