THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday warned that critics of Vice President Jejomar Binay plan to disrupt the visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis in January by continuing their attacks on the country’s second highest official.
Binay’s critics, according to UNA interim president Rep. Tobias Tiangco, want to “exploit” the period of preparation for the papal visit to embarrass the Vice President and put him on the spot.
“We know that part of their plan is to disrupt the visit of His Holiness, the Pope, and convert it into another forum for politics,” Tiangco said. “Ganyan kadesperado ang mga kaaway ni VP. Itutuloy nila ang pagsisinungaling at panloloko sa panahong dapat suriin at balikan ang pagiging Kristyano [That’s how desperate they are. They will continue peddling lies and fooling the public at a time when we should all be focusing on how to be Christians],” he added.
Binay, in a radio interview also on Wednesday, said demolition efforts of his detractors are meant to pull down his high survey ratings. He added that part of the “grand plan” of his critic is to destroy and eventually weaken UNA.
The Vice President expressed belief that his detractors will continue to spread lies to make him look bad in the eyes of the public.
“Alam n’yo po mga kababayan, hindi naman ho kami tatantanan niyan. Hindi naman po nila mapapatunayan. Alam ho nila na ‘yan ay kasinungalingan lang. Pero bakit nila ginagawa ‘yan? Upang masiraan lang po ang aming pangalan at ang tingin ng taong bayan [The attacks against us will not stop even if they know that their accusations are all lies. But why are they doing this? To destroy our reputation and make us look bad to the public],” Binay said.
He appealed to the public to wait for the outcome of the cases filed against him in court.
“Ako ho ay umaapila sa inyo na tignan muna po ninyo kung ano ang mangyayari sa mga kaso. Ito ay mga pang-survey lang. Sisirain ang perception mo, so bababa ang rating mo.
Kasama na dyan ‘yung ginagawa ng Senado. Hanggang ngayon wala namang pruweba.
Talagang paninira lang. Ito ay paninira sa perception at pagtingin ng tao [I appeal to you to follow closely what will happen to the cases. These cases just feed the surveys. They will cloud your perception, and so my ratings will go down. What is being done by the Senate is aimed at destroying me. This is nothing but a smear job. This is a smear job aimed at people’s perception and judgment]” the Vice President said.
Being charged in court, according to him, does not mean that the person indicted is already guilty.
The Vice President had vowed to confront his accusers in court after a plunder complaint was filed against him and his son, Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr., over the allegedly overpriced Makati Science High School Building.
“Yung kaso po ay bintang lang ‘yan. Alam n’yo po mga kababayan, kung galit po sa inyo ang isang tao, sisiraan kayo. Pupunta rin ho ‘yan sa piskal, pupunta sa Ombudsman, ihahabla kayo pero hindi naman po ibig sabihin noon ay may kasalanan na kayo [That case is just an accusation. If someone is really mad at you, he will ruin your name. He will file a complaint but it does not mean that you are guilty of any wrongdoing],” he said.
In a recent Pulse Asia survey, Binay’s rating dropped by five percentage points but he remained in the top position among those seen as candidates for President in the 2016 elections.
Binay’s camp earlier said the “marginal” five percent drop proved his detractors wrong and showed that the people are aware of these critics’ “political posturing.”
According to Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th had “bragged” that in the latest survey, the Vice President’s rating would drop by as much as 10 percent.
“The 5-percent decline is marginal, according to Pulse Asia. This is welcome news because the survey was taken at a time when the VP’s detractors were aggressively throwing mud at him in the Senate and in media,” Salgado said.
On the plan of his detractors to obliterate him and the opposition, Binay said: “Yung pagwasak po sa aming mga oposisyon ay kasama sa plano. Plano po lahat ‘yan. Pero uulitin ko po, ma-suspend man o maihabla, hindi naman po ibig sabihin no’n ay may kasalanan na. Sa Diyos at sa tao, talagang wala po kaming kasalanan dyan [Their plan includes dismantling of the opposition. But whether I get suspended or brought to court, it would not mean that I committed any wrongdoing. Before God and the people, we have not done anything wrong].”