• The Inquirer vs Binay

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    The drop in satisfaction and presidential-preference ratings of Vice President Jejomar Binay has been invariably reported by media and even by our purported social scientists who do the surveys as due, to use Pulse Asia’s explanation as an example, to “the senate’s continued investigation into allegations of corruption against” the leading presidential candidate for 2016.

    That is grossly wrong. The usual 1,200 respondents interviewed by the polling firms obviously weren’t in the Senate hearings. What they know about the investigation against Binay totally, completely come from the media. We always forget that the source of what people know, or think they know, is usually the media.

    Unless one deliberately, and often with much effort, adopts a critical or scientific view, our perception of society and politics is manufactured, or passed off as reality in the modern age through the prism of media.

    It is amazing, indeed, that many bigoted people post their views on Facebook and in the “comments” section of newspapers as if their views were their carefully considered opinion, when most of the time, it is obvious that they merely acted like robots in accepting uncritically false or misleading press accounts, and aren’t even aware of it.

    Unless you were there yourself, or at least watched the live proceedings, what you’d know about the Senate investigation and the corruption charges is totally what the media has fed you.

    We have a huge media industry, and print media is dominated by three broadsheets, the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), the Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Star. Broadsheet articles are also believed to be uncritically repeated in radio stations all over the country.

    At least in the case of Binay’s ratings, the PDI has demonstrated its awesome power in molding people’s perceptions and assessments of political personalities.

    I have analyzed the coverage of the Binay issue, particularly on his so-called Batangas estate from October 8 to November 20 last year. The reason for these dates is first, it was on Oct 8 that PDI started its remarkable, nearly unbroken, series of banner stories and front-page photos on the allegations against Binay.

    Secondly, the major poll, that by Pulse Asia, which obviously was positioned to determine the impact of the investigation (or that of media coverage), was undertaken from Nov 14 to 20. (Banner stories are those in very large letters across the first page of a newspaper. These are normally what the editors consider to be the most important news that happened the previous day. Some newspapers though, the PDI most prominently, devote such banner stories to their scoops or to articles that the editors want their readers not to miss.)

    BINAY BARRAGE IMAGE

    This is how you brainwash people. Inquirer’s Binay barrage: In its 44 issues from October 8, 2014 to November 20, 29 had banner headlines on the accusations against the VP. In the same period the Manila Bulletin had only two, and the Philippine Star, four.

    The results of my analysis are astonishing, maybe shocking, but not really unusual for the PDI, as they have launched similar campaigns against Chief Justice Renato Corona and the three senators now in jail for alleged plunder involving pork barrel funds. There was actually a less intensive barrage against Binay a few weeks earlier involving the alleged overprice of Makati City Hall Building II in September.

    In the 44 issues from Oct 8 to Nov 20, PDI had 29 banner-stories on the allegations against Binay.

    On four consecutive days starting Oct 8, PDI had such screaming headlines that virtually convicted Binay of corruption: ‘Binay farm a 350-ha. estate’; Binay’s P1.2-B estate behind overpricing; Village folk readily say Binays own hacienda, (with a huge photo of the mansion allegedly owned by the Vice President); and ‘P4B shared by Makati execs.’

    Note that the editors didn’t even bother putting the second headline between single quotation marks to indicate “as alleged.”

    What were the banner headlines of the two other broadsheets with the biggest circulations on those days? The Manila Bulletin had the following: Ombudsman probing Purisima’s wealth; Yolanda victims cry out for help; Widespread Ebola contagion feared; and Aquino abandons term extension bid.

    The Philippine Star, on the other hand, had the following banner headlines: Ratings plummet but Binay still the most trusted; 4 out of 5 MM police chiefs sacked for crime rate; Noy wants better China ties.

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    Are they covering the same country?

    Compared with the PDI’s 29 banner headlines that reported on the Senate investigation on Binay’s corruption charges, how many did the other two papers have?

    The Bulletin had only two: 79 percent want Binay to face Senate, and, Binay snubs Senate probe.

    The Star had only four: Binay wants to face Senate; Binay snubs Senate probe; Binay backs out of debate; and PNoy told to keep hands off VP probe. The Star had more banner stories on the Ebola epidemic scare (8) and the killing of a “Subic transgender” (11).

    It was as if the three of our biggest newspapers were covering different countries. The two newspapers, of course, did report the Senate investigation, but not as banner stories as the PDI did.

    In that 44-day period, one would even suspect that the PDI had some unwritten policy of publishing some “Binay corruption” story every single day. There was only one issue in that entire period, on Nov 10 that, in fact, didn’t have a Binay corruption article.

    There were articles in that period that were not banner stories but were on the front page or inside pages that weren’t really news, as in novel information, but only provided an excuse for repeating the allegations against the Vice President.

    Three weeks after the “hacienda” issue was raised, and even after the main whistle-blower Ernesto Mercado had corrected his figures – the alleged farm was only 150 hectares in size – the PDI routinely repeated the phrase “a 350-hectare property dubbed Hacienda Binay.” It was a classic Hitler propaganda technique: Repeat a big lie again and again until it sounds like truth.

    That was not the first time the PDI had engaged in such coverage by which it produced its banner stories. The three-step manufacture of public opinion, as I have written before, is as follows:

    First, some whistle-blowers’ allegations are published as banner headlines for a period of days. Second, Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations undertake their polls that confirm the demonization of the target by the whistle-blower, with the pollsters’ numbers providing the accusations with some veneer of objectivity. Third, charges are filed, in Corona’s case, in the impeachment court and for the three senators, in the Sandiganbayan.

    But President Aquino’s camp was able to get away with this SOP when his popularity ran high and his incompetence had not yet been exposed. This regime, though, is at its twilight, and it would be too late to take out Binay in this manner.

    So far in this 2016 election contest, and believe you me, it started in October with the first broadside involving the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II, it is not Mar Roxas versus Binay, since Aquino’s guy has been hopelessly stuck .

    It is not Grace Poe, who’s merely the newest but less qualified political incarnation of Loren Legarda (remember her, the vice running mate of Fernando Poe and then Manuel Villar with astronomical popularity ratings?). Of course it’s not Francis Escudero, nor Miriam Santiago.

    It is the Inquirer against Binay.

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    1. WE ARE NOT SAYING NA UR GUILTY O HINDI VP BINAY AND JUNJUN BINAY. KUNG MAKIKIPAGMATIGAS KA SA TAONG BAYAN AND IF U CONTINUE TO IGNORE SUMMONS OF HEARING THEN WE WILL DEFINITELY SUPPORT OTHER CANDIDATE FOR 2016 ELECTION TRUST ME THAT NO OTHER BINAY FAMILY WILL EVER COME TO POWER AGAIN.

    2. KABAN NG BAYAN ANG PINAG UUSAPAN SO KARAPATAN NG MGA TAO NA MALAMAN KUNG TOTOO BA O HINDI UNG MGA ALLEGATIONS SA BINAY FAMILY.. NAPAKASIMPLE LANG NAMAN ANG PINAG UUSAPAN DITO EH, UN AY UNG UNATTEND SOLA NG HEARING BUT APPARENTLY AYAW NILANG PUMUNTA SA ANONG DAHILAN? BECAUSE OF TJIS ACTIONS U CANNOT BLAME PEOPLE TO ASK THEIR CREDIBILITY. AKO AT PSMILYA KO EH MAKA-BINAY KAMI. 8 OF MY FAMILY MEMBER VOTED FOR THEM. OUR NEIGHBORS AS WELL AND ANG MGA EXTENDED FAMILY MRMBERS NAMIN. SA SA VILLAGE NAMIN IBINOTO NAMIN SINA NANCY AT VP BINAY PERO NGAYON NAWALA NG PARANG BULA ANG TIWALA NAMIN SA PAMILYA BINAY BEC OF THE ACTION THEY PREFER TO DO NA UNG HINDI PAG-IMIK O PAGTALIMA SA ISANG MASELANG BAGAY. WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM THE TRUTH HINDI U G PURO SA SOCIAL MEDIA O SA MANGILAN-ILANG GRUPO NG TAO LAMG SILA NAGSASABI.

      KUNG PAG UUSAPAN NAMAN UNG RATING EH MAKAMANG TAMA NA FAILED UNG RATING NG MGA BINAY. OF ALL NA MGA COMMENTS SA FACEBOOK AND TWEETER PURO NEGATIVE WHICH I BELIEVE TANA UNG RATING NA YAN NA FAILED NGA SI BINAY.

      THE SOVEREIGN FILIPINOS NEED AN EXPLANATION AND LET US BE THE JUDGE. IF WE FIND UR INNOCENT, BABALIK ANG SUPORTA NAMIN SA U AND WE ARE WILLING TO STAGE A PEOPLE-POWER-LIKE TO SUPPORT U.

      WE, THE U.P. DILIMAN ALUMNI, CHALLENGE U TO ATTEND THE HEARING FOR US TO HEAR UNG DEPENSA NYO SA ALLEGATION NILA. DONT TRY TO BLAME NEWSPAPER OR THE SOCIAL MEDIA KC PEOPLE ARE HEAR TO PROTECT THEIR INTEREST AND WANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS.

    3. bodik baniqued on

      I am just surprised by these “intellectuals” most importqntly when talking about money figures. How much are we talking about?
      Reviewing your figures, I still believe thqt the P170B DAP scam is pretty much bigger than the figires involved here.
      Are you guys weak in Math?
      If you reqlly are the clean people who are against real corruption and not jist simply hiding the skirts of your preferred presidents, then let’s advocate an INVESTIGATE ALL Campaign.
      Are there really clean wannabe’s here?
      Well look at tbe Senators investigating and the planned choreography which obvioisly defeats the purpose of good governance!

    4. Yes, we need an intelligent discussion. Thank you Mr. Tiglao. Many times even during the Papal Visit we come across the terrible ignorance of well known broadcast personalities. I believe they receive fantastic salaries but have no time even to research a little about legal concepts and most recently about Pope Francis. They just make useless, unintelligent and disgusting remarks/comments and if I had a way of taping it… More power to Mr. Tiglao. It is not often that I have the opportunity to read your comments but I do look forward to it. God bless.

    5. The reason the Philippines could not progress is because most of the people are in politics. specializing in demolition job with or without basis. Why make the story long, if there are charges prove it try to differentiate circumstancial evidence and substantial evidence. The senators could not judge or else they will be judged. Senators are entrusted by the people to make laws beneficial to the country. The court should be the judge. Complainants should present all evidences (substantial) against the accused. With regards to PDI, it is probably a concessions to run the issue against VP Binay so they have to do it. In this country, business is business and the nature of business is swindling so in news reporting, fabrication, lying, exaggerations is part of the game. The 3 senators could not render judgment as their power is only to investigate in aid of legislation. They would not aspire for the position of a judge in MTCC or RTC as they are already senators. Justice system needs thorough practice and experience. Pope Francis made a request to public officials to work in solving the scandalous poverty and social inequality in the country. Stop all form of corruptions.

    6. IMO, PDI is being paid to write these stories against VP Binay or the PDI owner and/or management are the real orchestrator to put VP Binay down because of their political affinity. Politics is business and PDI is in big business.

      • THE FACT THAT WE ARE PRO BINAY BEFORE, HAVE LIST OUR TRUST WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT THAT GOES HAND IN HAND IN THE LOST OF TRUST WITH NANCY AND JUNJUN BINAY.. OUR WHOLE COMPOUND CONDEMN THE ACTIONS OF BINAY OF NOT ATTENDING THE HEARING..FROM THAT ALONE U CSN SEE THAT MOST LIKELY THE SURVEYS ARE TRUE.

    7. Frank C Cornejo on

      Mr Tiglao am not really an ardent admirer of Binay. I can still change my mind mind if some better candidates will appear but I am inclined to believe your analysis. Starting today I will cease reading Inquirer and will focus on other major dailies, maybe Manila Times. Congrats for your convincing analysis.

    8. It’s cruel and barbaric for PDI to impose its agenda on the vulnerable people who have no time and means to do their own study to ferret out the truth themselves. They are probably worse than corrupt and perverted policemen who are supposed to protect the citizenry from harm.

      But, its never too late to correct their misdeeds if other newspapers like MT continue to commit to sticking to the truth even though its becoming less profitable to do so. Thanks for the painstaking research sir. May your tribe multiply!

    9. ariel c manipula on

      What a vibrant exchange of ideas.Keep up the good job Mr. Tiglao and may your readers multiply!

    10. If you feel PDI news not worthy then dont buy it. Maybe PDI or other group have motive against Binay and maybe those accusations against Binay were not 100% true. But unless Binay reputes them one by one, then Binay is giving PDI & his detractors an excuse to expose him.

    11. The inquirer is broadsheet sheet reporting like a tabloid to make monies in advertising. On circulations there is no way that broadsheet media can make monies because of the amount of newsprints and cost of deliveries makes them loose monies unless they reduce the copies and increase them during audit to claim they have so much in circulations. These are the usual tricks of the game on broadsheet media even before martial law years.

    12. westphilippines on

      Mr Roberto Tiglao,

      It is very definite that PDI is influenced, but the issue here is we are ordinary people who needs an honest to goodness answer from the person who is being accused of corruption. You have your day, Sir! Simple lang po kami mag-isip. Paano naging mayor, congresswoman, senator ang mga anak niya sa maliit na sweldo ng public servant? Nakaw, kikil, kotong, pabor o mahusay na pagkakalakal. Paano siya nagbayad ng taxes? kayo po ang mas matalino, paki-paliwanag ninyo nga po!

    13. Rosauro Feliciano on

      Mr. Binay should submit himself to the Senate for Investigation. Such investigation should be broadcasted to the whole nation in order for him to set good example as he is both an ordinary man and a man of high stature or prominence during election time. He is supposed to set good example by being not above our laws so the people can make their own opinion for good judgment if he is a corrupt politician or not, and not the media. The innovation of communication technology that upon which the people can express their thoughts in the ballot box, is a reference of their final say if indeed he is the candidate to be deserved to win the votes of the electorates, and I for one don’t care if he is mala cara or pangit. What I care is the integrity of the man to represent our nation.

    14. Vicente Penetrante on

      Media men are sniffers of smoke where there is fire. If the smoke poisons their lungs, they cannot move but have to stay put for some time, until the news continue to be news like the Senate investigation continues. People wait until when the media men will see and report the fire, if there is one.

    15. The Inquirer did this to Erap too starting on the first day of his term. I remember the headline: “Erap plans P10M kitchen renovation in the Palace” which was as usual, a big lie. I also remember that none in the anti-Erap camp complained.

    16. Eliseo Jr. P.Tenza on

      It takes only one case of corruption to declare a person corrupt. I will consider only one issue. The Makati World Class Green Parking building.( as described by Mayor Jun Jun Binay). I am an Architect, OFW, in Singapore. If that building cost is
      Php 2.7 B, It is is definitely cover priced. Where did the over priced funds go to? If not to the Mayor at that time who is the head of Makati, and who should know every thing happening in Makati. The evidence of corruption of VP Binay, open your eyes bright people, it is right in front of your eyes-The Makait, World Class, Green Parking Building.

      • You may be in Singapore and an architect at that but when has an architect been involved in negotiations of pricing for every work or material that was put up or done on a building? When has an architect been involved in the negotiations on the financial aspects of construction like cost of land; cost of money; interests costs; depreciation; inflationary effects on costs of labor and materials as well as out-of-pocket expenses like representation and utilities that are all part and parcel of any construction project? Are architects also now involved in quantity surveying to determine if the wall is one inch thicker more than what is specified in the plans or if the volume of earthwork excavated to determine depth of foundation is more than what was approved by the engineering office? C’mon, architects do not even know the number of rebars that go into forming a structural post nor the number of I-beams that go to support the thirteenth floor. If this is not the height of pretense, it surely is the paragon of hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty.

      • KABAN NG BAYAN ANG PINAG UUSAPAN SO KARAPATAN NG MGA TAO NA MALAMAN KUNG TOTOO BA O HINDI UNG MGA ALLEGATIONS SA BINAY FAMILY.. NAPAKASIMPLE LANG NAMAN ANG PINAG UUSAPAN DITO EH, UN AY UNG UNATTEND SOLA NG HEARING BUT APPARENTLY AYAW NILANG PUMUNTA SA ANONG DAHILAN? BECAUSE OF TJIS ACTIONS U CANNOT BLAME PEOPLE TO ASK THEIR CREDIBILITY. AKO AT PSMILYA KO EH MAKA-BINAY KAMI. 8 OF MY FAMILY MEMBER VOTED FOR THEM. OUR NEIGHBORS AS WELL AND ANG MGA EXTENDED FAMILY MRMBERS NAMIN. SA SA VILLAGE NAMIN IBINOTO NAMIN SINA NANCY AT VP BINAY PERO NGAYON NAWALA NG PARANG BULA ANG TIWALA NAMIN SA PAMILYA BINAY BEC OF THE ACTION THEY PREFER TO DO NA UNG HINDI PAG-IMIK O PAGTALIMA SA ISANG MASELANG BAGAY. WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM THE TRUTH HINDI U G PURO SA SOCIAL MEDIA O SA MANGILAN-ILANG GRUPO NG TAO LAMG SILA NAGSASABI.

        KUNG PAG UUSAPAN NAMAN UNG RATING EH MAKAMANG TAMA NA FAILED UNG RATING NG MGA BINAY. OF ALL NA MGA COMMENTS SA FACEBOOK AND TWEETER PURO NEGATIVE WHICH I BELIEVE TANA UNG RATING NA YAN NA FAILED NGA SI BINAY.

        THE SOVEREIGN FILIPINOS NEED AN EXPLANATION AND LET US BE THE JUDGE. IF WE FIND UR INNOCENT, BABALIK ANG SUPORTA NAMIN SA U AND WE ARE WILLING TO STAGE A PEOPLE-POWER-LIKE TO SUPPORT U.

        WE, THE U.P. DILIMAN ALUMNI, CHALLENGE U TO ATTEND THE HEARING FOR US TO HEAR UNG DEPENSA NYO SA ALLEGATION NILA. DONT TRY TO BLAME NEWSPAPER OR THE SOCIAL MEDIA KC PEOPLE ARE HEAR TO PROTECT THEIR INTEREST AND WANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS.

    17. “We have a huge media industry, and print media is dominated by three broadsheets, the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), the Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Star.” – So is it – I guess – with their “on-line editions,” based on the number of “comments submitted” by “netizens.”

    18. PDI believes that they have the clout until now to sway the thinking of the people.
      But they are mistaken. They have lost the magic when the people have realized
      that they are just a crony newspaper. They have list entirely its credibility due to their blind faith to the Aquinos. And that is their falling.

    19. & it seems to me that you think corona was an innocent man. Never mind that he was the supreme court chief justice, he said of the P180,000,000 found in his dollar account that it wasnt his. Ha ha ha ha. Please tell me who would put P180,000,000 of their own money in someone elses bank account. I will give you my bank detais & ask them to put it in my bank account. Let me tell you if its in your account, according to the law its your money.
      Then you mention about the 3 senators involved in the pork barrel scam. Well i read a lot on this & im almost 100% convinced these 3 senators ( & probably most senators ) are guilty of stealing government money.
      & now i ask you do you think we actually landed on the moon or do you think it was a hoax as you wernt on the moon to see them land there. You like me read about it in the media.

      • I think you’re terribly misinformed dustin. Not even Inquirer reorted a P180 million in his dollar account. Where in the world did you get this wrong info?
        RE moon landing, there’s no motivation for a hoax, and more importantly, launching etc was public, and three was a community of people we all scientists who monitored it.

      • APARENTLY BINAYARAN KA NG MGA BINAY MR RIGOBERTO JUST TO DEFEND THEM.. HAHAHA., FUNNY HOW U CLEANLY POINT YOUR FINGER TO PDI TO SOMEHOW BIAS PERO IKAW PALA UN, HAHAHA.. READ BETWEEN THE LINES MR TIGLAO. ALL WE WANT IS FOR THEM TO ATTEND YHE HEAR AS FOR US TO HEAR THEIR (BINAY’S) DEFENSES.

    20. Its like saying we only know of the moon landings because of what we read or see in the media. I believe we landed on the moon. Now with all these allegations against binay, i would have thought he would have been happy to answer any questions on his corruption, well he would if he were innocent.. he then challenged ( according to you the media ) trillanes to a live tv debate, & then he backed out ( according to you the media ). Now what would you expect a normal man to think from that or shouldnt we draw conclusions. In itself circumstantial evidence isnt good enough, but if there is an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence yes it matters. & also remember what you write is also the media yet you want people to believe you.

    21. I’m just wondering why will PDI engage in such demolition job against Binay. Any axe to grind against him?

    22. Good views Mr. Tiglao! PDI has no integrity! Iba talaga when they started off during the late Marcos years.

    23. Carl Cid Inting on

      Throw in ABS-CBN and Rappler, and it’s obvious that Binay is facing a major media demolition job. It can only happen when orders are coming all the way from the top.

    24. Jose A. Oliveros on

      This column validates what I have been telling in my comments in social media that the Philippine Daily Inquirer is the unOfficial Gazette of the PeNoy administration. The demolition job against Binay has the blessing of PeNoy and only the most naive will deny this.

    25. The Inquirer is the most read newspaper not because its editors and writers are the most competent but rather because their news articles are intriguing…more like a tabloid tsismis. People like to read sensational headlines that they can relate to easily like Binay’s case. All people hate thieves and Binay is widely perceived to be one who illegally enriched his family and that wide perception is not because of the Inquirer headlines but because Binay cannot and will not explain his side. Silence is a presumption of guilt. People want to read articles about sex, corruption and politics. These three ingredients are present in Binays case that’s why people focus on these issues. It is not because the Inquirer is a respectable newspaper that people read it rather it is read mostly by yellowtards who enjoy reading stories against the enemies of this yellow government.

      • So you mean to say that since Jesus kept his silence in front of Pilate, He should be guilty of all the accusations brought up by the Pharisees? Since Jose Mercado aka Jose Rizal preferred not to fight the accusations of the Spaniards, he must be guilty and deserved to die by firing squad?

      • My God MC! Jesus Chris “CONFESSED” in front of Pilate that He is the son of God and Jesus kept on saying up until He was crudified. Jesus last word “Father,Father forgive them for they dont kbow what they are doing”. From that statement alone, He is reiterating that to the people that He us the son if God!

    26. The chair of the PDI is rumored to have asked for and gotten favors from Malacanang with regards to the clan’s donut franchise PhP1B tax deficiency. She’ll scratch the president’s back, he’ll scratch hers. Monkey business.

    27. Well said.

      What I can add is that you failed to mention that during those excessive PDI headlines against Binay during the periods you mentioned, at least their were three to four banner stories in every issue at the PDI’s website, as if one story for each issue is not enough. Indeed, it’s Inquirer vs. Binay. Those headlines you mentioned are not banner stories but in reality, political propaganda. Clearly, if there is anyone engaged in early political campaigns, it’s PDI no doubt.

    28. What about you Mr. Rigoberto Tiglao, before today’s article, had you written anything about the investigation?.Could you have perhaps commented on the charges made on the Senate floor? Are you not perhaps bothered or disturbed at all that there might be some truth to them considering that the accused could be the next president of you country? Would you not be interested in finding the truth yourself, when after all, this is all that we the people would want to know? Therefore, Could you, a highly respected and influential columnist, perhaps have encouraged or suggested to Vice President Jejomar Binay to refute or, at least, address them on the very venue where they were brought, the Senate floor? Do you buy his reason that he has already been pre-judged in the Senate that is why he refuses to appear thereat? Would not his confronting his accusers in response to the invitation, definitely appease and satisfy the many whose anger and issue with Mr. Binay is just precisely his repeated refusal to answer the charges forthrightly, and his evasiveness in dealing with them? Instead you take a dig at the those who write and report on the investigation as if saying that if it were not for these papers, the Vice President’s reputation and rating would not suffer as much. But on the same breath you also claim that if it were not for these papers, people in remote areas would not even know about these charges, which is playing on the ignorance of rural people to maintain the rating of the VP. But to the discerning the Vice President’s reaction and handling of these charges against him, not the newspaper reports, is what drives people, many of whom could have voted for him, to the belief that he probably committed them, I submit that if anyone or anything is to blame for how these charges are resulting or developing into, it is the Vice President himself. He mishandled them, In fact I think he even stoked the fire. He could have nipped them in the bud unless….

    29. vagoneto rieles on

      The ‘zeroing’ in on VP Binay’s alleged corrupt ways by the three leading newspapers, (albeit to varying degrees), has evidently sank the Vice President’s ratings. It is, most probably, in the toilet now. An argument could be made for the seeming unfairness of this targeting; even as the same argument might be made, for the importance and ‘news-worthiness’ of the topic. One equally important aspect of this seemingly lopsided coverage, however, is the demonstrated and, now obvious, power of the media..both print and broadcast. A cause or a project that is espoused and promoted by media will have more than just a fair chance of succeeding.
      Imagine, if you will, when media take on the cause of promoting ‘functional literacy’ and civic mindedness. An advocacy like this will surely catch on and, the people, both the ‘masa’ and the ‘privileged elite’ might acquire a more enlightened approach to their everyday grind. As it is, on TV and radio today, we have ‘little-to-none’ in the way of programs of this nature. What we have are ‘tele-novelas’, ‘tele-serias’ and reality shows that do nothing to enlighten viewers and readers. (Do ‘Two Wives’ and ‘Eat Bulaga’ do this?) ‘TV and Radio’ programs, as well as some items in the vernacular editions of newspapers today seem to enfeeble, rather than ennoble, the minds of their consumers. This is such a pity because even just a few column-inches in print and, a couple of educational programs in broadcast media..daily.. would surely make a huge difference..without hurting their bottom lines.
      This may be just a dream; but as Hamlet would have put it..”‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished”.

      • Well, we do not know if they do not like the way City Hall assessed the real estate taxes due on the lot where the PDI offices stands at Pasong Tamo nor do we know the taxes due on those condominium units at that highrise building along the same street. We have also the Tallano case which disputes the ownership of lands purportedly owned by the Prietos, a family that claims to own sizable lands in Manila and Makati. Otherwise, I would surmised that the Jojo camp may have had banking documents that may reflect a not-so-healthy financial situation of PDI which when exposed may jeopardize the continued operation of the tabloid masquerading as a broadsheet. I am just wondering how the news editor of that paper can tolerate such kind of headlines when he is supposed to be on the side of truth and justice, the ideals that his fraternity, the esjay stands for.

    30. Ang media sa pinas pinakamakasalanan!bakit? Ang isang tao kapag-gusto nilang gawin monster sa mga tao ay ginagawa nila dahil sa pakinabang,
      Pag-gusto nilang gawin apinaka-mabuti at banal, kahit hindi nila nakasama at nakilala,kahit ngayon lang nila nakilala,,kapag ikabubuti at pabor sa kanila ito magiging santo at walang nagawang kamalian sa harapan ng dios!!
      Ganito kumatha ang mga media, parang dios! Alam lahat ang tama!
      Wala ng mabuti kung hindi ang gusto nila!!

    31. jose b. taganahan on

      I am convinced that VP Binay became a very rich man today from being a poor orphaned high student after only becoming Mayor of Makati without any other visible legal source of income except his salaries as Makati Mayor by committing massive graft and corruption as Makati Mayor. This belief did not came from my reading of Phil Daily Inquirer issues but from watching all the Televised Senate hearings conducted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Sub-Committee on Local Governments chaired by bar topnotcher, Sen. Koko Pimentel. While it is true that some of the accusations raised in the Senate hearing were exaggerations, i would say that based on testimonies of resource persons (under oath) most of those accusations are true. I have no doubt in my mind that VP Binay owned the 350-hectare estate in Batangas, that VP Binay is the owner (or at least a co-owner) of OMNI Security Investigation and General Services Inc , that the Makati City Building ll is grossly overpriced and the Makati Makati Science High School Building is also grossly overpriced

      • Alejandro Juan on

        Better file the corruption case against Vp Binay and stop using the media like PDI to demolish Vp’s credibility.

      • If the allegations are true, they should be able to stand scrutiny in the courts. Hence, what is keeping those accusers from filing the appurtenant cases in the courts? Otherwise, you can easily surmise that those “charges” are just for media purposes – a calculated and phased propaganda out to discredit a person. For if truth be told, there is no other way but to file the charges in the proper court and let purported evidences be laid and bared for the accuser to prove. The onus of proving guilt is on the accusers.

      • Well, ignore MC coz apparenly he’s a proven ally of the Binay’s. There is nothing u can do to convince a close minded person.

    32. Mr. Tiglao.
      Is Binay corrupt or not, that is the question.
      Was he wealthy before and during the Marcos dictatorship, or after the dictatorship?
      Are the only capable persons in Makati and the Philippines belong to the Binay family?