Can Binay overcome?

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In the apparent hope of stopping the trial by publicity being waged against him by Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th, Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd at the Senate blue ribbon committee, Vice President Jejomar Binay last week met with the only person who could call off the “take-no-prisoners” beastly attack, namely President B. S. Aquino 3rd, whom he continues to regard as his personal friend and ally.

No details have come out of that private meeting. But the fact that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered a probe on Binay immediately thereafter, assigning a couple of National Bureau of Investigation teams to do the job, only means that Aquino will exert little effort to help his “friend.” This, notwithstanding Trillanes’ suspicion that Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma had a hand in arranging the meeting and a clear interest in its favorable result.

Binay could expect his ordeal to continue. He can have no illusion. They are out to devour him. As early as months ago, he already knew this was coming. I had written about it and had described it as a Malacañang project, with the President himself presiding over the small planning sessions. The declared objective was to refloat Mar Roxas’s political career, which had taken a beating during the siege of Zamboanga and completely gone under at the height of the natural disaster in Tacloban.

The other side of this particular coin was to make sure Binay would not be able to file his certificate of candidacy in 2016. According to the plan, they would first hit Mrs. Elenita Binay, then Mayor Jun Jun Binay, then finally the Vice President. Although he was adequately forewarned, Binay probably thought they would exercise some restraint. But the whole scheme is now in full swing.


Binay could have stopped the Senate blue ribbon investigation simply by invoking the Constitution and the Rules of the Senate. Sen. Nancy Binay, his eldest daughter, or a sympathetic senator could have asked the Senate as a body to stop the police investigation masquerading as “an inquiry in aid of legislation.” Why did they fail to do this and allow the three young senators to inquire into allegations that are already before the Ombudsman? This was worse than “forum shopping.” This was a forum shopping for an investigation.

This is not to defend or protect Binay from any accusation of wrongdoing. If he is guilty of anything at all, he should be prosecuted and punished, and prevented from running for any office at all. But under the Rule of Law this has to be done in the proper way through the proper forum. Binay must be charged and tried before the proper court of law, not before a Senate subcommittee and some conscript newspapers.

Trillanes may be forgiven for not knowing the Rules. But Cayetano is Senate majority leader by virtue of his being chairman of Rules, while Pimentel was supposed to have been a bar topnotcher. Why have they chosen to defile the law in favor of cheap personal ambition?

In trying to destroy Binay, have they not destroyed themselves and the Senate even more quickly? Have they not rendered the Senate unfit to become the breeding ground of future leaders? By trying to focus the nation’s attention on the merits or lack of merits of one presidential aspirant, are they not unduly diverting the nation’s attention from the more important issue, which in fact is prejudicial to the holding of 2016 elections?

Shouldn’t we be talking about the worthiness of the process by means of which we shall choose our leaders, rather than about the worthiness of those who aspire to take part in it? For those who believe we should have elections in 2016, regardless of how rotten the electoral process has become, and that the unverified “findings” of the propaganda pollsters (fraudsters to some) represent the sentiment of the people, Binay could be a “shoo-in.” But should we be talking at all about what the surveys when we should be talking of matters more fundamental?

What has apparently provoked Binay’s enemies is that having announced his plan to run in 2016, he continued to lead the propaganda polls as “the most trusted official” in the land. My own political experience has taught me not to trust these surveys, but most politicians and even newspapermen do, and that seems to me a serious moral, intellectual and political problem. The truth is never ascertained by surveys.

In the case of Binay, I have always thought that he did not need those surveys to register favorably in the public eye. He is always there wherever a calamity strikes; he is there whenever an overseas Filipino worker figures in a capital crime abroad and is meted the death sentence; and he is in every wake in every funeral home at the ungodliest hour to condole with the family of the departed. Thus while it used to be said that no one was officially dead until you read their obituary in one particular paper, now, some people say no one is official dead until you see Binay at their wake.

Yet Binay’s people used the propaganda survey with amazing consistency and resolve to drum up his image as the man to beat in the next presidential race. And they succeeded in convincing themselves and a lot of other people about this. But this had unavoidable consequences. Immediately, it set Binay up as the biggest political target for those who did not exactly share his politics or whose ambitions ran directly in conflict with his.

Would Binay be the subject of such savage demolition job today had he not announced his plan to run for president so early in the day, and indulged the propaganda pollsters, who were only too eager to supply him with “the most trusted” figures on a regular basis? I seriously doubt it.

But in their eagerness to overwhelm the public with the tantalizing numbers procured from the pollsters, the vice president’s camp overlooked the most important thing about propaganda surveys. This: that the numbers could change, very suddenly and very drastically, depending on the political circumstances. This is not mere theory. He has actually experienced it.

For most of the 2010 vice presidential campaign, as he himself loves to recall, Binay was nowhere near Mar Roxas’s impressive numbers. And then, as if by sheer magic, he swept past him from his unmentionably low starting point.

Likewise, presidential candidate Manny Villar looked as unsinkable as the Bismarck with his commanding lead until he was vilified as “Villaroyo” (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Trojan horse) and the two polling agencies with interlocking directorships under the control of PNoy’s close relatives and friends decided to prop up the senator from Tarlac for the highest office.

In the US last June, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the second most powerful member of the House, lost in a stunning Tea Party upset to Randolph-Macon College economic professor Dave Brat despite his previously impressive numbers.

Without dismissing the value and function of “ratings,” political leaders must fight for bigger and higher things. This is now the challenge to our Vice President. Faced with all the things being thrown into his face, his chances of overcoming all these will depend on whether he is prepared to recognize that the transformation of our political system, beginning with our totally debased electoral system, is the most critical issue at this time, and that he should be able to tell the nation that he would not care to run in any election unless it was a truly clean and honest one.

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  3. The corrupt is investigating the corrupt…nothing will happen with this zarzuela. With the present crop of Senators we have, Drilon can never restore the trust of the people with the Senate/

  4. Binay is known for his courage and Rambo attitude, during the time of Pres. Aquino facing multiple coup de ta, but now why seem so afraid Si espanol his fear of what that they could damage him more if he will face off his accuser in media full day coverage. One thing prove that they are wrong and you are right, this is your chance, by keeping yourself silence, many Filipinos are convince that your corrupt, even OFW in Saudi, UAE, Oman, Qatar Bahrain and Kuwait is weighing if you are still good to become President. Because your hidden wealth, and now called as corrupt dampen or damage your personality. If you cannot fight back then one thing is true, what they are hurled to you are true.

  5. NBI already started the investigation & we should wait for their findings. These people are accurate in findings the truth so the filipino people will now what is really the score. We should know at the earliest so that by 2016, electorate can decide who will be the next
    President for another 6-years.

  6. The problem in our country the Philippines is the people ourselves. We forget that our politicians is also human. Our politicians also because of their desire to serve the country and the pilipino people tried so many ways in how to get the position that it turn out to be like running a business. political parties and the candidates themselves raised money to finance the campaign oftentimes they accept donations from the electorates regardless of their status who has also an interest to gain when their candidates win in the election. VP Binay has a very good style in making good relations in his community that most people like him. Of course financial support is necessary for his program. If financial support of the community to him is not by demand or comes as voluntary donations not as bribe. Bldg. cost is by the bidders only. Then all money that comes to him for his program is a common procedure also practiced by most politicians. But corruptions existed since time immemorial, it is now the conscience of the people in politics on what to do and how they could serve the country & the people.

  7. The problem is Tatad is dabbling with law when he should not. Not only that, he is raising issues that are remotely relevant.( “Transformation of political system”) There are allegations against Binay. They should be answered.

  8. Yes. VP Binay should take your suggestion seriously. Declare that he will no longer run for Presidency unless the election process is fixed. That way, he will be moving the attention of everybody from the allegations against him to the issue of our rotten election system.

  9. Sonny Dela Cruz on

    Pls. forget the people who will run for president comes 2016. What you people should do first is to change the system of government in the Philippines, not again a Unicameral system of government but to change it to Federal system. Why Federal system of government. This is where the Philippines was, a tribal system before the Spanish landed in Cebu. Tribal system is the same as Federal system of government. The development and progress of each regions are in the hands of the Governor and not the President. Right now, if you want a good project for your region, you have to kiss the President ass or you’ll never get it. Rally to change the System of government and the Constitution to suit the culture of the Filipino people. Parliamentary system will never work in the Philippines, not in the Filipno culture.

    • Nope, non sequitur. If the Barangays have their own funding, they can do whatever project they deem most beneficial to their constituents. They can pursue the projects they decide on and even invest in any project any tycoon will put up in their locality so that they become beneficial owners of any such project. They will never have any need for any governor, mayor or congressman. The President will just have to deal with foreign relations and national defense under a First Philippines Plan.

  10. Senate investigation is a test for would be president if he really deserves to the position. If he becomes president and later be known to be so corrupt in his previous positions, what disservice would it be for the senate for its failure to do its job. This is the process to purge the list for the highest position. The people deserve to know the truth. If this is the way to do it, let it be the way. Anyway presidency is a destiny.

  11. It is highly possible that VP Binay is really hiding something damaging to his presidential ambitions and is afraid the senate investigation, or inquisition, will uncover this. His strategy in not appearing in the investigation and seeking PNoy’s strong support to his position will only strengthen the impressions by most people that his presidential ambition hinges on PNoy’s support. This is crucial to both their friendship and relationship and for sure, Binay has some ammunition to strike at PNoy in case he renege on his support. That may be the reason the two are carefully holding out any adverse political statement, especially PNoy on whom to support come 2016.

    • In my own analysis, the reason why VP Binay did’nt show up in the senate investigation is a little biblical. He presumed that all politicians are the same. To those who think they did’nt commit a sin shall cast the first stone. Those who think evil are themsleves evil. Hypocrisy becomes a common practice.

  12. Could it be they didnt invoke these constitutional rules because if in subsequent investigations by the ombudsman they found factual evidence to charge binay & did charge him & found guilty they would then look to be his cohorts trying by any means to get a guilty man off the hook. I cant think of any other logical reason.
    But if these senators are breaking the law they should also be punished, & i always found it so strange that binay never seemed to answer these allegations. If they were lies surely it would be so easy to dispel them, or most of them & then the accusers would be shown for what they are & voters would or should go against them. But if false accusations are made as in this case & if the accusations are totally without any merit whatsoever those instigators should be prevented from ever running for any government office or position. There needs to be consequences for illegal actions.

  13. The only defense, if at all, Binay has is to deny the allegations. He has not presented any solid evidence against the allegations. He must present solid proof by having audited, transparent and honest accounting where he got his wealth. Where are the notarized business and bank transactions? If the wealth is not ill-gotten, how did he and his family get the wealth in a short time?

    PRESENT THE PROOF OF DEFENSE. DO NOT JUST DENY!

    • It’s the other way around. It’s the accuse that must present solid and real proof about the accused. The necessity of proof always lies with the person who lays the charges. That how it works in an actual rule of law.

    • If my reading of the law is correct, it is the ACCUSER who should provide evidence or proof that Binay is corrupt, that all his wealth are ill-gotten. At this point in time, all that has been said against Binay are pure conjectures and innuendos. In short, allegations. True or not, the photos of his allege property in Batangas are just photos. It should be supported by evidences or paper trails like ownership, TCT, SEC registration, etc. Me, too wants to know the truth. The noises being made by these 3 senatongs are just pure grandstanding for their own self-vested interest.

  14. Dominador D. Canastra on

    Your discussion of VP Binay’s chances is correct. What you did not include or make clear is the futility of all efforts to get him elected since it looks like the conspiracy between the Liberal Party-Aquino with the Comelec-Smartmatic/PCOS machines is sure to MAKE the next set of officials in this country in 2016.

  15. I am a 74 year old man and I have a wish that I would like to share with you. I wish that Congress ( both the Senate and the House of Representative) together with the Judiciary
    grant the COMELEC extra power to disallow or prohibit individuals to file their candidacy
    for president in 2016 if they have outstanding and unresolved allegations against them on
    hidden wealth, kickbacks, betrayal of public trust, etc. I think this is fair and just and it indeed
    will give peace of mind to the Filipino people and the whole nation. This is a good start to make elections in 2016 and beyond clean and honest.

    • I think that your ideas are well thought and should be considered as one of the legislation that resulted from this investigations. Bravo!

  16. “This is not to defend or protect Binay from any accusation of wrongdoing. If he is guilty of anything at all, he should be prosecuted and punished, and prevented from running for any office at all.” Need more be said?

  17. Mr. Tatad, as you said: “Binay could have stopped the Senate blue ribbon investigation simply by invoking the Constitution and the Rules of the Senate. Sen. Nancy Binay, his eldest daughter, or a sympathetic senator could have asked the Senate as a body to stop the police investigation masquerading as “an inquiry in aid of legislation.” Why did they fail to do this and allow the three young senators to inquire into allegations that are already before the Ombudsman? ” This is a critical question that has to be answered. I do not see the answer in your article.

  18. Roldan Guerrero on

    Binay`s association and heavy ties with Pinoy makes him ineligible as the next President of this Republic. Only stupid individuals could not understand that the VP if ever elected will not free the master and father of worst scams in Phil. history. He may not spare the accomplises of Pinoy but surely he will free his best friend as whom he calls! We should start searching for an alternative presidentiable who has a cleaner hand than Binay.

  19. I wish all these allegations on VP. Binay did not happen, but if the Liberal party’s intention is just to smear Mr. Binay this could backfire on them. If the Binay family believe that all these allegations are not true, you must defend yourself and come out clean, so your countrymen will know the truth and that is the vindication you need to win the Presidential election in 2016, no matter who the Liberal Party, or any party for that mater you will face, hands down. Good luck and God bless.