• If Veep Jojo Binay becomes president…

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    Efren Danao

    Efren Danao

    In what was billed as “a working lunch” with columnists and the top honchos of The Manila Times at the Coconut Palace last Thursday, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay admitted that he had always dreamt of becoming president but added that things might change and so he could not categorically say that he would run for the post in 2015. Still, he readily answered our questions about what he would do if he were elected president.

    Binay said there’ll be an easing of tension with China even if the conflicting claims over the West Philippine Sea will be pursued. This is because he said he favors joint exploration of the contested areas, which is also the position of China, and the setting aside of questions of sovereignty.

    Many nationalists want the country to stress its claim over the West Philippine Sea. President Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd even said that Filipinos would be willing to defend their territory to the last drop of their blood. The stand of the Veep shows that there would be no such belligerency if he were in power. Why? Because despite the Mutual Defense Treaty, there’s no iron-clad guarantee that the United States would come to our succor if China invades us.

    When asked how he could ensure that economic gains would trickle down to the masses, he answered that he’ll push for the amendment of the Constitution to allow foreigners to own more than a 40-percent equity in a corporation, including those engaged in mining. He also favors foreigners to own land. This would attract more foreign investments and the increased economic activity would create jobs and reduce unemployment.

    Many, including me, agree that this limitation in the Constitution is the main reason why foreign investments have not been entering our country, unlike our neighbors that have no such restrictions on foreign investors. As regards land, well, foreigners can’t bring the land with them to their native land. Many Filipinos own land and houses in the United States and in other countries, and we can’t question the nationalism of the citizens of those other countries.

    I was disappointed; however, to hear the Vice President stress that amendments of the Constitution will be limited to its economic provisions. I’ve been hoping to hear from him a call for a shift to a federal-parliamentary form of government. I’ve been disappointed with our highly centralized form of government and I believe that the impetus on “Imperial Manila” has been stifling the progress of many regions.

    Our VP said he feared a constant change in government once we shift to a parliamentary form of government. He contended that the stability of a government should not be decided by a handful of lawmakers who might not even represent majority of the thinking of the populace.

    This stand convinced me that he has already distanced himself from the PDP-Laban, once called the only political party in the Philippines with an ideology. The espousal of a federal-parliamentary form of government and of cooperativism has been a hallmark of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) since its founding in 1982 by Sen. Nene Pimentel and of the PDP-Laban since PDP’s merger in 1986 with the Lakas ng Bayan (Laban) founded by Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in 1978.

    Binay is the current chair of PDP-Laban but he’s also the head of the United Nationalist Alliance, the umbrella organization of non-administration parties. In our meeting last Thursday, he pointed out that he originally belonged to Laban, as if to explain further why he wasn’t pursuing PDP-Laban’s advocacy of federalism.

    Oh yes, speaking of PDP-Laban, I’m reminded of an anecdote involving the late Sen. Blas Ople. Ka Blas was walking near a restaurant at the Century Park-Sheraton Hotel when he said Binay, Nene Pimentel, then Sen. Joker Arroyo and then Makati Rep. Teddyboy Benigno in a huddle. Ka Blas went over to their table and quipped: “It looks like the PDP-Laban is having a national convention.”

    If the Veep were the President, he would allow the interment of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani with full military honors. He made such a recommendation to the President about a year ago and got the approval of now Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos. Rep. Imelda Marcos, I think, wanted state honors, not just military honors. Anyway, the President turned down the recommendation to inter the late strongman at the heroes cemetery.

    He said a few more things that he would do if he were in Malacanang, like stricter implementation of laws and the imposition of more discipline. What he would not do until 2016 is declare the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) an out-and-out opposition party. He played it safe and said UNA would be a “constructive oppositionist.” So, UNA’s foot will be half in and half out, which I find disconcerting.

    efrendanao2003@yahoo.com

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    1. Why I would never vote for Binay!
      (qoute)
      In what was billed as “a working lunch” with
      columnists and the top honchos of The
      Manila Times at the Coconut Palace last
      Thursday, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo”
      Binay admitted that he had always dreamt of
      becoming president but added that things
      might change and so he could not
      categorically say that he would run for the
      post in 2015. Still, he readily answered our
      questions about what he would do if he were
      elected president.
      Binay said there’ll be an easing of tension
      with China even if the conflicting claims over
      the West Philippine Sea will be pursued. This
      is because he said he favors joint exploration
      of the contested areas, which is also the
      position of China, and the setting aside of
      questions of sovereignty.(unqoute)
      He is willing to share to China what is
      essentially ours. He does not care if we share
      the West Philippine Sea with China as long as
      we get a share of the revenue. Tama ba ang
      kanyang kaisipan? Ganito lang ang gusto nya
      mangyari, halimbawa meron kang pag aaring
      lupa ngunit may ibang tao na gusto umangkin
      nun at sasabihin sayo na hahatian na lang
      kita sa kikitain ng lupa para wag na tayong
      magtalo. Papayag ka ba sa ganong usapan?
      Hahatian mo yung nang aagaw ng lupa mo?
      Wala talagang pagpapahalaga sa soberenya
      ng bansa itong si Binay.
      Sabi nya pa wala naman daw garantiya na
      tutulongan tayo ng Amerika kaya wag na lang
      makipag talo sa China, tama ba naman yun!
      Una sa lahat hindi ang Amerika ang dapat na
      magtanggol sa bayan natin kundi ang sarili
      nating AFP. Kung nilalagay lamang ng mga
      corrupt na pulitiko tulad ni Binay yung mga
      ninanakaw nilang pera sa pagbili ng gamit ng
      AFP eh di meron tayong magagamit sa
      pagdepensa ng ating teritoryo. Si Binay yung
      mga tipo ng lider na unang unang yuyuko at
      makikipagsabwatan sa mga dayuhan kung
      sakaling sakopin ang ating bansa. Sya ang
      bagong makapili.

    2. No to Roxas or Binay the lap dogs of abnoy.. Yes to Mariam Defensor, Bong Marcos, Richard Gordon, Joker Arroyo and maybe a dark horse might just appear, as long as we don’t vote anyone connected with the Aquinos and Roxases.

    3. Mr. Danao pwede mag propose ng new form of government na combination Parliamentary at Presidential? I think ito ang dapat na form of government satin na para mabalanse kahinaan at kalakasan ng mga Pilipino.

    4. POMPEYO PEDROCHE on

      If Binay’s presidential platform includes the dismantling of political dynasties, he has my vote; otherwise, I will pray for his and family’s political demise.

    5. In 2016, no Binay, no Roxas, no one even remotely Yellow…

      We need to have someone who will send Pnoy and his gang to JAIL in 2016…

      After waiting patiently and suffering for 6 years, we deserve to look for something that will give us joy….

      A trip to Veterans, perhaps…?

      If Bongbong Marcos will promise to send Aquino to jail, and open the BNP, he gets my vote…

      We have now seen the media-created hatred for Marcos and GMA were all exaggerated…those were far better days than Pnoy’s…

    6. How i wish the voters will stop first in criticizing incumbent politicians and focus instead in looking for good leaders who we can urge to be candidates.

    7. canuto dinglasan on

      Jejomar Binay’s family political dynasty has grown tremendously over the years he’s been in politics. I have just one question, Mr. Binay, Sir: When will your family pet dog run for public office?

    8. Anima A. Agrava on

      I wrote these sentences in my comment to the article by Rene Bas:

      “Judge the VP by what he accomplished and what he actually did in Makati City. Under him traffic rule enforcement was almost as strict and uniform as in Subic under Gordon. City hall was well-managed and efficient. The Ayalas and the Malati businessmen were generally happy with the way Mayor Binay ran their city the way a good business corporation should be managed.”

      Let’s not be too unthinking about politics. Let’s judge the work that politicians have really accomplished.

      Anima A. Agrava

      • “Public office is a public trust” so states Article XI Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution! As it stands today, and it seems to be the general rule: “Public office is a PUBLIC TRUST FUND”! This is the driving force of the Philippine POLITICAL CURSE . . . a country run like hell by politicians who adhere to “Public office is a PUBLIC TRUST FUND”.

        Leadership demands CHARACTER and INTEGRITY. One measure is DEEDS matching WORDS! Now read – http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/02/10/906937/binay-no-need-rush-cha-cha – this is an interesting passage:

        “However others may criticize or denigrate it, we should raise the Constitution to its honored place by giving it our highest reverence and respect and living its spirit faithfully and passionately without waiting for all its lofty principles and pious declarations to be translated into specific and enforceable enabling laws by Congress,”

        Now, Article II Section 26 of the same Constitution reds in part . . . PROHIBITS POLITICAL DYNASTY!

        The WORDS do not seem to match the DEEDS!!!

    9. For those who are in favor of Mr. Binay he is like the amiable Sr. Angara who is very transactional. The nation would be better if we get rid of both of them.and include the incompetent highly educated Mar Roxas.

    10. If Binay can’t save the Filipina who was caught allegedly as drug mule in China from execution, how can he defend the position of our country. There is no way he can get the Chinese to joint exploration. The Chinese have their first aircraft carrier and planning to build 3 more. Where do you think this will be used?

      • renato villanueva on

        my prediction on the constitution change: Parliamentary form of government will be installed and Binay will Prime Minister for Life and our government will be run like a family business.

        “Do you know that I am the President of the republic?” Expanding it from “do you know that I am the Mayor of Makati” My God help us.