In his refusal to appear before the committee investigating the allegedly overpriced buildings, Senate arresting teams will serve the arrest order on Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-Jun” Binay and five other resource persons, Thursday morning.
The arresting team left the Senate compound at around 8:30 a.m headed by Sergeant-At-Arms Jose Baladia. They are expected to bring Binay and 5 others before the 14th hearing of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee at 9 a.m.
The five others ordered arrested and detained were Engineer Line Dela Pena, Atty. Eleno Mendoza, Ms. Eduviges Ebeng Baloloy, Marjorie de Veyra, and Bernadette Portollano.
The Senate decided on Monday to hold Binay in contempt following his refusal to attend the hearings concerning the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall 2 parking building.
The mayor only attended one hearing on August 2014.
Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said that the contempt and detention order was valid following the agreement of the Senate rules committee.
The order was later signed by Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday evening.
Cayetano however said that Mayor Binay can leave after the hearing once he cooperates.
“To be fair to Mayor Junjun, he promised to cooperate so he does not need to spend the night here. And if he answers questions and cooperates, he can go after the hearing,” the senator said.
Other than the allegedly overpriced buildings, the Senate is also investigating into the alleged corruption of the Binay dynasty and their amassed wealth.