Ex- Makati vice-mayor now a whistle-blower Ernesto Mercado revealed Wednesday that a P15.6 million log cabin in a plush residential community in Tagaytay is owned by Vice President Jejomar Binay. However, the latest claims was denied by Binay’s spokesman.
Showing before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing in investigating the supposed overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II, Mercado said the P15.6 million property was purchased by the vice president when he was still mayor of Makati.
He added that the home is not shown in Binay’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.
Binay’s camp has categorically denied owning the Tagaytay property.
A set of documents was also revealed by Mercado. They were billing statements and receipts from the Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club.
Mercado said the billing statements and receipts had the signatures of no less than Binay’s wife, Elenita, and his daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay.
He said that these documents can prove that the Binay family really owns the Tagaytay property.
”Ang pumirma dyan eh si Dra. Elenita Binay, na asawa ni Mayor Jejomar Binay, na ngayon eh bise presidente ng ating bansa. Sunod-sunod ang billing na iyan at sunod-sunod ang mga resibo,” he said.
”Hindi ko po alam kung paanong pasisinungalingan iyan ng ating bise presidente. Sa mga exclusive na lugar na ganyan, para magkaroon ng pribilehiyo ng magamit ang clubhouse, kailangan eh meron kang unit."
Apart from the Tagaytay property and membership to its golf club, Mercado said Binay also has shares in the Makati Sports Club and Manila Polo Club.
He also stated that these are not disclosed in the vice-president’s SALNs.
Mercado narrated that here was a time when Binay allegedly wrote a note in one of the billing statements for the Makati Sports Club, which read ”Bakit may utang tayo? Please find time and go to Makati Sports Club."
Mercado said the note was for Ebeng, the nickname of Binay’s alleged former executive assistant, Eduviges Baloloy.
Coming to the defense of the vice president, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, called Mercado’s allegations as "baseless and malicious."
"A billing statement is not proof of ownership as claimed by Mr. Mercado especially when the authenticity of the signatures can be disputed. Until now Mr. Mercado cannot provide documents proving actual ownership and the company mentioned has already denied having any records of ownership."
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