Binay sues Mercado for libel once again
VICE President Jejomar Binay filed on Friday another libel complaint against former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado before the Makati City prosecutor’s office.
The new libel case is aimed at proving that Mercado lied and maliciously, falsely and feloniously accused the vice president of extorting condominum units from developers amounting to 60-70 percent of all the condominium buildings in Makati, Binay’s lawyer Claro Certeza said.
“This claim has been publicly belied by the developers themselves. It only shows that Mercado is a pathological liar and has zero credibility,” he said.
SM Development Corp., Megaworld Corp., Robinsons Land Corp., Rockwell Land Corp., and Eton Properties released separate statements denying they gave condominium units to Binay or members of his family.
“The series of libel complaints filed by the vice president shows his commitment to answer and refute the accusations against him in the proper forum in accordance with the rule of law,” Certeza said.
In the vice president’s complaint-affidavit, he noted that Ariel Olivar—whom Mercado accused of being Binay’s dummy for his alleged unit in The Peak Tower—admitted that he received his instructions from Mercado himself.
During the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing on Jan. 22, Olivar admitted he never met Binay and it was Mercado who asked that the Peak Tower unit be placed under his name.
The unit under Olivar’s name is the same as the unit where Mercado’s former live-in partner, Racquel Ambrosio, was found dead in 2002.