‘Palace starts smear drive’

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A political activist said on Sunday President Benigno Aquino 3rd has begun a smear campaign against Vice President Jejomar Binay and other possible presidential contenders from the opposition to sabotage their chances of winning.

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“It is clearly hypocritical for President Aquino to unleash his attack dogs against VP Binay and other leaders of the opposition, while shielding himself and his allies from similar demands and mechanisms for accountability,” Dr. Carol Araullo, chairperson of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), which has anti-government leanings, said in a statement.

Araullo also said Aquino was obviously behind the summary dismissal by the administration-dominated Congress of the three impeachment complaints against him,

Bayan was among the complainants in the three articles of impeachment against the President. All three were dismissed for lack of substance.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. quickly dispelled the accusation, saying the 2016 elections has never entered their minds.

“Elections are farthest from our minds presently,” Coloma told The Manila TImes.

Araullo said the President enjoys even larger control over the Senate, where the family of Binay is being investigated for alleged fraud. The Senate inquiry is clearly “politically motivated,” she said.

“The administration-led Senate has had only one inquiry on the P144-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program [DAP] in contrast to the three inquiries already held regarding the P2.7-billion Makati parking building,” Araullo said, referring to the alleged overpricing of the Makati parking facility which is the focus of the Senate investigation.

She predicted more “attacks” against Binay to diminish his chances in the elections.

“Vice President Jejomar Binay’s early public announcement of his presidential bid and his high approval ratings certainly invites moves by his opponents in 2016 to question his track record as a public official, most especially expose possible wrongdoing along the lines of graft and corruption,” Araullo said.

Coloma argued that President Aquino had no hand in Binay’s predicament.

“[The] President’s focus is on implementing reforms and ensuring permanence of institutional changes,” he said.

Araullo said Bayan has “no illusions” that the “latest selective investigation and prosecution of the political opposition” would end up with a better government, neither it is part of an honest and thoroughgoing effort to clean up government.

“We can expect that once the objectives of demolishing VP Binay’s bid for the presidency is achieved, such charges will be shelved and forgotten like yesterday’s newspaper. Still, the Vice President should explain,” she said.

The persecution of the political opposition is partly aimed at “perpetuating and defending the plunder of the national coffers under his watch through the redesigned pork barrel system,” Araullo said.

Coloma also said Malacañang sees nothing wrong with Binay announcing his intention to tap business tycoon Manuel Pangilinan as his running mate in 2016.

He said he respects Binay’s decision and that it is the right of the Vice President to make public his political plans.

Binay has said Pangilinan is among the personalities he is considering to be his running mate, citing Pangilinan’s track record as a “successful businessman.”

Pangilinan has declared he will not run for any government position, saying “there is no political blood that runs through my veins. I believe I can serve our people better some other way.”

WITH A REPORT FROM CATHERINE VALENTE

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11 Comments

  1. Does anyone ever wonder how a 23-year old rookie Mayor buys a house with an elevator on a government official’s income? SALN anyone?

  2. member ng bbc ang author ng article nato. how can a 11 story building be more expensive that a 39 story world class platinum green certified building? this is just the tip of the iceberg, slowly but surely the real color of binay will be unmasked. you really thing this guy trillanes will stand down. remember he was incarcerated because he stood against corruption!

  3. VP Binay said in an instant interviewed by the reporter that I will not be surprise if they say I killed Andres Bonifacio. Give me a break Mr. Binay. Filipino people do u want that president who talked liked a high school dropout. I don’t know why Binay become a lawyer in the first place.

  4. Tell Trillanes, Cayetano, et.al. their trick is not working for them. Instead, it is working in favor of the Binays. I am getting convinced that Binay is the man for 2016.

  5. coloma should think of the consequence of his doing… lying once may pass over but consistent lying will get him into big trouble sooner or later. the irony of all of his lies is that he does it for somebody else! i pity him since in the end and after all the glory days and lying come to pass, he will be dumped when he is no longer needed. a person who can not stand up for his own lies (noynoy) will in the end save his own skin when oblivion comes to him.

    • i agree. he just could be lying (flatly) or very inept administration… 2016 election was in their mind right before the noy-mar tandem. how coud this guy sleep at night by lying? or could he be ignorant and never known any of the internal affairs?

  6. veronica castro on

    MVP, enter politics when you are ready perhaps when you retire and financially capable to run for the highest post of the land. Read about US business tycoons entering USpolitics to serve the nation not to enrich themselvs. If you are financially ready you do not have to kowtow toall forms of lords- drugs, illegal gambling, illegal logging, jueteng,,smuggling lords – cars, arms and other contraband, and foods, toys etc. etc. Withtout these baggages you are free and has the moral authority to institute reforms. If one has no tract record of honesty and integrity how can he even talk about reforms. It is going to be baloney.

  7. Who are kidding, your blame game will bring you no where until your “protector” will answer the corruption charges. Another brilliant way to distract the attention of the public to corruption is to announce that MVP as his running mate. This back fired too because he is not interested. We will be watching your net spin…he he

  8. Will you believe, kulokoy coloma? Even his own mother will not believe when he says that the palace has no hand in the Binay investigation in the senate[ in aid of legislation or legislator or in aid of election or in aid of persecution?] You choose. Si Binay naman nagpaplastikan pa sila ni PeNoy. Kunyari hindi mo alam na si PeNoy ang nagpapaimbestiga at na ninira sa iyo, vp Binay.

  9. I AM NOT A PRO PNOY OR ROXAS BUT I BELIEVE THAT EVEN IF YOU KEEP IN A FRIDGE ” BOTCHA ” AT ILABAS MATAPOS ANG ILANG TAON AT ILUTO AY MANGANGAMOY AT MABAHO PA DIN.
    HINDI NA KAILANGAN PA SIRAIN NG PALASYO SI VP BINAY, KAILANGAN LANG AY PALIWANAG NYA ANG MGA BINABATIKOS NILA CAYETANO, TRILLANES AT PIMENTEL SA OVERPRICED MAKATI PARKING BUILDING. DI BA BAYAN ?

  10. Coloma said “Elections are farthest from our minds”. Really? Who is the Palace kidding? With his lapdogs in Congress talking about Charter Change and extending the President’s term, it is clear that Aquino wants a term extension despite his pronouncements in the past week that he is not interested to run again. That’s why his attack dogs have started their sick smear campaign against Binay and the other presidential contenders.

    Would you buy anything from snake oil salesman Aquino? For his being forked-tongued, I won’t.