Vice President Jejomar Binay made a strong statement when he resigned his Cabinet posts as housing czar and presidential adviser on OFW matters.
Without literally expressing it in his public statement, Binay is now out of Noynoy’s presidency that is preoccupied with factional infighting and political vendetta.
While the horrifying Mamasapano Massacre cries for Justice, the Noynoy administration has chosen to glorify the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s acts of terrorism.
While Malacañang has failed to account for the anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds, Noynoy’s “selective justice” has turned blind, deaf and mute over massive irregularities at various agencies, like DBM, DILG, DA, DOTC, DSWD and DND.
Binay no longer wants any part of it, in fact, his camp says he is the number one “victim” of such selective justice.
The Vice President is making it clear that he does not intend to use his Cabinet positions to “campaign” for the May 9, 2016 elections.
So far, Binay is the only incumbent official who has confidently declared his intention to run for President.
Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, the VP’s daughter, hand-delivered the resignation letter addressed to Aquino which was received by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.
Binay’s resignation was irrevocable and effective immediately.
I believe the VP is tired of all the infighting, back-stabbing and power struggle in Noynoy’s official family.
STILL THE MAN TO BEAT
Vice President Binay said “experience” in public administration is his advantage over the other presidential aspirants in 2016.
It appears, however, that accomplishments, more than experience, counts most to the public.
And for the same reason, Binay emerged as the “most approved and most trusted top government official” in a recent Pulse Asia survey released on Monday.
The approval rating for the Vice President jumped from 46 percent in March to 58 percent in June despite the Senate blue ribbon committee investigation into the “overpriced” construction of Makati City Hall Building 2 and other allegations of graft during Binay’s mayoral term.
So, it looks like the kangaroo court’s trial by publicity of the VP has failed to erase in the minds of people Binay’s accomplishments in the premier city, in terms of social services and infrastructure.
Conversely, Binay dislodged Noynoy from first place, even as the President recovered from a rating of 38 percent in March to 54 percent in June.
Noynoy’s approval ratings took a plunge in the wake of the tragedy of Mamasapano Massacre last January, followed by whitewash-cover up investigations by the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The President repeatedly lied and was widely believed as culpable for authorizing then suspended police official Alan Purisima to supervise the suicide mission in the terrorists’ lair. The ill-fated SAF 44 troopers were left to die without reinforcement.
In the Pulse Asia poll, former no. 1 Noynoy came in third behind Senate President Franklin Drilon who maintained an approval rating of 49 percent.
Wala naman nagawa ang dalawang iyan, pwe!
DUTERTE NOW NOY’S SMEAR TARGET
After subjecting VP Binay to a kangaroo trial at the Senate, the Noynoy administration this time targets Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who many believes may be the dark horse in next year’s presidential polls.
Duterte, who earned the tag “The Punisher” for his no-nonsense approach in law enforcement, have increasingly gained support all over the country amid the clamor from various sectors for him to run for president.
When the popular Davao City mayor entered the “Magic 5” in surveys on the public’s preferred successor to Noynoy, he immediately became the subject of criticisms for alleged human rights violations.
Davao is known for its low crime incidence, particularly cases related to illegal drugs and robbery.
Duterte’s supporters believe that Malacañang and the ruling Liberal Party of Noynoy and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas are behind the smear campaign against the 2016 presidential dark horse.
Duterte placed third and fourth in the Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys, respectively, ahead of Roxas, who is the presumptive administration standard bearer.
Looks like Roxas will be “sliding down” again.