Morales, Hechanova ‘proteges’ of Mercado

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Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, the spokesperson for political concerns of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said former Makati city engineer Nelson Morales and Mario Hechanova were protégés of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and not the Vice President.

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“Ask any Makati city government official, City Engineer Nelson Morales and Mario Hechanova were known protégés of Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, not the Vice President,” he said in a press statement on Thursday.

Remulla said what Hechanova said in his testimony was his own conclusion and that he gave no direct evidence.

“Hechanova conveniently uses the name of a dead person – Engineer Morales – knowing fully well that the person cannot attest if his statement is true or not. Such a statement not backed by evidence will not stand in a court of law but in a kangaroo court where such a statement, no matter how ridiculous or false, is encouraged,” he said.

“Any doubt that the hearing is being used as a venue for character assassination and political demolition has been erased by the appearance of Hechanova and the wild conclusions immediately made by Senator Trillanes and Senator Cayetano,” he added.

Remulla said Hechanova should be charged for also admitting to doing an illegal act.

“It is known in Makati that the ex-vice mayor, city engineer and Mario Hechanova were rigging the bidding, especially for infrastructure,” hes aid.

Remulla had earlier said they expect a former purchasing officer of Makati, who is a protégé of Mercado, to appear at the Senate hearing and show spurious and questionable documents against the Vice President.

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