3 Supreme Court justices inhibit from Binay case

By on April 22, 2015

Supreme Court of the Philippines (Photo courtesy of PCIJ)
Supreme Court of the Philippines (Photo courtesy of PCIJ)

BAGUIO CITY — Three associate justices of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday inhibited themselves from further participating in the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, Jr.

The case involves the petition filed by the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) against Binay and the Court of Appeals (CA).

In a press conference, SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te, said that in the matter of G.R. No. 217126-27 (Conchita Carpio Morales vs. Court of Appeals and Jejomar Erwin Binay), the following Justices have voluntarily inhibited themselves from further participation in this case:

— Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr.;

— Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion; and

— Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza.

Te said that their inhibition was voluntarily and that no reasons were given for such inhibition.

Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta had previously recused himself from participation in this case and did not sit during the first session of the oral arguments in this case.

The oral arguments in this case will resume Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the SC en banc hearing the respondents’ arguments.