CA upholds decision clearing Binay in parking building case

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THE COURT of Appeals (CA) affirmed its decision reversing the dismissal of former Makati City mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” S. Binay, Jr. over his administrative charges in connection with the alleged anomaly in the construction of the P2.28 Makati City Hall Parking Building II.

In 39-page ruling dated March 18, the CA 10th division denied the motion for reconsideration of the Ombudsman that said the “condonation doctrine” does not apply to Mr. Binay.

The CA ruled that while the doctrine was already abandoned by the Supreme Court, “it should not be given any retroactive effect as to prejudice Binay, Jr. for the acts he allegedly committed when said doctrine was still in effect.”

“Condonation doctrine,” which was abandoned in 2015 for being devoid of legal basis in the Constitution, extinguishes the administrative liabilities of an officer done during his prior term. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas