‘PRESIDENT BINAY’ WILL PRIORITIZE DISCIPLINE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

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Vice President Jejomar Binay hosted a roundtable with The Manila Times editorial staff and columnists led by Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang at the Coconut Palace on Thursday.  Photo By Rene H. Dilan

Vice President Jejomar Binay hosted a roundtable with The Manila Times editorial staff and columnists led by Chairman Emeritus Dante Ang at the Coconut Palace on Thursday.
Photo By Rene H. Dilan

IF–some would say “when”—Vice President Jejomar Binay
becomes president as a result of the 2016 election, the topmost reform he would work for is rigorous law enforcement.

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Closely related to this is solving the problem of the general lack of discipline in Philippine society.

He said this in answer to a question I asked at the “working lunch”—actually a Manila Times roundtable with him—last Thursday in the dining room of his residence, the Coconut Palace. This pleasantly designed structure is in the compound beside the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.

My question went: “What, sir, of the very many reforms that must be made in our country would you make your top priority?”

“Discipline. We must become a disciplined society. The general lack of discipline is why there is a surge in criminality.

Something must be done to curb riding in tandem criminals. It’s a matter of serious law enforcement. But there is a lack of will, a lack of discipline to enforce the law, or even just the will to obey it,” he said.

“This is not just a local-government or police problem. The lack of discipline and will to obey and enforce the law is also in the national government,” he stressed.

My colleague, Bobi Tiglao then asked, “So how would you do it?”

But the Vice President’s answer got drowned out by other insistent questions from the others. There were 22 of us editors and columnists who filled all but four of the 26 chairs around a long dining table equipped with UN-conference type microphone sets.

VP Binay occupied one of the center chairs at the long table. His Communications Aide, Joey Salgado, sat at one of the two leftside end places ten seats away.

Again in answer to a question, the VP spoke about how the president of any country could achieve good governance.

‘If Mayors Ruled  the World’
He dwelt on the need for a president to have actual executive experience and demonstrated his or her competence as a government official—a mayor, governor or cabinet member.

Mr. Binay was mayor of Makati City, which is veritably the country’s business and financial capital, for 22 years—from 1986 to 1998 and 2001 to 2010. He was elected vice-president in May 2010.

Not a “leftist” though he is described by political writers as a populist, the Vice-President enthused about the book “If Mayors Ruled the World” by Benjamin R. Barber, political theorist and senior research scholar of the City University of New York’s Graduate Center who is reputed to be leftist. Barber is a successful seminar organizer and speaker on organizational management and effectiveness.

But the military, the judges and Malacañang during the Marcos regime viewed VP Binay as a “leftist.” That was because he was with Atty. Rene Saguisag, Atty. Joker Arroyo and other lawyers of the MABINI group who defended persons accused by the Martial Law regime of being communists. Most of these were victims of abuse and suffered torture.

The VP, a member of the Aquino Cabinet, refused to be drawn into sounding critical of the Aquino Administration.

He did say it was sometimes difficult being in the opposition party and the frontrunner among those running for president in the 2016 election, when President Aquino’s candidate is DILG’s Secretary Mar Roxas, the man he defeated in 2010.

He answered all the questions we asked including those about the outrageous electricity rate increase Meralco has imposed, how he would deal with China and how he stands on amending the Constitution.

Dismayed by electricity cost
He expressed dismay at the high cost of electricity and agreed that it was making the Filipinos, specially the poor suffer. He wishes more attention were given to renewable energy sources.

On China, he wants dealings with China to be pragmatic.

Without sacrificing the nation’s security interests and sovereignty over our seas and land territories, he said, the approach should be to emphasize trade and investment partnerships with Chinese people and Chinese agencies and corporations. He is for partnerships with Chinese companies to explore and exploit the disputed areas themselves.

On amending the Constitution, Vice President Binay wants amendments in the provisions banning foreign investment in businesses and industries that we need to develop and modernize. He would allow foreigners to own land and increase foreign equity that foreigners can own in now-restricted businesses and industries.

He does not favor changing our presidential system to a parliamentary one. It worries him that with Filipinos being too emotional when engaged in partisan political conflicts, we would have frequent changes in government and become less stable than we are now.

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  1. wilmer andrada on

    Binay is all talk but no action. He is incharge of the housing but has he done any significant measure to solve the problem of homelessness especially in our metro slum districts ?Does he even notice how other countries like Israel resettle their population and give livelihood and jobs by creating kibbutzim which is a form of collective or cooperative governance? He talks about renewable energy but has he spearheaded a massive drive for the Philippines to be a forefront country in the development of solar energy . Speaking of law and order, Did he even mention how we can improve a system of
    a check and balance, of power in our three branches of our government, Did he demanded transparency and accountability in any business transaction in our government . By making a mandatory subject in our education will be rules of proper conduct,crime and punishment,proper business and professional etiquette,honesty , integrity, transparency,etc. He should also mentioned how to reform the slow paced justice system ..

  2. From the Wikipedia…”The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines states in Article II Section 26, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” Many have called for the Congress to pass the Anti-Dynasty Law, but this bill has been passed over by each Congress since 1987. Some have pointed that oligarchy is the root problem of all the corruption in the Philippine government.[1]

    Paano ba ‘yan mapalusutan ni VP Binay??? Paano niya maisakatuparan ang sinabi niya na, “DISCIPLINE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT?”

  3. 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 is your family pet dog running for public office?

  4. Anima A. Agrava on

    Reply to jun, Restyresty, JVV123,bobm:

    Let’s be kind and fair naman to the Vice-President. When he tried to defend his Mayor-of-Makati son right after the incident, he was reacting as a father. Family loyalty is one of the very good traits of the Filipinos. Most of us anyway.
    His reply to the Manila Times Publisher-Editor at a roundtable is the thing that counts when it comes to policy issues. Great men, great leaders guided by wise philosophers and philosophies say off-the-bat remarks under pressure. They are human beings after all.
    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.

    Anima A. Agrava

    • “When he tried to defend his Mayor-of-Makati son right after the incident, he was reacting as a father.”

      It’s a public office and being a public servant, family relations should subserve the public welfare.

      What it showed was Jojo would overlook the abuses of his family just to show his love to them?

    • A father who defends his children’s wrongdoings is NOT a good father, but someone who lacks moral values himself. Parents are supposed to teach their children right from wrong, teach them honesty and accountability, they are not supposed to become partners in crime.
      We all make mistakes, but it takes a MAN to admit to your mistakes and learn from them.
      Someone who can not even teach his children these things and does not even discipline them when they do something wrong, is certainly NOT fit to lead a country ( filled with people who need to learn what discipline is all about )

    • A father who defends his children’s wrongdoings is NOT a good father, but someone who lacks moral values himself. Parents are supposed to teach their children right from wrong, teach them honesty and accountability, they are not supposed to become partners in crime.
      We all make mistakes, but it takes a MAN to admit to your mistakes and learn from them.
      Someone who can not even teach his children these things and does not even discipline them when they do something wrong, is certainly NOT fit to lead a country ( filled with people who need to learn what discipline is all about ).

  5. Roselle Comboy on

    Congratulations VP Binay. At least ngayon e gumagawa ka na ng paraan to reach others para pag-usapan ang mga isyung nagpapahirap sa mga Pilipino. I also believed that lack of discipline among Filipinos is one of the biggest problem that our country is facing. And thank you po for reminding that again. Ipagpatuloy niyo lang po ang pagiging mapagkumbaba at palaging handa para sagutin ang anumang hinaing ng maraming Pilipino.

  6. No comments from VP about political dynasty? Not one among the 25 writers asked the VP about it? Well, for starters we have him as VP, his daughter Nancy at the Senate, another daughter in the House of Rep..and his son, Junjun as mayor. His wife also served as mayor. How many others are waiting in the wing? In-laws maybe, cousins, nephews and nieces? Will he be returning to Makati in case he loses in 2016?

    • Reply to Mr. JJPeter: One of us at the roundtable did ask him about the political dynasties issue. He gave a well-considered reply. My article could not possibly cover all the points we discussed. Another article will come out in The Times one of these days covering the other things we talked with the Vice-President about. Many, many thanks for your interest. God bless you.–Rene Q. Bas

  7. I fully support VP Binay’s statement that discipline must be enforced as the law dictates. True, his son Mayor Jojo Binay’s mishandling of the incident in that flush subdivision was one that could have been avoided if courtesy was given to the ‘Father’ of the City.

    The CBCP is very much against reinstating the death penalty saying, this is not a deterrent to reduce crimes and other anomalies. But what is the alternative solution to the ever growing crimes that plagues our streets even on daylight hours?

    Even the PNP has some bad apples to be thrown away tarnishing the credibility of the Police Force. In my honest opinion, the PNP should have a 24 hour street presence, three eight hours shifts: 8am-4pm, 4pm-12am, and 12am-8am. Having an skeleton crew patrolling the streets at night is not sufficient to stop the ‘evil-doers’. The saying goes: “When the cat is away, the mouse will play.”

    Again, the issue of reinstating the death penalty is surfacing. We symphatized when one life is lost, either by natural death, calamities, or what-have-you? However, when someone, somebody kill another human being for no apparent reason, then I would agree with the saying: “KUNG BUHAY ANG INUTANG, BUHAY DIN ANG KABAYARAN!”

    Most of us grieved when thousands of people was wiped out by Super Typhoon Yolanda, but perhaps little did we know that it may have a divine plan of heaven. Please don’t get me wrong with this notion, but more and more natural calamities are forthcoming, and the only way, the ONLY WAY it can be prevented is by all of us begging for mercy to our GOD, the Creator who giveth and taketh away. AMEN

  8. VP Binay, sayang, puede ka na sana. Except you showed your true self defending your son’s power trip against the Dasma guards. Mag-mea culpa ka muna, we might give you a chance. And make a campaign promise to have none of your family in politics. If not, no way Jose to your presidential aspirations.

  9. discipline ba kamo ? wow!!! So what happened to your handsome son makati mayor ? Is he disciplined ? Ang pagkakaalam ko, siya raw ang may-ari ng makati kaya peded niyang gawin ang kahit ano man sa maakati.. at ano ang sabi mo Mr VP? … my son deserved courtesy as a Mayor. Is that discipline? … not obeying rules ? … ah… politko ka nga mr Binay… tell that to your poor makati constituents na lagi mong pinadadalhan ng bday cake….

  10. What? Discipline? Your group are the ones who are hard to discipline, so can you implement it?

  11. Binay’s image has been incredibly tarnished by the security guards’ incident. If he was really for the rule of law he should have lambasted the action of the Chief of Police of Pasay for “inviting the security guards,” an euphemism for arrest. The fact that he deliberately ignored that issue but opted instead for preserving family honor revealed his true character. He is no different from other dynastic politicians.