Has Binay gone desperado?

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By Perry Diaz

P-Noy and Jojo

P-Noy and Jojo

Whatever Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay’s expectations were, his meeting with President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III didn’t seem to have satisfied them. According to a news report, Binay waited for two and half hours for P-Noy to see him and the meeting lasted only 30 minutes. In essence, Binay was shown the door.

Although Malacañang was quiet about what transpired at the meeting, the media was rife with speculation. But Inquirer reporter Ramon Tulfo’s claim that a “little birdie” told him details of the meeting indicates that things weren’t going well between P-Noy and Binay.

Makati City Parking Building 2

Makati City Parking Building 2

Supposedly, Binay made two requests. He asked P-Noy to stop the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee from investigating the overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2. P-Noy’s response was blunt: “Jojo, I cannot stop the investigation because the Senate is independent. Besides, I have so many problems — the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus brought by returning overseas workers, the Subic murder case, the evacuation of residents near the Mayon Volcano. Pati ba naman ’yan, poproblemahin ko pa (Do I have to solve your problem)?” Binay should have stopped right there and left.

But Binay pressed on. He then asked P-Noy to go easy on GMA (former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo). P-Noy wasn’t pleased with Binay taking up the cudgels for GMA. If Binay’s meeting with P-Noy was intended to appease him, he achieved the opposite. Tulfo’s “little birdie” told him that after Binay left, P-Noy told his staff: “If there are more cases to be filed against GMA, let’s file them.”

Scapegoat

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Binay should have known better that if there were one person that P-Noy would blame for all the bad things happening in his administration, it was Gloria. Gloria is P-Noy’s ultimate scapegoat, so why kill the goat? For as long as P-Noy is in power, Gloria doesn’t have a spit of a chance to be released from detention. And P-Noy would do everything to keep Gloria alive.

Binay should also know that P-Noy doesn’t have power over the Senate, which is fiercely protective of its autonomy from the Executive Branch. If Binay didn’t know that, then he shouldn’t be running for president. Or could it be that his attempt to ask favors from P-Noy was because he could be heading for a political freefall?

Indeed, he has nobody to blame but himself for building a personal financial empire during the two decades that he and members of his family – wife, son, and two daughters – were in power in Makati, arguably the richest city in the country that is home to financial institutions and large corporations. And with all the revenues earned by the city, the mayorship is by all means the best plum job in the country with little or no interference from other political entities including the country’s Executive and Legislative branches of government. And for as along as you keep your nose clean, nobody is going to bother you. But the moment you’re involved in some kind of anomaly or scandal, then everybody would gang up on you. And that’s precisely what happened to Jojo Binay.

Public opinion

Lord-of-Makati.2With all the allegations of corruption against Binay that spans more than a quarter of a century since the time of the late President Cory Aquino who appointed him as the officer-in-charge (OIC) of Makati City, Binay had left no stone unturned in covering his tracks. He allegedly used dummies for the properties he acquired while in office. With no solid evidence of corruption, Binay is presumed innocent by law. But Binay is facing charges of corruption not in a court of law but in the court of public opinion.

SWS-Survey-Binay-Oct-2014When the Senate opened an investigation into the allegations of corruption against Binay and his family, he refused to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee, saying that it was a “kangaroo court.” He said that he’d rather go directly to the people to explain his side. But the latest survey of Social Weather Station (SWS) shows that 79% of the respondents want him to face the Senate and address the allegations, which begs the question: Why is Binay scared of appearing before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee?

Binay's popularity dips

Binay’s popularity dips

While there may be several reasons why Binay is not appearing before the Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing, one reason might be that by not appearing before the panel he is not going to say something that would haunt him in the 2016 presidential campaign. By not saying anything now, he could tell the people then that he’s a victim of political persecution. He’d just have to keep repeating his innocence. And since he didn’t appear before a Senate hearing, his opponents wouldn’t have any ammunition to disprove his arguments. As Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, once said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Yes, if Binay keeps on denying the corruption charges, the people will eventually believe him… and vote for him. But that’s based on the supposition that his opponents don’t have anything to tie him to corruption. And what if they have an “April surprise” that would rattle skeletons in the closet two weeks before the May 9, 2016 election?

If Binay indeed has secrets about allegations of “unexplained wealth,” then he knows that the probability of his rivals knowing about them is pretty high. He ought to know that in politics, secrets are revealed at a time when it will hurt the most, which makes one wonder: Has Binay gone desperado?

(PerryDiaz@gmail.com)


19 Responses. Have your say.

  1. Don Azarias says:

    “Has Binay gone desperado?”—Perry Diaz

    Perry,

    I hope he has. That would be the biggest news coming out of the Philippines since the DAP and PDAF scams. Ooops, I forgot about CJ Corona’s impeachment and removal from office.

    Don

    • perry says:

      Hi Don,

      The attack on Binay will intensify until election time. I doubt if he’d be able to stop the assault and launch a counter-attack. I heard that Manny Villar is interested in running again. Grace Poe might be drafted by the oligarchs and dynasts to run for prez. With the money from the rich, Grace would be able to stop a wounded Binay.

      Perry

    • Bobby Bagos says:

      I think Binay’s plan is to just ignore all these crap including the blue ribbon Committee, hoping that everything will just go away and our clueless kababayans will eventually forget all about his misdeeds. But what Binay doesn’t seem to realize is that his dilemma is pretty much the same as catching the clap (gonorrhea), he can have it treated or just ignore it and eventually the drip will go away, but later on, the deadly consequence of it will bite him in the ass and then check mate, end of the line. His ass is up a creek right now and he knows it.

  2. philip says:

    Do not overlook Trillanes. He is the non-trapo who is the antithesis of Susmaryosep in every way. PMA grad, he knows honesty, love of country and strong Leadership. Certainly in the mold of Magsaysay but better prepared academically and professionally. He might be the long-awaited messiah, the Filipino version of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.

    • philip says:

      Perry, pls correct speling of “certainly” above and post this:

      Trillanes/Poe, mga kabataang malilinis ang budhi na makakasagip sa mga Pilipino, hindi si Binay na buong pamilya naging milyonaryo galing lahat sa gobyerno ng Makati, hindi sa marangal na negosyo.

      Dual citizen OF kami ngayon kang boboto kung si Trillanes/Poe.

      • philip says:

        kang dapat “lang”

        • Bobby Bagos says:

          Come on folks, graduating from PMA is never a guarantee that these guys will remain pure as newly fallen snow on top of Mt. Everest. I think quite a few of these so called PMA grads went astray and succumb to corruption once they realized the power they have behind those stars and badges. But given a choice between the rest of those crooked wannabes and these young visionaries, it’s best to go with the latter.

          • philip says:

            Right, but Trillanes as a captain already risked his life and career in coup attempts. It takes to be a general to start thinking of corruption; he did not reach that stage.

          • kalayaan says:

            trillanes leaving the mil svc for the reason the he didn’t like corruption. that when he attempted a coup to that mentioned high ranked military he was put to jail and survived for 7 years. presently he is facing to fight corruption again…mabuhay ka senator trillanes…

  3. Guy Camacho says:

    Binay’s electability chart (handwriting on the wall) is clearly sinking to oblivion:
    … June survey : 41 %
    (Makati Garage-Building Investigation stared in mid-August.)
    … September survey: 31%
    … October survey: 21 % (against the 79% who wants Binay to appear at the senate hearing, those who believe he is guilty).
    (Estimated by December -the Blue Ribbon will submit its findings and recommendations for the Ombudsman to charge Binay and cohorts for plunder and other criminal acts)
    … Binay’s diehards, projected: 11-15 %

    After Binay is charged for plunder, he will be arrested and detained at Camp Crame with the Pork Barrel Senators. Even if he insists on running, he cannot avail of bail.
    I don’t expect he can do a repeat of Trillanes’ successful senatorial run in 2007, because he has lost any credibility completely.
    The candidate supported by PNoy, whoever it may be, will be the next president.
    The billionaire tycoons and taipans will push for the candidate who will continue ‘Tuwid na Daan’, because their businesses have prospered during PNoy’s administration.

  4. Gabriel says:

    Binay has become one of the Trapos already as he got all the money from the contractors and from all the rich people for his Presidential approval. Look what happened to the son -mayor. He is also loose and swell headed already. Binay must be stopped now just like his mentor GMA.

    • pat talens says:

      A friend told me Estrada was all smiles when told by Binay that their political lives seem evolving in ways parallel. And I was amused.

      Both have doctor wives. Both became very rich mayors. Both became Vice President of the country. And soon Binay to become President and also be put in prison. Only difference here may be is Binay to stay in prison for good.

      • philip says:

        Pat, one big difference is Erap had many pseudo First Ladies and enjoyed them all undisturbed by his Dra.. Susmaryosep had only one mistress on record (Google Binay girlfriend) and he was forced to kneel before the Dra. Mayora for forgiveness. Erap pa rin ang magaling!

        • Bobby Bagos says:

          These women, in my opinion, no longer give a rat’s ass what their husbands does outside of their own bedroom as long as their extravagant lifestyle are not hampered by their husbands infidelities. Heck, even the poor are into these kind of activities, why else would our country have so many bastards roaming our busy streets. Because of our strong belief in the Catholic church, divorce is not an option but annulment is, which in my opinion is even worst than divorce. What annulment does is void the marriage, as if it never really happens so in a sense the children that they produced will be considered bastards. Anyway, I think Ramon Revilla Sr got them all beat. His daughter at one time try to dispel the rumors that her dad didn’t fathered more than 73 children, in her own words, she swore they were only aware of just 40 plus children. Wow, that’s really nice to know, duh?

          • philip says:

            Filipino culture: Hindi ka lalake kung wala kang babae. Dapat sana naging Muslim kayo, apat na asawa hindi problema. Tanungin nyo si Robin Padila.

          • Bobby Bagos says:

            Philip, you didn’t do your math properly. Sabi mo hindi ka lalake kung wala kang babe, dapat siguro hindi ka lalake kung walang isang dosena ang iyong mga babe.

  5. BongV says:

    It does not matter who wins…

    FILIPINOS still LOSE!

    They will still be taxes and plundered by the PHL government.

    ang mga Pinoy talaga… mga uto uto… ang laman ng utak ..puro utot.

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