Makati City, Philippines
Barangays of Makati City in the 4th district within the Metro Manila Area (NCR) of the Philippines
Bangkal | Bel-Air | Carmona | Cembo | Comembo | Dasmariñas | East Rembo | Forbes Park | Guadalupe Nuevo | Guadalupe Viejo | Kasilawan | La Paz | Magallanes | Olympia | Palanan | Pembo | Pinagkaisahan | Pio del Pilar | Pitogo | Poblacion | Post Proper Northside | Post Proper Southside | Rizal | San Antonio | San Isidro | San Lorenzo | Santa Cruz | Singkamas | South Cembo | Tejeros | Upgrade SHS Katipunan | Upgrade SHS Novaliches | Urdaneta | Valenzuela | West Rembo
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Makati City, Philippines
- Makati City is one of the Cities of the philippines in Metro Manila. It is in the NCR, FOURTH DISTRICT.
- Makati has a total Land Area (as of 2007, in hectares)=2,157
Urban lifestyle and affluence are nowhere more pronounced in the Philippines than in Makati, the country's classiest city. Bustling and modern, it is the country's model for city planning, rising in less than a decade from vast stretches of empty land to become the nation's premier city.
This affluent city southwest of Manila is the country's financial center, earning it the nickname, "Wall Street of the Philippines". The major banks, corporations, department stores as well as embassies of the different nations are based here. Situated along Ayala Avenue is the Makati Stock Exchange, which houses the trading of stock. Fully developed, well-reputed city villages provide the perfect address for office buildings, shops, and restaurants.
Right in the heart of bustling Makati, spread along Ayala Avenue, is Ayala Center, the country's business and financial center. Encompassing the Glorietta and Greenbelt shopping malls, among others, Ayala Center is also a commercial complex completely at par with the world's most modern business cosmos. Within it is the Ayala Museum, among the city's primary repositories of history, culture, and heritage, along with the Filipinas Heritage Library and Museo ng Makati.
Makati has the highest concentration of the country's finest department stores, fashion boutiques, exclusive jewelry shops and antique stores, shoe stores, bookstores, and most other commercial establishments. In identified portions, the city contains the most exclusive residential subdivisions, including Forbes Park, where many of the country's wealthy and powerful families make their homes. Five-star hotels and restaurants further provide the ultimate avenue for a life of comfort and relaxation. Source: Department of Tourism
Location of Makati City, Philippines
Makati City is one of the Cities of the philippines in Metro Manila.
- information from: The government of Makati City and the Department of Tourism
Makati is located within the quadrangle of 12° 01' latitude north and 14° 33' longitude east. It is bounded on the north by the Pasig River facing the City of Mandaluyong, on the east by the Municipality of Pateros, on the northwest by the City of Manila, and on the south and southwest by the City of Pasay. It is one of the sixteen (16) cities of the National Capital Region which also include one (1) municipality.
Makati is a short 15 minute-drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Manila Domestic Airport. Air-conditioned buses plying the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) route from Baclaran in Paranaque to Quezon Cityand Kalookan City pass through the Central Business District (CBD) daily.
Jeepneys ply Makati's inner roads, and connect the city to its surrounding towns and cities. The Manila Rail Transit (MRT) on EDSA has three stations located in Makati : Guadalupe, Buendia and Ayala Avenue.
Two of Metro Manila's main arteries pass through Makati. The Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) pass along the southeast part of Makati and connects the city with Mandaluyong City and Pasay City. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) runs through the western part of Makati and connects the city with Manila to the north and with southern Metro Manila. The Skyway, an elevated highway built on top of SLEX, provides residents coming from southern Metro Manila a fast way to reach Makati. SLEX and EDSA intersect at the Magallanes Interchange, which is the most complex system of elevated roadways in Metro Manila.
Other major roads in Makati include Buendia Avenue, also called Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, which connects EDSA and SLEX in the north; Ayala Avenue, an important street that runs through the Central Business District; and Makati Avenue, which connects Ayala Avenue with Buendia Avenue.
History of Makati City, Philippines
- article from: Government of Makati City
At the turn of the century, the Americans established Fort McKinley in Makati, and in 1901, San Pedro de Makati, with a population of 2,500, was incorporated into the province of Rizal. On February 28, 1914, the Philippine Legislature passed Act 2390, shortening the name San Pedro Makati to Makati in the 1930's, the first airport, Nielson Airport, opened in what is now the Ayala Triangle. The first centrally planned community was established in the 1950's, and since the 1970's, Makati has been the undisputed financial and commercial capital, the once worthless swampland becoming prime real property.
Makati has also figured prominently in the political history of the Filipino. The community was one of the cradles of the revolt against Spanish colonial rule, and following the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983, the epicenter of the protest movement against dictatorial rule.
The day after her assumption to the presidency in February 1986, Cory Aquino appointed Jejomar C. Binay as officer-in-charge of Makati, the first local official to be appointed by the revolutionary government. Explaining her choice of the former human rights lawyer and street parliamentarian, Aquino said "It was very important for me to place at the helm of Makati someone who would carry out the ideals of EDSA, someone who would make democracy work, not only in the freedom given to its people but also in the proper handling of government according to democratic traditions. And, to my mind, Jojo was the man".
On January 2, 1995, the Makati became a city by virtue of Republic Act 7854.
People of Makati City, Philippines
- Total Population of Makati City as of the 2007 Census is 510,383
- From the 2009 record of the COMELEC: The number of registered voters were 387,590
The Sangguniang Panlungsod is composed of the City (Municipality) Vice-Mayor as Presiding Officer, regular Sanggunian members (Councilors), the President of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
They shall exercise and perform the legislative powers and duties as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. Shall consider and conduct thorough study all matters brought to their attention and consequently pass resolutions, enact ordinances and to introduce recommendations.
- Elected Government Officials of Makati City for the term of 2013-2016
- Mayor of Makati City: Jejomar "Junjun" Erwin S. Binay, Jr. - UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE
- Vice-Mayor of Makati City: Romulo Valderama Peña Jr. LIBERAL PARTY
- Councillors of Makati City
- 1st District:
- HILARIO, JHONG (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 76929 10.47%
- YABUT, ICHI (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 75818 10.32%
- DEL ROSARIO, MONSOUR (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 75796 10.32%
- EUSEBIO, FERDIE (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 73722 10.03%
- CASAL-UY, MAYETH (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 70391 9.58%
- PUNO-RAMOS, TOSCA (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 69781 9.50%
- MAGPANTAY, IDOL (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 65938 8.97%
- MEDINA, ROMY (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 64380 8.76%
- 2nd District:
- MAGPANTAY, LEO (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 84683 10.40%
- PASIA, DOC (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 79546 9.77%
- SESE, VINCENT (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 79132 9.72%
- CRUZADO, BOYET (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 78838 9.68%
- JACOME, HENRY (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 77356 9.50%
- YABUT, KING (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 76317 9.37%
- DE LARA, TETCHIE NILLO (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 73365 9.01%
- TOLENTINO, RUTH (UNA) UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE 71029 8.72%
- House of Representative of Makati City:
- Elected Government Officials of Makati City for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor of Makati City: Jejomar "Junjun" Erwin S. Binay, Jr.
- Vice-Mayor of Makati City: Romulo Valderama Peña Jr.
|District I||District II|
|Monique Yazmin Q. Lagdameo||Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay|
Barangay Elected Officials of Makati City
Businesses in Makati City, Philippines
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- Businesses of Makati City
- Business District. Information source from the Department of Tourism - verbatim
Makati has the highest GDP per capita in the Philippines.
The Central Business District (CBD) is where most of Makati's financial resources is concentrated. This is an informal district bounded by Buendia Avenue, Makati Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Pasay Road, and Pasong Tamo. It mainly encompasses Legaspi Village, Salcedo Village, and parts of Bel-Air.
Many skyscrapers rise in this area. PBCom Tower, the country's tallest building, reaches up 265 meters along Ayala Avenue. It is the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, or PBCom. One of the trading floors of the Philippine Stock Exchange is housed in Ayala Tower One and at the old Makati Stock Exchange Building, both also along Ayala Avenue.
The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), the country's oldest bank, has its headquarters at the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. Other companies that have their offices and country/regional headquarters within Makati City, most within the CBD, include IBM, Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Ayala Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Metrobank, Intel Philippines, Nestle, and JG Summit. The most well-known monument of the late senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. can also be seen at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas. Most areas of the CBD are serviced by private or commercial wi-fi hotspots.
- Shopping Centers
- Ayala Center Makati in Metro Manila - Ayala Center, along EDSA and Ayala Avenue is the most known commercial center in the city. Developed by the Ayala Corporation, it contains two shopping malls, Glorietta and Greenbelt, five hotels, and an office building. The larger of the two shopping malls is Glorietta, which itself is a cluster of malls. Rising from Glorietta 4 is the Oakwood Premier, a luxurious hotel-apartment residence at the heart of the center. Along the periphery of Glorietta are three department stores: SM Department Store Makati, Rustan's, and the Landmark. Across Makati Avenue from Glorietta is Greenbelt. This is one of the most sophisticated, modern, and expensive malls in the country. Greenbelt features dozens of coffee stores and restaurants, all overlooking a well-landscaped green park at the center where a domed Catholic chapel dominates the skyline. Other hotels in the vicinity of Ayala Center are the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, the Manila Peninsula, the Dusit Hotel Nikko Manila Garden, the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, and the New World Renaissance Hotel.
- Rockwell Center is the other first-class shopping center in Makati. Rockwell features the large Power Plant Mall popular with expatriates. At the periphery of the center are many high-class residential condominium towers, the Asian Eye Institute, and the Ateneo Professional Schools main campus, which houses the Ateneo School of Law, the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, and the Ateneo School of Government.
- Other shopping centers. The Cash and Carry Supermarket in the west along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) features many products at low prices. Makati Cinema Square, along Pasong Tamo Road, used to be a popular shopping mall with the residents. Adjacent to the Makati Cinema Square is the big and modern Waltermart Mall. The Guadalupe Commercial Center, along EDSA and Pasig River is a middle-class shopping center frequented by residents from the poorer areas of Makati. PureGold is another independent Supermarket located at the end of J.P. Rizal Street, Barangay Singkamas. Shopwise, another popular Supermarket Chain in the Philippines, is situated at Pasong Tamo corner Vito Cruz.
- Housing and Residences
Many of the country's wealthiest families live in Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village, on the other side of EDSA from the Central Business District. Other well-to-do people live in San Lorenzo Village, Urdaneta Village, Bel-Air, and Magallanes Village; others live in condominium and apartment units in the Central Business District in Salcedo and Legaspi Villages. These villages are not rural settlements, but gated communities. The usage probably arose because most villages correspond to barangays. Most of the poor residents of the city live in the city's periphery specially in the eastern portions of Rizal, East and West Rembo, Pembo, Comembo, Cembo, South Cembo, and Pitogo.
Housing, especially for the poor residents of the city, remains an acute problem. Many people in the provinces migrate to Metro Manila looking for better living. Subsequently, many of them end up squatting in many areas of the metropolis. In Makati, the squatters live in poor shanties along Pasig River and in the eastern areas.
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Churches, Mosques, or Places of Worship in Makati City, Philippines
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Educational Institutions in Makati City, Philippines
School year 2014-2015 starts June 2, 2014 and ends March 27, 2015, for public elementary and secondary schools. The school year will have 201 school days, of which 180 days are “nonnegotiable” student-teacher contact time.
Elementary Schools in Makati City
- Public Elementary Schools in Makati City:
- Cembo Elementary School
- Guadalupe Viejo Elementary School
- Makati Elementary School
- San Jose Elementary School
- Comembo Elementary School
- East Rembo Elementary School
- Fort Bonifacio Elementary School
- Pembo Elementary School
- Rizal Elementary School
- Tibagan Elementary School
- West Rembo Elementary School
- Bangkal Elementary School
- Bangkal Elementary School I
- Bangkal Elementary School II
- Bangkal Elementary School III
- Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School
- Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School I
- Francisco Benitez Elementary School
- Jose Magsaysay Elementary School (Francisco Benitez Elementary School II)
- Maximo Estrella Elementary School
- Nicanor C. Garcia, Sr. Elementary School
- Guadalupe Nuevo Elementary School
- Nemesio I. Yabut Elementary School
- Pitogo Elementary School
- South Cembo Elementary School
- Francisco Benitez Elementary School III
- La Paz Elementary School
- Palanan Elementary School
- San Antonio Village Elementary School
High Schools in Makati City
- Public High Schools in Makati City:
- Benigno Aquino High School - Aguho St., Comembo
- Don Bosco Technical Institute
- Fort Bonifacio High School - J. P. Rizal Extension, West Rembo
- Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School - F. Zobel cor Morong St., Poblacion
- Makati High School - Gen. Luna St., Poblacion
- Makati West High School (Makati Science High School) - Oasis St., Poblacion
- San Antonio National High School - Mayapis St., San Antonio
- San Isidro National High School - Borneo St., San Isidro
- Fort Bonifacio High School - Pitogo HS Annex - Negros St., Pitogo
Colleges and Universities in Makati City
Makati City is home to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), which is Asia's top graduate school for MBA students. AIM, located along Paseo de Roxas across Greenbelt began as a collaborative project of the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. The Ateneo Professional Schools, a unit of the Ateneo de Manila University has facilities in Rockwell Center and Salcedo Village. The Rockwell campus houses the Ateneo School of Law the Ateneo Graduate School of Business]], and the Ateneo School of Government. The Salcedo campus houses the Ateneo Information Technology Institute. De La Salle University's Professional Schools also operates in RCBC Tower along Ayala Avenue.
Other notable colleges and Universities in Makati are the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM), Assumption College, Colegio San Agustin, Asia Pacific College, Centro Escolar University's Makati campus, the University of Makati. Assumption College, in San Lorenzo Village, is an all-female college. The University of Makati (officially, Pamantasan ng Makati) is a university run by the city government.
- List of Colleges and Universities in Makati City
- AMA Computer College
- Asia Pacific College
- Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
- Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM)
- Assumption College
- Ateneo Professional Schools
- Centro Escolar University Makati
- Colegio San Agustin
- Colegio de Sta. Rosa
- De La Salle Professional Schools, Inc.
- Lyceum of the Philippines College of Law
- Mapua Institute of Technology
- Saint Paul College
- STI Makati
- University of Makati
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Health and Medical Facilities in Makati City
There are twenty-eight (28) health centers in Makati city’s barangays, providing free consultation and treatment daily (Monday to Friday) 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm, under the supervision of the Makati Health Department.
Services offered include general consultation, maternal care, child care (i.e., immunization, etc.), nutrition service, dental services, and communicable disease control among others.
Makati city also has three (3) lying-in clinics, two (2) main laboratories and four (4) satellite laboratories in the city’s barangays. Outpatient EMERGENCY cases can consult any day. As needed, patients are referred to hospitals for further management and evaluation.
Public Health Centers
|District I||District II|
|Carmona Health Center
H. Santos St., Pasong Tamo, Carmona
|Pembo Health Center
Santan St., Pembo
|Kasilawan Health Center
C. Francisco St., Kasilawan
|Comembo Health Center
National Road, Comembo
|Singkamas Health Center
3816 F. Nazario St., Singkamas
|West Rembo Health Center
National Road, West Rembo
|Sta. Cruz Health Center
Yague St., Santa Cruz
|East Rembo Health Center
5th Ave., East Rembo
|La Paz Health Center
Dumas cor., Archimedes St., La Paz
|South Cembo Health Center
Gen. Luna St., South Cembo
|Tejeros Health Center
H. Santos St., Tejeros
|Cembo Health Center
Kalayaan Ave., Cembo
|San Antonio Health Center
Mayapis St., San Antonio
|Rizal Health Center
Amarillo St., Rizal
|San Isidro Health Center
Ford cor. Marcono Sts., San Isidro
|Pitogo Health Center
Leyte St., Pitogo
|Pio Del Pilar Health Center
Washington St., Pio del Pilar
|Guadalupe Viejo Health Center
Adalla St., Guadalupe Viejo
|Palanan Health Center
4513 Casino St., Palanan
|Poblacion Health Center
A. Mabini St., Poblacion
|Pio del Pilar RHU
Apolinaryo cor. Arguelles St., Pio del Pilar
|Pinagkaisahan Health Center
Danlig cor. Tolentino Sts., Pinagkaisahan
|Bangkal Health Center
P. Binay St., Bangkal
|Guadalupe Nuevo Health Center
Nuestra Senora St., Guadalupe Nuevo
|Valenzuela Health Center
Hormiga St., cor. Pililia, Valenzuela
Lying-In Centers and Puericulture Centers
|Lying-In Centers||Puericulture Centers|
|Bangkal Lying-in Center
P. Binay St., Bangkal
|Olympia Puericulture Center
Fortuna St. Bgy. Olympia
|Guadalupe Nuevo Lying-in Center|
Nuestra Senora St., Guadalupe Nuevo
|Palanan Puericulture Center
4513 Casino St., Palanan
|Comembo Lying-in Center
National Road, Comembo
|Dona Juana Puericulture Center
Rodriguez Ave., Bangkal
- Fort Bonifacio General Hospital
- Fort Bonifacio, Makati City 1201
- Tel: 812-7431 loc. 4621/ Fax: 812-7431 loc. 4603
- Healthkard Hospital
- 104 Herrera St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
- Tel: 810-5221
- Jose Viray Memorial Hospital
- Fort Bonifacio, Makati City 1201
- 3525 Mola St., Makati City 1200
- Manila Naval Hospital Bonifacio Naval Station,
- Bonifacio Naval Station, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City
- Tel: 892-8205/844-6716/ Fax: 892-8261
- Maria Lourdes Maternity Hospital
- 1076 Don Chino Roces Ave., Kalayaan, Makati City 1231
- Tel: 895-3846 to 47/ Fax: 836-8969
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- M-Tech Medical Hospital, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Center
- 2/F Goodland Bldg., 379 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Bel-Air Village, Makati City
- Tel: 896-6751
- Makati Medical Center
- No. 2 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
- Tel: 815-9911/892-5544/ Fax: 819-5423
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- Ospital ng Makati-Ayala
- Malungay St., Makati City
- Ospital ng Makati Acute Care Center
- Malugay Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City
- Ospital ng Makati-Pembo
- Sampaguita St., Brgy. Pembo, Fort Bonifacio, Makati City
- Tel: (632)882-6316
- Fax: (632)893-0702
- St. Claire's Medical Center
- 1838 Dian St., Palanan, Makati City
- Tel: 831-6511 to 14/831-5445
Economy of Makati City, Philippines
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Natural Resources of Makati City, Philippines
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It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
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Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
Tourists Attractions of Makati City, Philippines
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Festivals, Fiestas and Traditions of Makati City, Philippines
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- Date: May 14 - Location: Angono, Rizal
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Binay whistleblower leaves for US
- Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/75668-binay-whistleblower-united-states
- Friday, November 21, 2014
- by Aries Rufo, Bea Cupin
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The key whistleblower in the probe into allegations of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay has left the country but clarified he will be back soon.
In a Friday, November 21 interview on dzBB, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado said he left for the United States on Tuesday, November 18. Earlier that day, Mercado had testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee.
Mercado, who is under the government’s Witness Protection Program, said he asked permission from the justice department, the Ombudsman and the Senate before leaving.
The former Makati vice mayor will be in the US until November 30 to visit his family.
“Hindi po ako umalis para talikuran ang aking obligasyon. Kung kailangan na ako ay bumalik ng mas maaga ay gagawin ko,” Mercado was quoted as saying. (This trip doesn’t mean I’m turning back on my obligation. If I need to come back to the Philippines earlier than scheduled, I will.)
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima declined to comment on Mercado’s trip. “Under the WPP [Witness Protection Program] law, there’s a confidentiality provision and this is essentially because of security reasons,” she told reporters on Friday.
De Lima said that while they “discourage” witnesses from traveling, doing so is not disallowed under the WPP. “We aren’t jailers,” she added.
The subcommittee’s hearings are temporarily put on hold while the Senate deliberates on the 2015 budget. But Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said they will likely try to schedule one more hearing before Congress takes a break from December 20, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
During the 3-hour Tuesday hearing, Mercado disclosed that Binay supposedly owns at least 6 condominium units in Makati city buildings, allegedly given to him to speed up the processing of building requirements from city hall.
Binay was mayor of Makati from 1986 to 2010. In between term limits, his wife, Dr. Elenita Binay, took over the post. Binay’s only son Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr is the current city mayor.
Mercado is one of Binay’s former political allies who have since turned against him and are now leading the exposé on his allegedly corrupt ways. It was Mercado who said Binay got kickbacks from city projects, including the allegedly overpriced Makati City Building 2, which is the basis of plunder raps against the Vice President and his son. (READ: The Jojo Binay that Mercado knew)
The former vice mayor also admitted to “benefitting” from the same transaction.
In an interview with Rappler, lawyer Renato Bondal, another whistleblower in the probe, said Mercado’s had scheduled the US trip for a while and was only delayed because of the Senate probe.
“Dito siya magpapasko (He’s going to spend Christmas here),” Bondal added.
Mercado’s trip comes the same week the Binay camp asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Senate to do a lifestyle check on the former vice mayor, who is allegedly hiding “prime properties” in the Philippines and abroad through his wife, children, children-in-law, and siblings.
Navotas Representative Tobias Tiangco, interim president of Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), challenged Mercado to surrender all his properties to the government.
“He admitted getting kickbacks. His wealth is the fruit of his corrupt ways. Kung hindi nya gagawin yan, gimik lang itong pag-donate nya ng kanyang lupa,” said Tiangco in a Thursday, November 20 statement. – with reports from Aries Rufo, Bea Cupin/Rappler.com
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