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Junjun Binay, left, and Nancy Binay  (Photo credit: Inquirer.net)
Junjun Binay, left, and Nancy Binay (Photo credit: Inquirer.net)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s a clear case of big sister trying to protect little brother.

We’ve all heard about house arrest and hospital arrest. Both are forms of incaceration in lieu of jail, mostly accorded to political prisoners.  Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comes to mind. She continues to be under hospital arrest for corruption charges.

Now, Senator Nancy Binay has proposed legislation that would institute office arrest for politicians like her brother, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay.

The younger Binay has camped out (or in) for the third  straight day since the Office of the Ombudsman issued a suspension order against him. The order was issued over alleged overpricing in the controversial Makati City Hall Building II.

The mayor is questioning the six-month suspension order and has been holing up at city hall since Wednesday. He has said the order from the Office of the Ombudsman — a Constitutional body independent of Malacañang — is motivated by politics. He could face contempt charges if he continues to defy the orde of the Ombudsman.

Binay’s supporters have been staying outside the city hall since the suspension order was issued and have been given free take-out dinners.

In proposing the new legislation, Nancy Binay admitted it was in anticipation of her brother’s eventual arrest.

“My brother has been put into office by the people of Makati, so he has the obligation to continue to perform his duties as mayor, regardless of what the Ombudsman says,” the junior senator told reporters. “Office arrest is the most appropriate form of incarceration for Junjun,” she added.

Informed sources told The Adobo Chronicles that the Binays’ father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, has offered to pay for the construction of an annex to the Makati City Mayor’s office that would include a bedroom, kitchen and a jacuzzi in order to make his son’s offfice arrest more comfortable.


lady_gagas_gold_wheelchair_p12l7Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – First, it was designer jail cells, now it’s gold wheelchairs. The Philippine government can’t seem to settle down on how to treat its high-profile inmates, namely, ex-presidents, senators and wealthy business persons charged and detained for crimes ranging from plunder to graft & corruption.

There appears to be a consistent pattern in which famous inmates — from former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Bong Revilla, Jr. to  businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles — suddenly become ill upon their arrest, requiring them to be hospitalized and treated for their ailment. Arroyo is under hospital arrest for corruption and plunder while she was in office, while Enrile, Revilla and Napoles have all been named in the pork barrel scandal currently being prosecuted by the Philippine Ombudsman. Also arrested in the pork barrel scam was Gigi Reyes, Enrile’s former chief of staff.  Reyes immediately fell ill after her arrest and was transferred to a local hospital.

To cope with the increasing need for mobility among these famous inmates, the government of President NoyNoy Aquino has entered into an import agreement with a foreign manufacturer of wheelchairs.  Not just ordinary wheelchairs, but gold wheelchairs.

The 24-karat-gold wheelchairs were designed by Ken Borochov (see photo), the same artist who designed the gold wheelchair of Lady Gaga when the famous singer had a hip surgery earlier this year.  Borochov says that  1.5 ounces of gold were plated on each chair and that his idea was to make them look like thrones. Certainly fit for queens, divas and privileged politicians.

The wheelchairs will be paid for from left over pork barrel funds now in the custody of Malacanang, the presidential palace.




Arroyo, left, and Napoles
Arroyo, left, and Napoles

Manila, Philippines – It’s like a story out of Hollywood. Like “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” starring Brad Pitt.  Only more serious. And more complicated.

The cast of characters: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, former president of the Philippines and currently a member of the House of Representatives, accused of plunder and election fraud; and Janet Lim-Napoles, businesswoman, accused of masterminding the pork barrel scam that siphoned 10 Billion pesos of taxpayer money into fake nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the pockets of politicians.  Both had petitioned for bail and both were denied.

Arroyo is under hospital arrest in a government hospital in Manila while Napoles is detained in a high-security bungalow in Santa Rosa, Laguna, just south of Manila.

Jealousy ensues. Arroyo complains that she has been denied furlough for her birthday to be at her home in Pampanga while Napoles is living with special treatment in a bungalow. Napoles envies Arroyo because the latter is in a hospital. Napoles’s previous request to be in a hospital has been denied.

Enter Miriam Defensor-Santiago, feisty member of the Philippine Senate.  She demands that Napoles be billed 150,000 pesos per month as reimbursement of taxpayer money being spent for her  bungalow arrest and double security measures.

Enter the lawyers for Arroyo who demand that the government pay not only for her stay and food at the hospital but also all of her medical and treatment expenses.

Finally, enter Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto who proposes that both women become roommates at the bungalow in Santa Rosa. “Equal treatment for equal evil deeds,” Sotto says.

And who’s footing the bill? Sotto says that both crimes the women are charged with involve misuse and, presumably hoarding of stacks and stacks of money. Arroyo and Napoles should have no problem paying for their detention, even if it means for life.

Stay tuned for the next chapter of this curious case indeed.