Makati Mayor Mar-len Abigail “Abby” Binay said Wednesday she is endorsing the filing of corruption charges before the Ombudsman against two city councilors for allegedly maintaining ghost employees in their offices.
In a press statement by the mayor’s office, Binay identified the councilors as Ferdinand Eusebio and Divine Jacome.
She revealed that Eusebio had been accused by a major contractor of allegedly demanding kickbacks, gifts and favors during the term of former mayor Junjun.
The contractor, Armando Khong Hun, has filed a formal complaint against Eusebio before the National Bureau of Investigation for alleged violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the mayor’s statement averred.
In the case of Jacome, the mayor said several witnesses have come forward to reveal that around 20 individuals had been designated as Community Affairs Assistants II but the ATM cards of these individuals are allegedly in the possession of the councilor.
The mayor also accused majority of Makati’s councilors of holding hostage the legislative agenda of the city government to push their own political interests.
“Due to their change of support, vital matters pending in the City Council are being used as leverage by the councilors against me,” she said. “But they should realize that what they are doing is a gross disservice to our Makatizens.”
The mayor also said several councilors broke away with her administration, including Eusebio and Jacome.
“They learned that I have received credible information on their nefarious activities, so they opted to create political drama as a smokescreen,” she said.