“I will be the next president” is perhaps what Philippine’s Vice President Jejomar Binay is telling U.S. President Barrack Obama as he welcomes the U.S. president upon his arrival at an airport in Manila April 28, 2014. (MNS photo)

“I will be the next president” is perhaps what Philippine’s Vice President Jejomar Binay is telling U.S. President Barrack Obama as he welcomes the U.S. president upon his arrival at an airport in Manila April 28, 2014. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay received 13 percent kickback in every contract for projects entered into by the Makati City government during his incumbency as mayor, former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado told the Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday.

During the hearing, Mercado said the 13 percent is divided into three portions – one for Mayor Junjun Binay, Binay’s son who was then a councilor; another for a certain Ebeng, supposedly Binay’s assistant; and another for Gerry Limlingan, Binay’s finance officer.

He said he personally delivered the money to the three.

Binay, a strong contender in the 2016 presidential elections, and his son have been named respondents in a plunder complaint in connection with the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

Mercado said the money was placed in three different bags. He said the portion for Junjun Binay was for their family while the portion for Limlingan was for Binay’s vice presidential bid.

He said the amount of the money depended on the collections they got.

Depende sa koleksyon, sa voucher na nakukolekta. P1.5 million to P2 million ang minimum. Minsan umaabot din sa P10 million ang isang bag,” Mercado said.

Money was delivered two or three times a week, Mercado said, although there were months when they did not receive any.

May panahon na madalang, wala, merong sunod-sunod na dumadating katulad nung ginagawa yung Makati building, Makati Science High School. Pero hindi po sa lahat ng linggo, merong isang buwan na wala,” said Mercado. (MNS)