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Sandigan clears Binay of graft, malversation

There was no clear evidence that the wife of former Vice President Jejomar Binay committed irregularities in the procurement of the medical supplies.

Michelle R. Guillang

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The Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay of graft and malversation charges related to the purchase of hospital beds and other medical apparatus worth P45 million in 2000-2001.

Binay was charged as she allegedly did not hold competitive public bidding and provided unwarranted benefits to the supplier of the 202 bedside cabinets, 172 hospital beds, 10 intensive care unit beds, four orthopedic beds, and sterilizers.

In a decision promulgated on Thursday, it was found that there was “no clear evidence” that the wife of former Vice President Jejomar Binay committed irregularities in the procurement of medical supplies.

Aside from the Binay matriarch, the Sandiganbayan Special Third Division also acquitted Ernesto Aspillaga, former Makati general services department chief; City accountant III Dulce Cruz, and City Treasurer Luz Yamane-Garcia of graft and malversation charges.

Two members of the Makati City government canvass committee, however, were found guilty of two counts of graft. Conrado Pamintuan, supply officer, and Jaime de Los Reyes, administrative officer, were sentenced to imprisonment of six years and one month minimum to eight years maximum per count.
They are prohibited from holding public office again.

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