Jamby Madrigal questions VP Binay wife’s departure

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Former Sen. Jamby Madrigal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—One of President Aquino’s handpicked candidates wants one of his Cabinet members to explain why the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, one of the three leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance, was allowed to leave the country despite a hold-departure order on her.

Former Sen. Jamby Madrigal, a member of the administration coalition Team PNoy, questioned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s authority to allow Dr. Elenita Binay to leave when it was the Sandiganbayan who has the sole authority to lift such orders.

Binay is facing graft charges at the Sandiganbayan.

“Only the Sandiganbayan has the authority to lift a hold-departure order on a respondent in a graft case. Perhaps, Secretary De Lima should explain whether she exceeded her authority when she got herself involved in a judicial matter overruling a hold-departure order of the Sandiganbayan,” Madrigal said in a statement.

Papal inauguration

The Binays recently left the country to attend the inauguration of Pope Francis in the Vatican. Elenita was initially prevented by immigration officers from boarding her flight but was eventually allowed to leave.

The incident prompted the couple’s daughter and UNA senatorial candidate Nancy Binay to cry political harassment. Aside from being the Binays’ eldest child, Nancy Binay is also the former chief of staff of the Vice President.

Madrigal said Nancy Binay shouldn’t expect “special treatment and privileges for her mother, just because she is the wife of the Vice President.”

“No one is above the law. For one who wants to become a lawmaker, she should be the last to say that. Just because she is the wife of the Vice President, why should she be given special privileges? This smacks of elitism on the part of Nancy Binay,” Madrigal said.

Harassment?

“The immigration people are just implementing the law. Mrs. Binay has pending graft cases from alleged bidding anomalies in the purchase of fixtures and furniture for the Makati City hall during her term as Makati mayor. How can Nancy say it’s harassment?” Madrigal asked.

Madrigal, who has yet to break into the Magic 12, has taken on the Vice President previously during the campaign period, indicating that Binay’s presidential ambition was an improbable dream.

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  • FORTHE GOOD

    Jamby madrigal’s courage, honesty, and integrity is beyond question. She was the first one to go against enrile head on when nobody dared at that time. She exposed in the senate his illegal logging connections.

    Now, not even the binays can intimidate her.

    • bryanbrian

      Senator Madrigal is definitely on my list. I checked her track record in the senate and she is better compared to many running for reelection.

      • yesyesyo

        I will even campaign for her. She deserves to be in the senate.

    • 12JEM

      Sobra lang sa ingay…..Madrigal Brand

      • GOPHILIPPINESGO

        Sa mga isyung ganito si Jamby Madrigal lang ang maaasahang magsasalita.

        Mas mabuti ang may mag ingay kesa tumulad sa iba na tahimik na parang walang masamang nangyayari.

    • Kirat

      This is more an issue of pull than of principles. The present scorecard reads: Binay 1, Lacson 1, Arroyo 0, Bimby 0. Joel Reyes 2. Read those stats however you will.

  • doublecross

    bkt kaya, sa dami ng billiones na ninakaw, nakakaalis ng bansa….special treatment!

  • primark

    i hope filipinos will give Jamby another chance in the senate. Jamby will be my number 1 senator in May….no to chiz and villar!

    • Mr Moonlight

      and Ramon Magsaysay Jr. too, he is way above over the other candidates

      • Sandy Bulet

        :)

  • patawad

    Dahil makapal lang talaga ang mga mukha ng mga Binays, di pa man presidente, akala mo siya na ang diyos sa lupa!!!!!

  • doublecross

    abusive power ang ginawa ni VP, ano pa kaya kung naging Pres siya, umh….umh…umh!

  • BatangSingapore

    diba itong si jamby ay dating gabinete ni erap pero ngayon kay abnoy naman. yari na pilipinas hahahahhaahha.

    • ernievictory

      ungas ka pala e. nilayasan nga ni Jamby si Erap dahil magnanakaw si Estrada ayaw mo pa . gunggong ka talaga….

      • BatangSingapore

        hindi siguro.

        alam ko lumipat talaga sya kasi si abnoy ang pangulo at pagpapatuloy ni jamby ang pangungurakot nya sa politika.

        sobrang yari talaga ang pilipinas.

  • mabyrik

    Look at Binay’s track records and assess what kind of president he would be:

    First-He became billionaire after becoming mayor of Makati for 20+ years without known business empires except just that, a mayor. Up to now, he has not explained his wealth.

    Second-He made a political dynasty by allowing his wife to hold the position of mayor once , followed by his son, them made another child as congressman, and now wants to make another child as senator. To top it, his wife faced criminal charges for corruption

    Third-He once ignored a lawful suspension order to vacate his position as mayor for corruption and instigated paid Makati residents to support him to prevent the implementation of that suspension order

    Fourth-He advised Gwen Garcia not to obey a lawful suspension order and to stay put. Gwen, also a corrupt UNA candiadate, obliged. She was convicted by Ombudsman for corruption by buying an expensive land still under seawater for a price of onshore land. She also has warrant of arrest for ignoring court’s summons. In all of these violations of the law, Binay is still Gwen’s most shrewd defender.

    Fifth-Binay, using his position as VP of the land, reprimanded BI officials for not allowing his wife to leave the Phil for Vatican. The BI officials prevented Binay’s wife to leave due to Sandiganbayan’s HDO. But Binay never cares about law. He wants to be above the law.

    In view of the foregoing, I tremble at the thoughts of what other ev&ils Binay can do as president in only 6 years, e//vils that will put to shame what GMA had done notoriously as president in 9 years and Marcos in 20 years. Binay could be a combination of the 2 most hated and corrupt presidents. Nakakatakot!!!

    • pinoyobserver

      Well said. Mga Pilipino, buksan niyo ang inyong mga mata para hindi kayo magsisi sa magiging kinabukasan ng Pilipinas kung mga katulad ni Binay ang inyong ihahalal. Wala kayong sisisihin kung hindi ang mga sarili ninyo.

      • batangsulpok

        Ang problema kasi ay mga BOBOTANTE ang mga kababayan natin.

  • pinoyobserver

    Mabuhay ka Jamby! Karapatdapat kang maging Senadora!

  • adriel0104

    magkano kaya ang laman sa bag ni elenita?

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Trapo talaga! Hindi maiwasan ang palakasan system. Hindi porke asawa ka ng bise-pres. okay na. Magbigay naman kayo ng example! HUWAAAAAAGGG IBOTO SI NANCY BINAY!!!

  • BatangSingapore

    para manalo si Jamby ay kailangan huwag ninyo iboto si BUM at Ting Ting, para kahit kulelat pumasok si Jamby.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Humirit na naman si Pong Pagong…………

  • tarikan

    There was an altercation between Mayor Jojo Binay and his opposition vice mayor during an election in the early 90’s wherein the vice mayor’s office was padlocked by Binay and the vice mayor wanted it opened. It was shown live on tv. I saw it with my two eyes how Mayor Jojo Binay punched one of the men of the vice mayor in the stomach. He double over. Then Binay faced the tv camera as if nothing happened. There goes your next president…kung hindi laang abogado parang si Erap na rin…barumbado.

  • joeybg

    Ganyan ang pamilya Baluga, naghaharian sa PInas.

    ANG KAPAL NG MGA MUKHA , ANG PINAKAKAIN SA PAMILYA AY NAKAW.

  • Sandy Bulet

    Power tripping ang tawag jan. Mga taong ginagawang mangmang ang mamamayan. Sa kanila pwedeng lumabas kahit nakaHDO ang ibang tao hindi pwede? So unfair, nasan ang justice system Ms. De Lima? Ang mga taong tulad ba ni Nancy ang pauupuin natin sa senate? ni hindi man lang alam ang kaibahan ng harrassment sa implementation of law? At VP for President? Susme!!

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Mrs Elenita Binay was allowed to leave the country despite a hold-departure order on her.
    :
    And her daughter Nancy Binay calls that HARASSMENT ?
    Bobong .primera klase. Graduate pa man din ng U.P.
    WE are now seeing what kind of leadership we will have under a BINAY presidency.
    Hindi pa nakaupo sa senado eh “a culture of IMPUNITY and CORRUPTION now being promoted no less than their daughter Nancy Binay”. The Binay political dynasty is a CURSE to the Filipino people..

  • Noel

    Jamby is the one being reported in blind items that whenever she shakes the hand of people during campaign, her staff has ready alcohol for her to wash. She’s called “Mata Pobre”. Even her gender is in question. Jamby used the opposition party “Genuine Opposition” to get elected the first time. Now, she’s with the administration. But too bad, Jamby will not make it to the Senate this time.

    • Herman Near

      That’s because people don’t really know what Jamby has done for the country.

      Most haters and fans alike don’t even know she’s behind the bill that protected Tubhataha reef.

  • Serious Comedian

    Wow! So many positive posts about Jamby… I wouldn’t be shocked if she posted all of these herself lol

    • Herman Near

      Don’t get over yourself on that. Jamby does have positive things, and people who believe in her, who is sadly dismissed by haters as recipients of “IPad”s.

  • dodot24

    Vice President palang si Binay ini ignore na ang batas. . lalo na pag nakaupo na sa Malacanyang. .. numero unong corrupt din ito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    KAY SENADORA JAMBY TAYU

  • buttones

    It’s very simple actually why Mrs Binay can raise a middle finger at the Justice department, it’s because all Filipinos are equal but some Filipinos are more equal than others—that’s
    why, an Orwellian concept but true to this very day…

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Binay wife linked to Php72.06-M graft

    A FORMER whistleblower in high-profile graft corruption controversies turned-head of government’s financial watchdog yesterday linked the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, an incumbent and several former Makati City officials to alleged deception in the public bidding for a Php72.06 million supply contract awarded by the city government in 2001…

    The former mayor now( Vice President)was charged in 2006 for allegedly bypassing the bidding procedure in favor of Office Gallery International Inc.

    Binay was questioned over the anomalous purchase of office fixtures and furniture for the new Makati City Hall from private contractor Office Gallery International from December 1999 to February 2000. The contract was allegedly overpriced by P3.6 million…

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Binay and alleged mistress’ photos surface the internet

    http://pinoygossipboydotph/wp-content/uploads/Binay-mistress-2.jpg

    change the dot

  • doublecross

    saan na ang perang na-corrupt mo binay,pati pala mrs mo garapal.

  • lagahit

    This time I am for Jamby Madrigal’s comments on the lifting of the hold order of Binay’s wife. Just because she is the vice president’s wife does not give her the right to circumvent the law. The Binay’s are so graft-ridden I am just wondering how he became vice president.

  • pcosmachine

    DO NOT VOTE FOR NANCY BINAY! PANGIT NA, BOBA PA!

  • iskurokutoy

    Isa din si Binay sa mga kumontra sa “No wang-wang policy!” ni Noynoy.
    Na-video-han convoy niya na todo wang-wang pero ang sabi niya ay tulog daw siya kaya hindi niya alam.

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