Several hours before Vice President Jejomar C. Binay went on national TV on Wednesday, to confirm his Cabinet resignation and make his first public statement against President B. S. Aquino 3rd, a CEO close to PNoy told me that Malacañang and the ruling Liberal Party were having a serious “rethink” on Binay after his resignation on Monday. They apparently anticipated Binay’s TV address and decided not to engage–“stand down” as Pnoy famously put it on January 25, 2015 to the military reinforcement units at Mamasapano.
Malacañang’s original plan was to force Binay to abandon his presidential bid by sending him, or his wife (the former mayor of Makati, Dr. Elenita Binay), or his son (the current mayor of MakatI, Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.), or all of them at once to jail on some non-bailable criminal charges, or by pushing him out of office so that PNoy could name a new Vice President in his place, who could take over as President should he decide to seek political shelter in Johor or elsewhere while the government remains in friendly hands.
They have apparently decided that Binay has been sufficiently demolished to the point of harmlessness and insignificance by all the corruption charges that have been hurled against him, and by the sudden drop in his “popularity rating,” and could then be “allowed to run” for President, without affecting Malacañang’s say on results of the 2016 elections. So none of the Binays would be jailed; a threatened suspension order on Mayor Junjun over the case involving the Makati Science High School building would no longer be served; and neither Malacañang nor the LP would have to worry about any “sympathy votes” for the Vice President.
It appears that Binay has won a reprieve from his political enemies, some of whom apparently believe that with him out of the Cabinet and his propaganda ratings down, the irreparably colorless and dysfunctional Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, Mar Roxas, now stands a fighting chance as the LP presidential candidate. But if we are looking at Roxas, we are looking at the wrong party. The nation stands in great danger, not from Roxas who could still “lose unopposed,” especially if his celebrated spouse becomes his chief campaigner, but rather from Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, whom some oligarchs would like to inflict upon the nation as their President.
At their behest, the propaganda fraudsters have already put her on top of their skewed “surveys.” They now portray her as the 2016 “presidential frontrunner,” and also the top choice for Vice President, despite the fact that she is not a natural-born Filipino and therefore not qualified, under the Constitution, to run for President, Vice President, senator or member of the House of Representatives. They go further by making her “the best performing senator” despite her having suppressed from public perusal and sent to the archives the Senate committee report on its official inquiry into the Mamasapano massacre of the 44 Special Action Force police commandos on an anti-terrorist mission on January 25, 2015. This was as big and outrageous a crime as the 19 senator-judges each accepting bribes of P50 million and more from Pnoy (Senate President, P100 million; Chiz Escudero, P98 million) to convict and remove Chief Justice Renato Corona on a highly questionable offense.
As head of the Senate Committee on Public Order, Grace Poe’s duty was to find out under what circumstances the 44 SAF commandos were killed, and why PNoy, having assumed direct control of the commando operation, ordered the reinforcement units to stand down when they were most needed. Yet Grace Poe decided to suppress this report, to shield PNoy from his clear culpability for the death of the 44 commandos. According to my latest information, the SAF widows are filing murder charges in the next few days against those responsible for the death of their husbands in the hands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. We pray the good senator will not be implicated for suppressing the Senate report.
Grace Poe has acquired a persona bigger than reality and without any relationship whatsoever to her private and public life. So some of the biggest oligarchs would like to impose her upon the population as their presidential candidate despite her not being qualified for the office. And they seem convinced there’s no stopping it.
Binay used to lead all the “trust surveys” by the country’s two notorious polling firms, before they decided to prop her up. Despite sustained accusations of wrongdoing while he was still mayor of Makati, his trust rating remained high, especially outside of Metro Manila where people have not followed closely the barrage of anti-Binay stories from the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee.
But simply by playing around with the number of respondents in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, SWS, which is owned and controlled by Grace Poe’s adoptive uncle, Mahar Mangahas, put Poe on top of its June 5 to 8 propaganda survey. In an analysis that first appeared on Facebook, former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong, a CPA-lawyer and convenor of the Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections, tries to explain the phenomenon.
The fraudster did not have to ask the “samples” or respondents leading questions this time. Simply by drawing 300 “samples” from each of the four geographic sites involved, regardless of each site’s voting strength, SWS loaded the survey in favor of Poe. This was done by getting more respondents from Metro Manila,Visayas and Mindanao where there were more potential Poe supporters, and not enough respondents from the rest of Luzon where there were more potential Binay supporters.
Both the demolition jobs on Binay and Poe’s precocious campaign have been felt most strongly in Metro Manila, mainly because it is the nation’s media capital, and in the Visayas, where she comes from. In the rest of Luzon, where Binay traces his roots, SWS failed to put in enough respondents corresponding to the size of the voting population. Were the voters-to-respondents ratio properly followed, Chong suggests, Metro Manila, with a voting population of 5,996,193 or 11.53 percent of the national voting population of 52,006,910 (as of October 2013), should have had 138 respondents only, not 300. Visayas, with a voting population of 10,735,024 or 20.64 percent of the total, should have had 248 only, not 300. Mindanao, with a population slightly bigger than that of the Visayas, and where Grace Poe’s adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., used to have a large following as an action star, should have had 277 only. On the other hand, the rest of Luzon, with a voting population of 23,277,506 or 44.76 percent of the total, should have had 537, not just 300.
The danger lies not so much in the larger-than-life myth being created in favor of Grace Poe. Sooner or later, her true character will be revealed, and the myths about her exposed for their real worth. More questions would be asked. And more people would have a less idealized view of every aspect of her personal life. How heavily does she smoke and drink? How many cuss words does she use in one sentence when talking to small people and lowly subordinates? Does she throw things in a fit? How faithful is she to any oath she has taken in her life? Will the religious sisters who support her now still support her when they get to know the real Grace Poe outside of her public image?
Her propagandists will now use the survey results to condition the minds of the voters. That’s dangerous enough. But it’s still part of the electoral game, if you can stand it: they will try to fool as many people as they can in favor of their unworthy candidate. It’s your own lookout. The voter who votes for a candidate who is sold to the public as “popular” rather than as one who is truly virtuous and competent is likely to be fooled. So from one election to another, the naïve and gullible voters are fooled.
The real danger lies in any part of the public accepting the survey “results” as gospel truth, the cheating syndicates using those “results” as their guide to produce the predicted results and the public “celebrating” everything the cheating machine churns out. This is the evil that plagued our past elections, and allowed the fraudsters to paint their electoral crime as a service to the electorate. Now, the danger has grown beyond all proportions, as big business decided to promote as presidential candidate a political opportunist whom they know is not constitutionally qualified for the office she seeks.
Our biggest problem with Grace Poe is not Grace Poe alone, but the oligarchs who want to own her as President. They want to enthrone her as President not because of anything related to the common good or the national interest, but because they believe they, the economic oligarchy, should be running government. They would like to own the country by owning the President first. They seem convinced that with all their money they could open a road for Grace Poe anywhere, even through a dead end where the Constitution has built a wall that cannot be breached.
They seem to believe that should the case ever get to the Supreme Court, they would have no problem, given their money, power and influence, in persuading the SC justices to rule that a politician who had no known nationality from birth, and had to go through a legal process to become a Filipino citizen at a young age; a second legal process later in life to denounce and abjure totally and entirely her Philippine citizenship and become a citizen of the United States; a third legal process to renounce her US citizenship after accepting a Philippine government position that required a Philippine citizenship; and a fourth legal process to reacquire her Philippine citizenship before running for the Senate is actually a “natural-born” Filipino citizen–a term used by the Constitution to define a Filipino citizen from birth who does not have “to perform any act to acquire or perfect [her]Philippine citizenship.”
Big business’ brazen attempt to openly control the electoral process completes the idiotization of our politics. It must be stopped. If Aquino believes the only way for him to escape prosecution and punishment for all his unpunished crimes is to throw away the Constitution, common sense and the rules of fair play in order to allow big business to own Grace Poe as President, then the nation may not have seen the worst yet. Blood will probably flow if Aquino fails to stop this madness.