MANILA, June 30 (Mabuhay) – Makati Mayor Junjun Binay can expect fresh charges to be filed against him for defying his latest preventive suspension, the order for which was served Tuesday morning amid a violent confrontation between Binay supporters and policemen.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said direct assault and obstruction of justice charges would be filed against supporters of the Binay family who were seen attacking and hurling chairs at policemen securing the city hall.
At least five civilians and three policemen were hurt in the incident.
“The incident was aired live on television and with the videos taken, it is most probable that charges will be filed against those shown directly assaulting police officers and obstructing justice,” said De Lima.
“We will also recommend to the DILG the possible initiation of administrative charges for insubordination, and possibly even criminal charges, against Mayor Binay for non-compliance with the order of suspension issued by the Ombudsman as disciplining authority,” she said.
De Lima said they would not tolerate Binay’s and his supporters’ “blatant disrespect” of the Ombudsman and elements of the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police in their implementation of Mayor Binay’s suspension.
“They are already fomenting lawlessness and chaos in Makati without any regard to authority and peace and order. No public official can treat any part of LGU territory as his own kingdom and government office as a royal entitlement,” she said.
“Our local governments are still a part of our republican government. They are not kingdoms unto themselves and their mayors should not act like petty kings who can disregard the law with impunity,” she added. (MNS)