Ombudsman to file corruption charges against VP Binay after he steps down

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(File photos) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (L); Vice President Jejomar Binay (R)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay can expect at least one corruption case filed against him as early as July – after he has served his term on June 30 and his immunity from suit expires.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said on Thursday (May 19) they have found probable cause to indict Binay for graft, malversation, and falsification of documents in connection with the construction of the controversial P2.8-billion Makati city hall parking.

"When he is stripped off of immunity, then we will consider filing of the case. July 1st comes after June 30, in the same manner that July 10 comes after June 30," Morales said.

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The vice president has denied any wrongdoing and claimed the Ombudsman is biased against members of the opposition and that the cases against him and his family are politically motivated.

But Morales dismisses Binay's claims, saying her office is an independent body that goes where the evidence leads, and does not follow what politics dictate.

When asked if she had anything to say to Binay's statements against her during the campaign, Morales replied: "Dedma naman kami sa mga punches na yan eh." [We just ignore those punches.]

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Morales spoke to journalists after launching a youth fellowship program on Thursday (May 19), that aims to teach young students about good governance and social responsibility.

Morales said the youth must be led away from old practices that encourage corruption.

"Our young generation is to be guided in the right direction where the unhealthy culture of 'palakasan' [patronage], 'takipan' [cover-up] system is neither practiced nor tolerated,” Morales said. “It is possible."