Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

Vice President Jejomar Binay (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado presented before the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee pictures and an aerial survey of the alleged 350-hectare property of Vice President Jejomar Binay in Rosario, Batangas, worth P1.2 billion.

He said the property has a mansion with British palace garden, a mansion with resort pool, 40-car garage and staffhouse, imported orchid farm, air-conditioned piggery, fighting cock farm, man-made lagoon, among others.

Also, he said the properties were all developed by Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation, which was also the general contractor of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building II.

Moreover, Mercado said Hilmarc’s was forced to overprice the projects it entered with the Makati City government to cover for the amount Engr. Efren Canlas, Hilmarc’s chairman of the board and incorporator, shelled out for the construction of the properties in Batangas.

Lahat ng development dun si [Engr. Canlas]  ang gumawa. Kaya lahat ng ginagawa niya sa Makati ay overpriced dahil dyan,” Mercado said.

On Wednesday,  VP Binay’s camp denied that he owns a nine-hectare property in Rosario town, which Mercado claimed at Wednesday’s the Senate hearing to be 350 hectares.

In a press statement, Joey Salgado, Binay’s media affairs chief, said they expect the Vice President’s detractors to present before the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee proof of the said property.

“The detractors will show photos, aerial photos, of the said property, an amateurish attempt to do a repeat of the ‘Purisima’ expose,” he said.

He said based on records, the lessor of the property is Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp., operator of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park.

“The facilities and amenities mentioned by Mr. Mercado like the mansion, pool and garden are not owned by the Binays or JCB Farms. These were facilities and amenities constructed by the original owner, Mr. Laureano Gregorio, in the area where the farm is a lessee,” he said.

He added that as for Agri-Fortuna, Laureano Gregorio owns 97.4 percent of the shares. The other shareholders collectively own 3 percent. (MNS)