n our July 25th editorial
we asked if Vice President Jejomar Binay should be the next president of the
Philippines. In this editorial we arrive at the definitive conclusion that
that Binay should not be elected president.
Since our last editorial, more witnesses have come forward with more
allegations against the embattled Vice President. But our decision not to
support Binay’s presidential bid is based on irrefutable public acts that in
our opinion disqualify him from the presidency.
First and foremost, Binay skirted around the country’s term-limits law by
having his wife run for mayor after his third term in office—the maximum
allowed by law—came to an end. That three-year gap out of office while his
wife was mayor allowed him another three consecutive terms as mayor. An
opportunity he seized till he maxed-out once more in 2010. At that point his
son Jejomar Binay Jr. was old enough to run for mayor and did so, thus
keeping the office “in the family.”
To outsiders not accustomed to Filipino-style politics what Binay did is
simply outrageous and totally unacceptable. The term-limits bill was signed
into law to prevent any individual from monopolizing a public office. Sadly
that is what Binay and many other mayors and governors all over the country
are doing. But the fact that so many unscrupulous politicos do it does not
make it right. We must point out that what Binay did is technically not
against the law, but it certainly goes against the spirit of the law.
Secondly, Binay made a mockery of the Philippine Senate when he allowed his
daughter Nancy who was so obviously unqualified, to run for senator. The fact
that she was a likely winner—given an easily manipulated electorate—did not
mean she deserved to become a senator. Long gone are the days when only
statesmen with years of experience became senators. The fact that Binay saw
nothing wrong with his daughter Nancy running for the Senate speaks volumes
about Binay’s true character. It appears he cares only about himself and his
family. The fact that the Philippines now has an unqualified senator is
not a matter of concern to Binay. What matters is that his daughter Nancy is
now a senator and in place to protect and expand the family’s dynastic
And like an astute chess player, Binay has his pieces in place. Aside from
Nancy, his other daughter Abigale is currently a congresswoman, while his
son Jejomar Jr. is now the mayor of Makati City.
Binay made a name for himself in the early Eighties as a staunch critic or
Ferdinand Marcos and his martial law regime. Cory Aquino who became
president after the EDSA revolution saw Binay as a loyal ally and appointed
him mayor of Makati shortly after she took office.
His actions since assuming public office however show Binay as a
power-hungry politico who like Marcos puts himself and his family above
country. Like Marcos, Binay also seems to have the same cynical attitude
towards the average Filipino voter who he sees as gullible and easily
Given the disastrous presidencies of Ferdinand Marcos, Joseph Estrada, and
Gloria Arroyo, it is high time Filipinos begin raising the standards for
those vying for the office. While Binay’s acts, as we mention above, are not
against the law, they do not pass the “moral ascendancy” test—to borrow a
phrase bandied about by Filipino Bishops. It appears that Binay is bent on
creating a political dynasty for his clan and has no qualms about bending
the rules to keep himself in power. And those are very dangerous traits for a Filipino president
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Our Readers (Topic: Jejomar Binay Should Never Become President of the Philippines)
Name: DING DONG City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR IP
The July 8, 2014 SWS
satisfaction SURVEY showed Binay at +73% net satisfaction which means 82% are
satisfied and 9% were not. It is difficult to rely on this kind of survey which
was basically subjective in nature. If Binay faces his accusers and answers
questions from the media on his role in the over-priced building, people will
know more about him. It is most likely his satisfaction rating would go
south.The 11- storey parking facility over-price which all started when Binay
was still a mayor has not yet come to the full knowledge of people in the
provincial areas. The media must keep this scandal alive to get enough traction
and national attention.
Name: HMSomeone City/State/Country: USA IP Address:
TELL ME WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE…is a saying
that would apply squarely to Binay. Notice the people on his side. They are like
a who's who of corruption past and present. Browse at the column of Ernesto
Maceda ("So Young, so Corrupt") going out all the way to praise Binay's speech
the other day. Those corrupt Columnists in the payroll of Binay hardly speak of
the other side except to discredit them. For the thinking Filipino there is
really no need to talk of Binay's crookedness over and over again. Just look at
who his friends are and you could tell who he is.
Name: Jorge Villanueva City/State/Country: Canada IP
What is startling here
is not that the Vice-President is accused of corruption or that he is impotent
or unable to debunk the accusations but it is the frequency of the crime and its
infectious spread from all sectors and levels of the government. It seems nobody
or nothing is free from its corroding influence and you wonder if the people
becomes totally immune desensitized to it and reacts no more.
Raffy City/State/Country: Rosemead, Ca. IP Address:
Binay and CJ Corona have so many
similarities. Both are excellent lawyers. Both delivered a prepared speech to
defend their case and both were afraid to face the hard and piercing questions
from senator-lawyers. And both of them are guilty beyond doubt. The former
Ombudsman Gutierrez was realistic knowing her case was indefensible she quit.
And don't fall for this poor man story, our Mayor was as poor as Binay and only
finished grade 2 but because of excellent exploitation of poor voters remained
mayor for 20 years despite his being corrupt that he was generally believed to
have intentionally burned the Municipal buliding to destroy incriminating
evidence when COA was about to look at the municipal records. Binay just resign.
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