Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is urging former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado to donate the 4.5 hectares land registered to him which is inside the alleged “Hacienda Binay” in Rosario, Batangas.
“He has everything to gain and nothing to lose by giving the land to the government,” Senator Pimentel said.
It can be recalled that Mercado showed proof of ownership in a certain section of land inside the controversial Rosario, Batangas estate. Mercado said he just discovered the ownership through a media report, he then asked someone to acquire documents of the said land ownership.
“He could also donate the property to the municipal government of Rosario in Batangas for the use of the local government unit where the alleged estate of the vice president, estimated at 145 hectares or 350 hectares, is located,” the chair of Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee said.
Pimentel added that this kind of goodwill on part of the former Makati vice mayor will surely help needy persons, especially subsistence farmers who have yet to own a piece of land despite years of toiling in the field owned by rich landlords.