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Mercado testifies in a Binay trial for the first time

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado testifies on a Commission on Audit report

Ernesto Mercado: I was in a hotel-casino for a meeting, not to gamble

Mar 07, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The Binay ally turned foe admits he gambles from time to time but says he only uses his own money

ACCUSER. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado appears before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on January 22. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Nancy Binay to ask DOJ: Why is Ernesto Mercado at casinos?

Mar 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

UPDATED The senator says she herself saw the ex Makati vice mayor leaving a casino and wants a clarification from the DOJ

After Senate probe, Binay critic pushes witness protection review

Jan 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado says whistleblowers face a number of risks including death threats and failure to financially support their families

STAR WITNESS. Former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado was a key witness during the Senate's investigation into the corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay. File photo by Rappler

Makati court: Full-blown trial of Binay's suit vs critics 'necessary'

Jan 14, 2016 - 7:58 PM

UPDATED Judge Elpidio Calis of Makati RTC Branch 133 denies the motions of the Vice President s critics to dismiss the P200 million damage suit against them

TWO-WAY RULING? The latest decision of the Makati RTC over Vice President Jejomar Binay's damage suit against his detractors may or may not work in his favor. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Binays' Makati receives governance awards despite corruption charges

Dec 25, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Makati s programs that became controversial in 2015 had in fact been recognized in past years by government agencies including Mar Roxas DILG

WHAT'S NEW? Same faces and the same controversies define the year that was for Makati.

Jejomar Binay's greatest challenge

Dec 23, 2015 - 9:45 AM

His camp says Binay s core of supporters has remained solid despite all the mud thrown at him in 2015

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Trillanes to Binay: Explain money, not technicality

Dec 07, 2015 - 6:16 PM

Senator Trillanes says of the AMLC petition for civil forfeiture against Binay: Why do you have billions in the first place? Don t say you can t be sued

'FINDINGS AFFIRMED.' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the AMLC petition for civil forfeiture against Vice President Binay vindicates the Senate probe that has been suspended since August. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Alphaland execs file libel case vs whistle-blower Ernesto Mercado

Oct 14, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Roberto Ongpin and Mario Oreta of Alphaland jointly file a libel complaint against former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado for his allegedly malicious statements

LIBELOUS? Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado faces a new libel complaint from Alphaland executives. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Daughter of Binay's accuser says she's ready to serve Makati

Oct 12, 2015 - 7:46 PM

Karla Mercado says she wants to become vice mayor just like her father to be of service to the people of Makati

TANDEM. Karla Mercado is acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña's running mate for the 2016 elections. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

VLOG: Acting Mayor Kid Peña files CoC for Makati mayor

Oct 12, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado s daughter will be his running mate

Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Kid Peña picks Ernesto Mercado’s daughter as vice in Makati polls

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Acting Mayor Kid Peña says he will run for mayor under the Liberal Party with Karla Mercado as his running mate

PEÑA-MERCADO TANDEM. Acting Mayor Kid Peña (left), who is running for mayor in Makati, is getting Ernesto Mercado's (middle) daughter, Karla (right), as his vice mayor candidate. Photo of Mercados from Karla Mercado's Facebook account

DOJ orders probe to verify Mercado’s link with Reyes brothers

Oct 07, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado is allegedly among the business associates the Reyes brothers made contact with while they were hiding from police

PROBE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima wants the Witness Protection Program to investigate the claims that former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado had been in contact with Mario and Joel Reyes while they were evading arrest.

VP Binay files 2nd libel complaint vs Ernesto Mercado

Sep 18, 2015 - 5:20 PM

This series of libel complaints filed by the Vice President shows his commitment to answer and refute the accusations against him in the proper forum the VP s lawyer says

Rappler file photo by Alecs Ongcal

Binay files libel complaints vs Trillanes, Mercado

Sep 10, 2015 - 5:43 PM

Unscrupulous individuals have conspired to politically assassinate me by blatantly and publicly maligning my good name and reputation says the VP

NEW SUIT. Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) files libel cases against former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado (middle) and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (right). File photos by Rappler

Binay camp defends Makati program for senior citizens

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:29 PM

UPDATED Joey Salgado spokesperson for the Vice President calls Makati Action Center head Arthur Cruto s Senate testimony a demolition through PowerPoint

REBUTTAL. Joey Salgado slams Arthur Cruto's testimony, saying that Makati senior citizens receive benefits personally. File photos by Rappler

Running for Makati mayor? History shows odds will be against Kid Peña

Aug 06, 2015 - 1:34 PM

Three former vice mayors of Makati City all lost to a Binay when they ran for mayor

HIS TIME TO SHINE? The odds will be against acting Makati City Mayor Kid Peña should he decide to run as mayor in 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler  Mark Cristino

Kid Peña: New appointments 'beneficial' for Makati

Jul 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña says the newly designated OICs of the city hospital and university are qualified and have untarnished records

A NEW OIC. Acting Mayor Kid Peña (right) appoints Dr. Danilo Anastacio (left) as new OIC of OsMak. Photo from Makati ICRD

Binay sues Ombudsman, senators for P200M

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:54 PM

This is for all these concerted actions of all groups that contributed to destroying the VP says Binay s lawyer Claro Certeza

'STRIKING BACK.' Binay's lawyer Claro Certeza says the damage suit was the Vice President's way of getting back at his critics. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Binay: Signatures don't mean I approved bid rigging

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:13 PM

In a counter affidavit filed with the Ombudsman Vice President Jejomar Binay says he might question the authenticity of his signatures on the Makati Science High School documents

FAKE SIGNATURES? Vice President Binay says he might question the authenticity of his signatures on the Makati Science High School documents. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Senators outraged by 'Binay dummy' land deal

Jul 07, 2015 - 7:53 PM

How come the one benefiting is not a landless person but someone rich who became even richer? says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III of Erlinda Chong who paid P17 million in 1999 for a property now valued at roughly P1 billion

STILL UNCONVINCED. Senator Trillanes dismisses the Chongs' denial that they are dummies of Vice President Binay. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

COA questions Boy Scouts deal with Alphaland

Jun 13, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Resident auditors are eyeing ‘negligence’ on the part of BSP officials

Senate report: Study forfeiture of 'Hacienda Binay'

Jun 02, 2015 - 10:16 AM

The subcommittee believes that Vice President Binay owns the Kew gardens like Rosario Batangas property and wants it forfeited

'KEW GARDENS' IN BATANGAS. A screenshot  of a slide presented at the Senate probe.

Senate report: Binay 'milked' Makati building of P1.38B

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:08 AM

The subcommittee believes that there was a grand conspiracy to milk the construction of the Makati parking building for every peso it could yield

'AMLC must probe Binay dollar accounts in '90s'

May 28, 2015 - 7:25 PM

Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado says: I can t see where VP Binay gets the gall to say he only has 5 bank accounts He is too forgetful

UNDISCOVERED ACCOUNTS. Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado shows bank records of VP Binay's supposed foreign accounts. Slide from Mercado's Powerpoint presentation

Junjun Binay's income, bank deals don't match

May 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM

A Court of Appeals resolution says the Makati Mayor s bank transactions are disproportionate to his net worth

BANK TRANSACTIONS. The Anti-Money Laundering Council notes ‘at least 78 large transactions and five notable transactions’ in bank accounts under Mayor Jejomar Binay’s name. Rappler file photo

AMLC: Binay et al moved large sums of US dollars

May 14, 2015 - 1:15 AM

UPDATED Considerable amounts of US dollars were transferred from the Philippines to Canada during the years that two controversial buildings were being constructed in Makati City says the Court of Appeals resolution

QUESTIONABLE TRANSACTIONS? Five of Vice President Jejomar Binay's accounts are slapped a freeze order by the Court of Appeals, citing an Anti-Money Laundering Council report. Rappler file photo

Binay ‘dummies’ closing accounts since Senate probe

May 13, 2015 - 11:48 AM

The Court of Appeals says it is urgent to freeze 242 bank accounts and investments of Vice President Jejomar Binay his family and his alleged dummies

SUSPICIOUS. A copy of the appeals court resolution circulated by former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado cites findings of the Anti-Money Laundering Council that Vice President Jejomar Binay, his family and alleged dummies had ‘large and frequent’ bank transactions from 2008 to 2014. Rappler file photo

Makati Home Ville: Where lies the truth?

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Many of the residents actually agree that their life is better at Makati Home Ville

THE NEXT PHASE. The housing units at Phase 3 of the relocation site are completed only 4 years after the first relocatees arrive in Makati Home Ville.

The secret to Binay's success

Apr 12, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Yearly Christmas bonanzas help the Binays remain in power

VP Binay saddened by Roxas’ rejection of VP offer

Apr 11, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Binay s spokesman says that in making the offer the Vice President simply wanted to stress the need for healing and unity Roxas had previously said he would never ally himself with those on the crooked path

A Mormon church, Binay dummies, and a land scam

Mar 18, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The two dissenting opinions of two Ombudsman higher ups on the purchase by Erlinda Chong of the Comembo property were singularly overturned by Ombudsman Aniano Desierto

How a Binay dummy got a P1B Makati property

Mar 17, 2015 - 1:41 PM

A complaint filed with the Ombudsman in 1999 alleges that the DENR colluded with alleged Binay dummy Erlinda Chong and Meriras Realty Development Corporation for the sale of public land to Chong herself

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Who is Erlinda Chong?

Mar 17, 2015 - 12:00 PM

An alleged dummy of the Vice President, Erlinda Chong is a native of Sorsogon province. She is married to Chinese national Man Bun Chong.

Kim Henares: Binay ally evaded taxes

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:55 PM

BIR chief Kim Henares says Alphaland president Mario Oreta should have paid income tax for the 5 he supposedly got from the BSP Alphaland deal

TAX EVASION? BIR Commissioner Kim Henares says Alphaland President Mario Oreta may be liable for tax evasion. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Shadows over Binay’s leadership of Boy Scouts

Mar 07, 2015 - 9:00 AM

In June the BSP will elect a new set of officers amid crisis

HIGHLIGHTS: Senate hearing on the Makati City Hall building

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:18 AM

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee continues its investigation on the alleged overpricing of Makati City hall parking building

PODCAST: Junjun Binay in jail is open warfare – Bondal

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:03 PM

Since launching the offensive against the Binays Bondal says he has been receiving death threats which he takes seriously

Alphaland, Bobby Ongpin sue Ernesto Mercado

Jan 27, 2015 - 5:39 PM

Alphaland says it is determined to ensure that Mercado will suffer the strongest penalties provided by law for making malicious and baseless accusations

SUED. Alphaland and its Chairman Bobby Ongpin sue former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado (in photo) after it accused the company of giving Vice President Jejomar Binay kickbacks from a land deal. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino

Binay: 'The people have accepted my explanation'

Jan 24, 2015 - 6:17 PM

After leading the launch of the Movement for National Discipline at Rizal Park Vice President Jejomar Binay says in a media interview that he has said enough to disprove his accusers

PUBLIC SATISFACTION? Vice President Jejomar Binay believes he has said enough to disprove his critics.

Binay: 'Gambling' Mercado likely took BSP’s P200M

Jan 24, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay says he’s willing to ‘forgive’ his erstwhile friend – so long as he admits all of his testimonies were lies

PROBE CONTINUES. Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee chair Senator Koko Pimentel talks to former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado before the start of the continuation of the hearing on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey Makati parking building, January 22, 2015. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB   ALBERTCALVELO

Boy Scouts: No truth to kickback claims vs Binay

Jan 23, 2015 - 3:20 PM

In a statement released through the Office of the Vice President the BSP says ‘it believes that all these are tainted with politics and the BSP will not allow politics to destroy it’

NO KICKBACKS. The Boy Scouts of the Philippines denies claims its National President Vice President Jejomar Binay earned from a land deal with Alphaland. OVP file photo

PODCAST: Makati will be wiped out – Mercado

Jan 23, 2015 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED In this Rappler podcast the former Makati vice mayor says that once probable cause is established city officials from the mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay all the way to councilors can be suspended from office

ACCUSER. Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado appears before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on January 22. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay witness surfaces, China's reclamation, Japanese ISIS hostages | The wRap

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Another alleged Binay dummy surfaces Photos show China’s massive reclamation on a West Philippine Sea reef The clock ticks for Japanese ISIS hostages

Beyond Makati: Senate resumes Binay probe

Jan 22, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee resumes its probe into charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay

Rappler file photo

Binay ‘dummy’ for Makati condo surfaces

Jan 22, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Engineer Ariel Olivar tells a Senate panel that Vice President Jejomar Binay is the real owner of a condominium unit at the Peak Tower in Makati City

'BINAY DUMMY.' Engineer Ariel Olivar appears before a Senate panel probing allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay on January 22, 2015.

FAST FACTS: The Boy Scouts of the Philippines

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:39 PM

National presidents used to hold the BSP post for only two years but Binay has held on to the position for close to two decades Why is it of interest?

MEMORIAL. Scouts commemorated in the 2013 Scout Memorial Day the 20 Boy Scouts and 4 scoutmasters who died in a plane crash in 1963. Photo by Leanne Jazul

Trillanes: Where Binay goes, anomalies follow

Jan 22, 2015 - 1:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay appoints people he can control to key positions says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PROBE RESUMES. (Background to foreground) Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Aquilino Pimentel III and Alan Peter Cayetano during the Thursday, January 22 Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappelr

Did Binay use Boy Scout funds for 2010 bid?

Jan 22, 2015 - 8:37 AM

After a hiatus Vice President Jejomar Binay s demons continue to haunt him He is accused of getting close to P200 million in 2010 from a deal between Alphaland and BSP of which he is national president

Beyond Makati: Senate's Binay probe resumes

Jan 22, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Will January 22 be the start of another annus horribilis horrible year for Vice President Jejomar Binay?

3-MAN PROBE.Senators Antonio Trillanes IV (seated, left), Senator Alan Peter Cayetano (standing, middle) and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (seated, right) lead the Senate probe into corruption allegations against Binay. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler