The Filipino people thought that the corruption allegation against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family did not go beyond their home turf, Makati, where they have ruled for decades now.
That was the impression we all had when the Blue ribbon subcommittee headed by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, together with Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes, decided to investigate the alleged P2.3-billion overpriced Makati City Hall Building II, which, for all intents and purposes, was declared a world class building by Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.
But after the new revelation made by former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, accompanied by an aerial video/photos during the resumption of the investigation on Oct. 8th, of what appears to be a vast agricultural estate described by him as “high-end hacienda” and purportedly owned by Vice President Binay, then we can only deduce that this awesome property and what it contains is what can be classified as ‘world class’, any which way one looks at it, and not the controversial Makati building.
What does it mean really to own 350 hectares of ‘world class’ property? If it boggles your mind, as it does mine, imagine comparing its vastness to six Luneta Parks or ten Araneta Centers or half the size of San Juan City (700 hectares).
The location of what is now described as Binay’s ‘hacienda’ (estate) is heavenly, as we can all see, but makes it exclusive and aristocratic are the presence of mansions, a resort pool, man-made lagoons, stockbreeding farm for expensive fighting cocks, an aviary, a horse ranch, a 40-car garage, an exotic orchid farm, an air-conditioned piggery farm, and last but not least is the remarkable feature of them all – a maze garden made larger but similar to the famous Kew Gardens in London.
Could this be where part of the alleged P2.3-billion overpriced money went since Mercado estimated the cost of the entire property at P1.2 billion?
Now everybody in the vicinity of the property knows that it is owned by Binay, but proving it is another hurdle as the Binays are denying it with all their might.
Mercado, however, is standing pat and hanging tough on his allegations since he says he has been the errand boy of the Binays.
Thanks to Mercado’s guts we are getting to know more about Binay, the man who has all these times pretended to be poor and pro-poor because of his humble beginnings, but who now wants to be president to protect and perpetuate what he has amassed and what is still out there to be owned.
For Filipinos following my blogs, especially those abroad, who wants to know convincingly more about Binay, the man who wants to be the country’s president in 2016, let the following articles/video enlighten you about the man: