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    Philippine senator’s family harassed?

    THE lawyer of the family of Philippine Sen. Nancy Binay on Wednesday described as “pure harassment” the decision made by the Special Prosecutor Office in an "Omnibus Motion" asking the graft court to admit an "Amended Information" that would include the lawmaker’s mother.
    The case against Dr. Elenita Binay as an additional accused stemmed from a complaint filed during her term as mayor of Makati City.
    Lawyer Felicitas Arroyo said the 10-year-old case which is being revived against Dr. Binay was already dismissed by the Ombudsman in 2011 for insufficiency of evidence.
    As this developed, Senator Binay appealed to groups adversarial to their family to spare her mother from the political circus.
    "They should not utilize my mother in crippling our family,” the senator appealed.
    Arroyo said ten years after the filing of the complaint against Dr. Binay before the Ombudsman in 2003 and more than two years after the complaint was dismissed, the Office of the Special Prosecutor suddenly decided to charge her in court and overturn the previous dismissal based on the same set of facts and evidence.
    The lawyer said Dr. Binay was surprised to receive in her home a registered mail from the Office of the Special Prosecutor containing a court motion designated as "Omnibus Motion and Compliance" dated January 15, 2014.
    The said motion, Arroyo said, was filed by Assistant Special Prosecutor II Arieta P. Say before the Third Division of the graft court.
    Senator Binay likewise scored the "surreptitious resurrection" of the dismissed complaint against her mother, noting that the timing was given the high approval and trust ratings of her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
    "We are not aware that the whole time our family is being monitored and watched by Big Brother. It's not fair to use my mom in the demolition job against the Vice President. Please, spare her," the senator said.
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