De Lima meets with VP Binay’s accusers


Justice Secretary Leila De Lima pushed through with her plan to meet with the accusers of Vice President Jejomar Binay, namely former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, Atty. Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso VI on Thursday at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

De Lima said this is part of the steps she is taking as she mulls ordering the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the vice president in view of allegations by the group of Mercado that Binay and his family, along with their alleged cohorts, pocketed huge sums of money from rigged Makati City government projects.

Unperturbed by attacks from the camp of Binay that she is exercising “selective justice” for allegedly only running after members of the opposition while sparing the allies of President Benigno S. Aquino III, De Lima has repeatedly said that the DOJ and the NBI cannot turn a “blind eye nor a deaf ear” on allegations as grave as the ones hurled against the Binays.

While she acknowledges that the vice president may only be removed from office through impeachment, she has repeatedly stressed that Binay is not immune from investigation.

After the meeting, which lasted for less than an hour, a video and photo opportunity was granted to media men.However, Mercado, Bondal and Enciso, all of whom are under the DOJ’s Witness Protection Program (WPP), were prohibited from issuing statements. PNA


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  1. Eliseo jr. Tenza on

    The camp of VP Binay should be glad that DOJ is getting involved in the investigation because the truth will now come out. VP Binay’s camp has always claimed that the accusation are only politically motivated. That there are no proof on these allegations.So Binay s camp should be happy. But they are now questioning the involvement of DOJ.

  2. Binay should be submitted himself to Senate to erase all doubt, because his fear to face sounds seem his guilty of those accusation if found baseless later own, look at the time of VP Noli de Castro. He always answer the questionable accusation being poked to him. Binay makes himself incredible and not credible. 2016 is near still I’m undecided whom to vote but I bye time to know whose. Mr Clean next Presidential derby. For me seems, Trillanes, Cayetano , Poe, Robredo, Santos, and de Lima seem name that can be trusted in choosing the next President. No tarnish image or accuse of illegal wealth or tainted of corruption. Binay appeal losing daily as his integrity is questionable, and mudslinging is going slowly destroying his image of a good leader. Binay need to answer and resolve quick as our organization slowly changing our support to other candidate. But before we sincerely feel that his a good man because of helping hand to the OFWS but with the corruption he being investigated, he lost much respect.