In seeking court nod to go to Italy, Binay cites spiritual needs, claims he’s ‘highly respected’
Former Vice President Jejomar Binay has asked the Sandiganbayan to leave the country from September 28 to October 2013 to go on a pilgrimage in Italy.
In his recent 5-page motion, Binay cited the “necessity… to travel to Italy for his spiritual endeavors.”
“It is very important to note that [Binay] is a devout Catholic who places great importance to his spiritual health,” the motion argued.
Binay also claimed he would not be a flight risk because “he is a highly-respected citizen of the country.”
He would travel specifically to the cities of Rome, Assisi, Padua, Venice, Turin and Florence.
Binay currently faces charges before the court’s Third and Fifth Divisions in connection with the allegedly rigged procurement for the P2.29-billion Makati City Hall carpark building and the P1.35-billion Makati Science High School projects.