- Filipino netizens happy with Ombudsman decision
- Some said the Binay family deserves harsher punishment
- The Ombudsman was commended for upholding the law
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine social media was abuzz over the dismissal and ‘perpetual disqualification’ of suspended Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay from public office by the Office of the Ombudsman in a recent decision made public on Friday, October 9.
In an interview with reporters, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said the decision to perpetually disqualify Binay from holding any public office is “immediately executory” and also came with the forfeiture of retirement benefits.
Great and happy news
The Ombudsman ruling was welcomed not only by the Malacañang Palace and Binay critics, but has also drawn strong positive reactions from Filipino social media users; somehow reflecting the general sentiment of the people against the country’s wealthiest, and perhaps most-hated, political family.
“This is one of the happiest nights of the Filipino people… to see a thief being officially called a thief by an investigating body is really a welcome and happy news to us!!!” said one commenter on the Definitely Filipino thread under the pseudonym Pilosopo Tasyo.
“That’s great! However make sure no one from Binay family would sit once again as mayor of Makati. ‘wag ng mging bobotante ! (Don’t be stupid voters again)” added another.
“Well done! We love that to hear Junjun Binay barred from all elections in government service. That’s good news!” another said.
Jail them too
Some commenters are also hoping for harsher punishment for the mayor who is facing criminal and administrative charges along with 23 other respondents including his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, over alleged irregularities in the controversial Makati parking building.
“Dismissed and barred are not enough for this corrupt, all Binays should be put in jail,” one commenter wrote.
“Next step is to bar the Senior Binay from holding office of VP and beyond. Government position is not a wholesale family owned business. Very troubling,” said one who agreed that the Vice President must be held criminally liable as well.
Another added: “If he was deemed a thief he should pay restitution and go to jail as well.”
Good job, Ombudsman
Others commended the Office of the Ombudsman and Conchita Carpio-Morales for upholding the law against corrupt public officials and hoped for more similar decisions.
“A SNAPPY SALUTE TO THE OMBUDSMAN FOR THE JOB WELL DONE. . HOPING FOR MORE. . .one happy commenter.
“Good job Ombudsman! I hope matatag ang bodyguards mo madam. Ingat po. Nakakagaan ng loob na makitang may pangil ang batas natin,” another wrote. (I hope your bodyguards could defend you. Please take care. It feels good to see our laws finally found its teeth.)
But others are also wary the decision may still be reversed upon appeal with the Supreme Court, while a few defended the mayor by saying it’s obviously a form of political maneuvering, and a desperate attempt to stop or slow the vice president’s presidential ambition.
But generally, Filipino netizens expressed satisfaction with the Ombudsman decision.
“Justice served. Finally, there is a verdict. It makes perfect sense that officials found guilty of corruption and betrayal of public trust be banned/barred from holding any position/office on government,” wrote one happy netizen.