As far as Vice President Jejomar Binay is concerned, he did not receive kickbacks from the reported overpriced Makati office and parking building, or any Makati project.In his statement Binay said: “In the name of God and men, I can say that I did not receive nor asked for money from projects done in Makati.’
He said that his former vice-mayor, Ernesto Mercado, is lying to lawmakers in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing on the supposed overpriced building. He added that Mercado’s revelations are part of a script made by his detractors.
He said one reason why Mercado got fdefeated during 2010 mayoral elections is because he did not tell the truth.
"Puro kasinungalingan ang sinabi ni Mr. Mercado. Noon pa mang kumandidato siya sa Makati kung saan siya ay natalo ay ganyan na ang kanyang mga sinasabi. Puro walang batayan at walang katotohanan. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit siya natalo. Kilala siya ng mga taga-Makati na sinungaling at gumagawa ng kwento," the vice-president said.
In Mercado’s testimony, he confirmed that he himself received kickbacks during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the building project, which allegedly cost over P2.2 billion.
When the former vice mayor was asked if Binay also got kickbacks from the building project, he said: "Kung ang vice-mayor nakinabang, siguro mas higit nakinabang ang mayor dito."
"Imposibleng hindi nakinabang ang aking mayor. Yun po ang kalakaran."
Mercado, was Binay’s vice-mayor from 2007-2010, admitted that he was surprised when the controversial building costs P2.7 billion.
He said that during his term, the project was first pegged at P1.7 billion.
article source: abs cbn news