MANILA – The Supreme Court Third Division has junked the petition of former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay questioning her inclusion as respondent in a graft case in connection with the purchase of allegedly overpriced hospital beds and bedside cabinets in 2001. Binay is one of 16 Makati officials facing a graft charge before the Sandiganbayan over the P36-million payment to a supplier who promised to provide US-made beds and cabinets to Ospital ng Makati. The Commission on Audit found that the purchase did not go through public bidding and the beds and cabinets were actually made in Taiwan worth only P2.5 million. While she was not included in the initial 15 respondents indicted by the Overall Deputy Ombudsman, the Office of the Special Prosecutor recommended her inclusion citing her “extensive and active participation” in the procurement as local chief executive.  At the time, Binay, wife of former Vice President and long-time Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, was the city’s chief executive.  Binay questioned the Ombudsman’s ruling before the high court.   In a decision dated August 18, the SC said Binay could not seek the reversal of the Ombudsman’s ruling on a petition for ...