[NEWS] (05/09/17) Sandiganbayan thumbs down Binay worry over travel arraignment

Sandiganbayan thumbs down Binay worry over travel arraignment
Vince F. Nonato
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The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of former Vice-President Jejomar Binay to modify the standard terms of his conditional arraignment for his upcoming pilgrimage in the Holy Land. 

In an eight-page resolution on Monday, the Third Division rejected Binay’s fear that accepting the standard conditions would make him lose his rights and legal remedies later on.  

As a precondition for permission to go to Israel from May 15 to 29, Binay would have to be conditionally arraigned on Wednesday afternoon under the usual terms imposed on defendants traveling abroad. 

The antigraft court usually requires conditional arraignment before granting travel authority to an accused who has yet to be formally arraigned. This serves as an assurance that he could be tried in absentia in case he fails to return to the country. 

Binay’s camp plans to file a motion to quash the charges if the Supreme Court grants his petition challenging the validity of the Ombudsman’s investigation, which was held when he was still a vice-president immune from suit. But, such a remedy has to be filed before regular arraignment. 
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[NEWS] 02/01/17: Enrile’s failed bid to quash plunder case and VP Binay’s rejected request for separate trial

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Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s P172.83-million plunder case may finally head to trial, after the Sandiganbayan denied his motion to quash the purportedly “vague” charge sheet. Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan has denied former Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s bid for his graft and malversation cases to be tried in a different court division separate from those of his son, former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr.

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