MANILA — Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado vows to push through with testifying for a graft case involving former Makati mayor Elenita Binay.
For the first time, former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado faced the witness stand to testify for a graft case involving former Makati mayor Elenita Binay.
The case stemmed from Makati City Hall’s allegedly anomalous purchase of equipment worth P72.6 million.
Mercado said his testimony against Mrs. Binay has nothing to do with the ongoing rift between their families.
He said he just wants to tell what he knows about the issue.
“This will continue. This is not against the Binays. My testimony is about what happened in the COA report. It’s not right to say it’s against the Binays because we are not enemies. We are not fighting here,” said former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
In his testimony, Mercado stated that the then Mayor Jejomar Binay ordered him to coordinate with the auditing team of the Commission on Audit (COA).
After the release of the COA report, Mr. Binay ordered him anew to talk to former city administrator Nicanor Santiago.
The witness noted during that time, the elder Binay realized the release of the COA report will result into filing of charges.
It was in 2014 when the former vice mayor saw the report again during his meeting with then Makati City administrator Nicanor Santiago.
Mercado said Santiago told him to give the document to then COA Commissioner Mendoza.
But Mercado said the audit report was only handed to Mendoza in August 2014 during the first Senate hearing on case of the Makati City Hall parking building.
He noted that when he gave the document to Mendoza, the commissioner hugged it and told him – “Thank you Mr. Mercado, you are my saviour.”
On May 17, the defense will question the statement Mercado made in today’s hearing . — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
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