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