Binay camp says Mercado’s claims baseless

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THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday described as baseless the allegations of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado that Binay received kickbacks when he was the mayor of Makati City.

“Like the former general services head Mario Hechanova, Mercado conveniently used the name of a dead person to make malicious and baseless allegations against the Vice President and his family. They should stop using the name of a dead person, in the process hurting his family who are still grieving from his death a year ago,” Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, said in a statement.

He was referring to former city engineer Nelson Morales, who was killed in Legazpi City, Albay.

Mercado said Binay and Morales promised him P120 million in campaign funds.


“As we have said before, such a statement not backed by evidence will not stand in a court of law but only in a kangaroo court where judgment has been rendered even before the hearing started,” Remulla said.

Sen. Nancy Binay, the Vice President’s daughter, also denied Mercado’s allegations, saying senators are allowing the Senate to be used in spreading falsehoods and lies.

“It is sad that we all have to go through these just because my father wants to continue to serve the people,” she said, referring to the Vice President’s plan to run for President in 2016.

The senator said Mercado concocted stories to destroy the good image of their family.

Also on Thursday, the blue ribbon sub-committee that is investigating the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 invited the Vice President to appear in the next hearing to shed light on the controversy.

The panel also summoned Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, the Vice President’s son.

Members of the Senate minority refused to participate in Thursday’s hearing.
The opposition’s absence left only three of the 17-member panel to conduct the proceedings.

Earlier, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito declared that they will no longer attend the inquiry because their continued participation only lends credence to the process.

The senator expressed belief that the blue ribbon hearing on the controversial Makati City building is politically motivated.

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  1. Binay Camp (Remulla as spokesman) initially stated that there’s 100% NO CORRUPTION IN MAKATI. After the testimony of Mercado on Morales as the official bagman of Binay, Remulla accused Morales as a member of the Triumvirate of Corruption together with Mercado and Hechanova. Now he’s defending the dead person after he realized he made a big blunder since Morales still continue to be the bagman of Binay up to his death in 2012, two or three years after Mercado and Hechanova had a falling out with Jejomar Binay. Which is which now Remulla: IS THERE CORRUPTION OR NO CORRUPTION IN MAKATI?
    This is what appaled me. HOW CAN A PARENT BE SO CALLOUS AND AT THE SAME TIME CASUAL TO THEIR CHILDREN IN FEEDING THEM WITH THE IMMORALITY OF CORRUPTION? ENRILE, ESTRADA, BINAY, REVILLA, CORONA, NAPOLES, MERCADO, MORALES, HECHANOVA, JUSTICE CARPIO, GUTTIEREZ, ARROYO, PEREZ .ETC……. I believe we need a LEE KUAN YEW FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS to cleanse our society of this CANCER called CORRUPTION.

  2. may mga papeles na ba na nakita na nagpapatunay na nagnakaw ang mga binay?puro lng dakdak..!kaming mga ordinaryong mga mamamayan gusto ng solid na ebidensya…ipakita nyo na….kung hindi mas lalong tataas ang rating ni binay dahil parang kinakawawa sila….saan na ang mga papeles na magpapatunay na kumita sila? bakit puro lng salita….?

  3. Kung totoo man yang akusasyon nila kay VP Binay impeach nila si Binay pero huwag ilihis ang mga isyu ng DAP at PDAF ng mga congressman at senators. Sana magbago na ang lahat para sa ating mga pamilya at kapwa tao.

  4. Pagbasehan na lang kung saan nakuha ng mga binay ang kanilang mga pera.Sapat ba ang Kanilang mga suweldo at nagkaron sila ng malalaking Bahay?

  5. Sino ba naman magnanakaw ang gagawa ng krimen na magiiwan ng ebidensiya siyempre yan mga binay sasabihin nila wala makukuha sa kanila ebidensiya.Sintido comon lang magkano ba ang suweldo ng Binay na yan ?Papano sila nakapagpatayo ng malalaking bahay at gaano ba ang kalaki ang suweldo ng mga yan?

  6. Eliseo Jr. P.Tenza on

    PILIPINAS, itong pagnanakaw ng ating salaping ibinayad sa buwis ay hindi lamang sa Makati nangyayari bagkos sa buong Pilipinas, sa lahat ng siyudad at pamahalaan ng probinsiya. Kung may nalalaman kayong katiwalian sa inyong mga lugar, siyudad at probinsiya, isuplong ninyo kay Sen. Trillanes, Sen. Pimentel, Sen. Cayetano, at kay
    Sen. Miriam Santiago. Huwag nating palampasin ang pagkakataong ito na mayroon tayong mga Senador na nais linisin ang Pilipinas. Dapat mahinto ang pagnanakaw ng ating napakahirap kitaing salapi. Kahit na hindi na nakaupo sa puwesto ang magnanakaw na opisyal, bastat may katibayan kayo, isuplong sa sinasabing mga Senador. LINISIN ANG PILIPINAS.

  7. This is the same line of defense used by JPE, Jingopy and Bopng Revilla prompting Binay to claim the case against the 3 are weak. They are seeking signed vouchers and photographs to show they are accepting the bribe. If that will exonerate them, none would be jailed for accepting bribe and graft.

  8. I believe that the senate investigation on Makati Parking Building should not only cover the corruption in Makati as CORRUPTIONS ARE SOP to all local governments from provincial, city or municipal and barangay, KUNG MERON KOTONG COPS MERON DIN ANG LAHAT NG KOTONG LGU’S HINDI LANG SA MAKATONG-TONG SYNDYCATES. DI BA BAYAN?