MANILA (Mabuhay) – Engineer Mario Hechanova, who claimed to have received allowances from Vice President Jejomar Binay to rig Makati projects, is taking the Senate’s suggestion to join the witness protection program.
“I’m not saying [he will kill me himself]. It could be that within his organization, his machinery, there may be someone. The Vice President wants to run for President. In order that his name will not be ruined, they would have me silenced,” Hechanova said.
Hechanova admitted that he has not received any death threats, but quickly added: “We all know the politics in the Philippines.”
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, dismissed Hechanova’s claims.
“The Vice President already said Hechanova is part of the political theater,” Remulla said, adding that it is Hechanova who has a lot of explaining to do.
“It’s about time that the Bureau of Internal Revenue take cognizance of [Hechanova’s case], if he has been paying taxes,” he said.
Hechanova, the former head of the general services department, which he held from 2005 to 2009, had said that he received a monthly P200,000 allowance to rig the bidding of Makati projects.
“I did not question anymore this rule in Makati. I was just told that if I remain a good boy, money will come my way… Who would not want his life to prosper?” he said.
He alleged that corruption is “already the character of Makati” and admitted “being sucked into the system.” (MNS)