Binay links Mercado to Reyes hiding

Former Makati Mayor Ernesto Mercado.

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado for his alleged involvement in hiding the Reyes brothers.

“The Department of Justice must immediately look into the possible involvement of Ernesto Mercado in allegedly hiding the suspects in the Gerry Ortega murder case,” Binay spokesperson Rico Quicho said in a

Former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother Coron ex-mayor Mario Reyes are primary suspects in the killing of environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega in 2011.

The Reyes brothers, who were arrested by authorities in Thailand and deported to the Philippines for violating immigration laws, are currently detained at the Puerto Princesa City Jail.
Newspaper reports quoting the Philippine National Police, who was able to trace the Reyes brothers’ call data and short message service (SMS) records, said the fugitives had been calling their associates, one of which was Mercado, while hiding in Thailand.

Quicho said the former Binay ally should be withdrawn from the government’s Witness Protection Program in the event that allegations will be proven to be true.

Mercado previously appeared in the Senate and testified against Binay on the corruption accusations being hurled against the Vice President, particularly regarding the overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

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