Binay accusers apply for witness protection

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2014 03:56 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2014 03:09 AM

MANILA -- Former Makati City Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado and two complainants in the plunder raps against Vice-President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, went to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday to process their application for Witness Protection Program (WPP) coverage.

Mercado, Atty. Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso VI submitted documents and other requirements to the WPP, and were interviewed as part of the vetting process.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima bared that the Senate requested that Mercado, Bondal and Enciso be placed under the WPP in light of the information they possess about the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building Two.

The controversial 11-storey structure cost P2.3 billion to complete.

"Inievaluate na yan ng WPP, yung request covering [former] Vice-Mayor Mercado and two others," De Lima told reporters.

The Binays debunked the allegations of over-pricing, insisting that the construction of the controversial building was above-board; they claimed politics is behind the move to discredit them regarding this issue.