Binay accuser charged with plunder

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A private complainant on Tuesday filed a plunder complaint against former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado for receiving bribes amounting to P80 million from the construction of the controversial Makati City Hall Building 2.

The complaint was filed by Louis Biraogo at the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Why is it that everyone of consequence in Makati City Hall at the time of the construction of the building is now facing charges while Vice Mayor Mercado remains free?” Biraogo asked.

When he appeared before the Senate blue ribbon committee that is investigating the allegedly questionable construction of the Makati building last year, Mercado admitted receiving P80 million in bribes when he was vice mayor.


He said Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was then the mayor of Makati City (Metro Manila), may have received a bigger amount.

“As I had said in the previous hearing, I obtained a benefit from the Makati Parking Building. And as I had said in that hearing, if the vice mayor obtained such a benefit, I believe that the mayor had a bigger benefit,” Biraogo quoted Mercado in the complaint.

“What sort of benefit did I derive? Mayor Jojo Binay and Engineer Morales promised to give me the amount of P120 million for the campaign of our entire political party.

But the actual amount I received, on a piecemeal series, reached a total of P80 million,” Mercado was further quoted.

Jojo is the nickname of the Vice President and Engineer Morales’ first name is Nelson.

Biraogo said he has no connections with Binay, against whom Mercado testified.
Mercado has been placed under the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice.

“Hindi po tayo namumulitika. May nakikita akong mali, may nagsabi na nagnakaw siya ni walang gumagalaw para iyang kamalian na ‘yan ay matuwid [We are not politicking. Somebody has admitted to stealing but nobody does something to make that person answerable to the crime],” Biraogo said.

The complainant also sought the forfeiture of the money in favor of the government.

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4 Comments

  1. Dapat na sigurong tanggalin ang Witness Protection Program. Nagagamit lang ito para lalong maging corrupt ang isang politico. Ang nagiging mindset kasi ng mga ito, ituloy lang ang pangungurakot, pag nagkabistuhan tatraydurin lang nila yung mga kasama nila at libre na sila sa mga kaso hindi pa babawiin sa kanila mga nanakaw nila.

  2. The Binay camp should stopthis plunder complaint against Mercadop. First, t will give Marcado a legal platform to further present evidence against Binay, and he has plenty. Second, as a witness w/in the WPP, he has immunity. TheBonay camp should move to quash tis case.,

  3. bakit si binay eh untouchable. patonpatong ang accusations eh bakit hindi nakasampa sa sndigan bayan ang kaso niya eh may evidencia din….

    hahahahahaah more fun in Phils. politics.