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Binay, Andaya arraignment moved.

By Czarina Nicole Ong

The scheduled arraignment of former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay and former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) chief and current Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. before the Sandiganbayan Third Division was deferred Friday due to their pending motions.

Binay Jr. is facing two counts of graft and one count of malversation in relation to the phase three of the overpriced P2.2-billion Makati City Hall Parking Building contracts.

Meanwhile, Andaya has been slapped with 97 graft violations and another 97 violations of Article 217 in relation to Article 171(2) and 48 of the Revised Penal Code due to his involvement in the P900- million Malampaya fund scam from 2009 to 2010.

Because of their pending appeals, the Sandiganbayan decided to move their arraignment to December 7.

Binay Jr. has a pending motion for reconsideration before the anti-graft court, and he also intends to elevate his case to the Supreme Court with a petition for certiorari.

On the other hand, Andaya's case is put on hold to give the prosecution time to comment on his motion for reconsideration regarding the denial of his bill of particulars.

Andaya prayed in his motion that the prosecution be directed to submit a bill of particulars for each Information against him because the charges are "ambiguous, vague and fail to provide the necessary details required by law, procedure and jurisprudence."

A bill of particulars is described as a detailed, formal and written statement of charges or claims by the prosecution.

However, Andaya's request was earlier denied by the Sandiganbayan because they found that the prosecution has "sufficiently apprise the accused of the cause and nature of the accusations against them."



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Date:Oct 5, 2018
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