Some of the transaction windows at the Makati City Hall are shut Friday as supporters of Mayor Junjun Binay occupy the lobby of the building. His supporters gathered in anticipation of authorities serving the suspension order on Binay. (MNS photo)

Some of the transaction windows at the Makati City Hall are shut Friday as supporters of Mayor Junjun Binay occupy the lobby of the building. His supporters gathered in anticipation of authorities serving the suspension order on Binay. (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 8 (Mabuhay) — Acting Makati Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr. does not expect the longtime chief media officer of Vice President Jejomar Binay to speak in his behalf but added the least Joey Salgado could is to report for work as an employee of the Makati city government.

“Sa totoo lang, for me, ‘di siya personal. Ang intensyon ko na makatrabaho ang lahat is okay. Kaso ang alam natin, ‘di sya nagsasalita in favor sa akin. Nasa kanya ‘yun. Kung ayaw ituloy, fine. Basta ang interes lang ng city government ang sa akin,” Peña said.

Peña said Salgado, a spokesman for Makati since the time when Vice President Binay was still the mayor, receives an estimated monthly salary of P30,000 to P40,000.

“He is the head of the PIO (public information office). Nagpatawag ako ng meeting at in-e-expect ko na nandiyan siya kasi ang projects namin, dadaan sa kanya to campaign,” the acting mayor said.

Salgado has been handling the media affairs of both the Vice President and his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

The mayor was recently suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman over this supposed involvement in the alleged overpricing in the construction a Makati Science High School building.

Peña, a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), temporarily took over the city government.

Peña said that if Salgado will refuse to report for work, he might as well file a leave of absence without pay.

“Nagbigay na kami ng memo sa kanya. I am still awaiting for his reply,” he added.

Peña will sit as acting mayor for the next six months or until the Court of Appeals (CA) decides to grant a temporary restraining order stopping the implementation of the suspension order on Binay.

Consultancy ended on June 30

Sought for comment, Salgado on Wednesday said he is no longer required to report for work at the Makati City Hall.

“My consultancy services expired last June 30. I don’t know how I can be required to report to him,” Salgado, who has been the head of the Makati public information office (PIO) since 2001, said in a text message.

Peña is the only public official of the city government who belongs to the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

The rest are party members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which is expected to field Vice President Binay as its standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

Coincidentally, it was on July 1 or a day after Salgado’s consultancy services expired, that Junjun Binay decided to leave the city hall premises and comply with the suspension order.

Salgado said he remains to be a spokesperson for both Vice President Binay and his son.

Peña will sit as acting mayor for the next six months or until the Court of Appeals (CA) decides to grant a temporary restraining order stopping the implementation of the suspension order on Binay.(MNS)