IT seems Vice President Jejomar Binay’s troubles just won’t go away.
This was after the Commission on Audit revealed that the Makati City government, when he was still its mayor, allegedly awarded the contract for the construction of the controversial Makati City Parking Building II to a favored contractor.
Worse, CoA’s Special Audit Report showed that Hilmarc’s Construction allegedly submitted questionable accomplishment reports for the purpose of collecting payments from the Makati government.
In total, the company received P1.3 billion in collections although the construction of the parking building is yet to be completed.
Each demand for payment, the CoA stressed, was tantamount to downpayment which the law does not allow.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Hillmarc’s was also the recipient of several other infrastructure projects in the city involving huge amounts of money.
“The construction of the Makati parking building without an approved reference plan for an 11-story building with roof deck and corresponding ABC to establish the limit of construction and basis of cost per phase appears to be irregular and casts doubt on the integrity of the construction cost,” the report said.
“It appears also that the implementation of the phases is misleading and questionable,” it added.
State auditors continued: “The reported accomplishments on all progress and final billings had no detailed breakdown to support the accomplished quantity claimed paid per progress and final billing.”
The building was started while Binay was mayor of Makati City and construction continued through the administration of his son, Mayor Junjun Binay.
The Binays have been charged by the Office of the Ombudsman with plunder and graft and corruption in connection with the overpriced building, for which the younger Binay was suspended.
The vice president has denied any wrongdoing in the controversial parking building, blaming the accusations against them on politics. He also refused to attend Senate hearings on the matter saying he would not get a fair shake from senators.
But the public and the Aquino administration have been urging him to speak up and explain his complicity, if there was any.