Philippine’s Ex-VP, Son Indicted on Graft Charges

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Former Philippine vice president Jejomar Binay has been indicted before a special court called the Sandiganbayan for graft and falsification of public documents arising from the allegedly anomalous deal for the construction of a $26 million science high school building in suburban Makati City, Metro Manila.

Also indicted was Binay’s son and namesake Jejomar Junior, who was earlier dismissed as Makati mayor, for four counts of graft and three counts of falsification.

Legal experts said the criminal charges are bailable but pointed out each count of graft carries a penalty of from six to 10 years in jail while that of falsification is punishable by imprisonment of from six to eight years each.

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