Veep Jojo Binay a ‘segurista’

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IF voters are looking for a next President who’ll make the incumbent accountable for his abominable control and misuse of the pork barrel and failure to act on allegations of corruption at the MRT, the DOTC, the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, they’ll have to look away from the person of Vice President Jejomar Binay. I don’t believe he’ll ever go out and out against President BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third, even if there are sufficient bases for him to do so.

I may be wrong but I don’t believe he and the United Nationalist Alliance that he heads will ever go opposition in the real sense of the word. They’ll try to soften this by labeling themselves as “constructive oppositionists.” Have you ever heard UNA and the VP excoriate BS Aquino The Last, I mean The Third? And have you ever wondered why the VP continues to cling to his Cabinet post even if the administration has been going hammer and thongs against his coalition partners and even if the President had already dared him to quit from his Cabinet post if he was dissatisfied with the administration?

I believe that Vice President Jejomar Binay is one politician who wants all of his bases covered. He is a segurista, one who would go to any extent to get what he wants, including straddling political fences. He’s now the leading contender for 2016 according to surveys and it won’t hurt his ratings a bit if he continues to enjoy the support of the President’s sisters and possibly get the President’s endorsement as well.

Perhaps, he’ll be better than the incumbent who basks at the achievements of others although the incumbent has never acknowledged their contributions. One thing is sure – he’s a much superior politician than BS Aquino who won merely because of the death of his mother. He reached political ascendancy in Makati by winning over the support and loyalty of the men and organizations of the late Makati Mayor Nemesio Yabut.


An ordinary politician would have created parallel organizations and appointed new leaders to neutralize Yabut’s political machinery but Binay is no ordinary politician. He didn’t treat Yabut’s men as enemies. He kept most of them in their old positions of leadership and maintained Yabut’s machinery, thus turning them into his devoted followers. He’s so unlike BS Aquino who harbors grudges and treats critics like dirt. There’s a Filipino term for one like the President – “mapagtanim.”

The Vice President, just like the President, knows the value of the pork barrel to a politician. In his first year in office, he fumed at the meager budget given to his office, saying it was an insult to the Office of the Vice President. Oh well, as Makati city mayor, he had been handling billions of pesos a year so he could have been insulted by the small budget allocated to the Office of the Vice President for fiscal year 2011. Speaking of the Makati budget, I recall what then Makati Rep. Joker Arroyo told me why he wasn’t getting his pork: “Makati councilors will only be laughing at me. They have a bigger pork barrel than congressmen.” Of course, when Joker became senator, he continued to ignore his pork which was almost three-times bigger than those of congressmen.

The Vice President was apparently appeased despite his meager budget with the allocation of a P200-million pork barrel to his office. This was unprecedented. No vice president before him had ever been given a Priority Development Assistance Fund. It was Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who introduced the amendment to the national budget to give “pork” to the Veep. The President approved the grant of this “pork” to Binay. He has been having pork since although lawmakers and Malacañang now claim that the proposed 2015 national budget is “pork-less.”

People may not take the Veep to task for his enjoyment of “pork” and for sleeping with the Aquino administration. However, they expect him to make a complete and more credible explanation on the construction cost of the Makati City Hall Building 2. The earlier boasts that that building was “world-class” and “green” had already bombed. His camp should find another explanation. People also want details of the P350 million spent for the transfer of one city department to the new building. Why, that amount was already more than enough to build a new building solely for the department!

It’s not enough for the VP to charge that politics was behind these claims of overpricing. This issue won’t go away until he has bared actual expenses incurred. And there are other issues against him that had surfaced that he can’t simply shrug off.

efrendanao2003@yahoo.com

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  1. The comments we see here except for a few generally believe politicians can be clean. Wake up – there is no such thing ( except for a few). The higher the office the more favour/ deals the politician will have to make to climb that political ladder. And most of these deals involve money, influence and “scratch my back- I’ll scratch your back kind of arrangements.
    Our religion makes us look at people and expect them to be angels. There is no such thing in this world. We are delusional ! Take for example the average Pinoy male. He goes mess around with women he thinks are “loose” and then goes home to wife or girlfriend and expect her to be chaste. And surprise, surprise “may libog” din pala ang babae. So we expect our politician to be our “saviour” and give us all what we want and expect him to live like a “Monk” – Give us a break.

    Magising na po kayo sa delusyon !

  2. Herman P. Hondojare on

    Dear kabayan,

    Pakibasa ng katotohan kung sino si Ernesto Mercado, asawa nag pakamatay?

    http://www.rappler.com/nation/67396-ernesto-mercado-profile

    Mercado is a geodetic engineer by profession, in the Senate hearing Mercado said he was not involved in the city hall building in question, despite his background.

    “We have a city engineer and a building official. I never spoke with whoever constructed the building or with whoever will get permit for that,” he said.

    He admitted before senators that he received kickbacks from the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2. Then, he added, if he did as vice mayor, there was no way the mayor then, now Vice President Jejomar Binay, didn’t earn the same way

    Former city administrator Marjorie de Veyra, said the opposite happened. Mercado allegedly called department heads without the knowledge and consent of then Mayor Binay. “He abused the trust and confidence given to him by the Vice President, who was the mayor then.”

    Mercado was Binay’s close political ally. Their alliance dated back to 1992,
    Mercado then ran for reelection in 1998 and for vice mayor in 2001, 2004, and 2007, each time running under Binay’s wing.

    The Binay-Mercado partnership was broken in 2010, This was after Binay allegedly reneged on his supposed promise that he would endorse Mercado as his successor. Instead, Binay fielded his son Erwin Jejomar or “Jun-Jun” for mayor.

    Mercado still pursued his mayoralty candidacy that year under the Nacionalista Party banner, but lost to the younger Binay.
    Outside politics, Mercado also figured in news in 2002 following the death of his then live-in partner Raquel Ambrosio. Mercado claimed Ambrosio committed suicide, but speculations were rife that he had something to do with her death

  3. Ang tanong may tao bang malinis?
    Kailangan daw pairalin ang batas!
    Meron bang judge na hindi pomapabor sa naglagay sa kanya?
    Walang kang mailalagay na mamumuno sa gobyerno kung hahanap tayo ng santo!
    Ang hanapin atleast yung may limit kung hanggang saan at may puso at dignidad kahit papaano nakakakilala ng mali at ikabubuti ng bansa!
    Wag nakayong mangarap ng perpekto, dahil kahit sa sarili natin alam natin nakakagawa din tayo ng hindi mabuti!
    Mga sa katinuan ang naghahanap ng angel na mamumuno sa gobyerno!
    Kaya yung masyadong mapagmalinis at feeling santo nanagsasalita ng perpekto!tumingin muna kayo sa sarili ninyo!

  4. P. Akialamiro@yahoo.com on

    Politically-motivated or not, Binay has to clear himself from the accusations of corruption against him. He can deny them a hundred times, but it doesn’t mean he is ‘clean’. Otherwise, he could have sued his accusers in the courts of law if these accusations are mere fabrications.

    Considering the favors Binay got from the former president mother of Pres. B.S. Aquino, III and DTL, it is very unlikely that the ‘traditional’ incarceration of former presidents since Erap will ever take place once the VP is elected in 2916.

  5. Herman P. Hondojare on

    Dear Kabayan,

    Tanong ko lang, kayo ba mag attend ng senate hearing in aid of legislation na pre-judge ka ng guilty ayon sa mga panalita ng ng tatlong senador kay VP Binay at mi naka file ng kaso sa ombudsman.

    Mag google search kayo at magbasa ng Wikipedia ng malaman nyo ang katotohan, ng mga kaso ni VP Binay noong mayor pa sya ng Makati dinismiss lahat ng sandigan bayan.

    Tanong ko lang ulit, anong sistema ng gobyerno ang nagpahirap sa atin ang paging segurista ng pag pamahala, pamolitika o sindikato klasing ng pag pamahala ng gobyerno na ang isip gawi para sa kanilang pangsarili interest, pamilya at mga kamag anak

    Sana maging segurista tayong lahat sa pagboto sa 2016 ng bagong gobyerno para sa ikaunlad ng ating bayan at maging nationalistic tayong filipino.

    Alamin nyo sa wikipedia or e google search kung sino si Mercado at paano sya naging milyonaryo at mga taong nag akusa-hearsay nila walang dokumentong ebidensya

    Patnubayan tayo ng Diyos na Makapangyarihan

  6. Binay has brilliantly weighed his options and trade-offs. Staying in the cabinet is best for his presidential ambition even at the expense of his dignity. Resigning from the cabinet would shut him off the loop of governance in the remaining days of this administration. This is what he does not want to do.

  7. Mr. Efren Danao’s column hit the nail right on its head. He summarized the sentiments and angst of decent and patriotic people, especially those the Vice President deeply disappointed and disillusioned on account of their high hopes for him. They could not ever have imagined the greed and gluttonous way he inordinately amassed his wealth. Now he covets the Presidency so much that people have become wary, fearful, neigh scared that more than the country’s welfare and interest, he would again succumb to his insatiable thirst for more wealth and power. You know what, despite this, people actually still want to give him a chance and wish him to face his accusers frontally to prove them wrong and malicious, as he claims, but he just could not get himself to do it, By the stance he has taken it is obvious he does not have the proof to refute anything. Can you then blame people for believing the charges?.

  8. But doesnt it show the ignorance or the stupidity of the pinoy voter as they see the allegations against him & against his wife & his wife has now been charged & must answer the charge. So if you see someone is corrupt why vote for them, its just unbeieveable how stupid these people are, its like they want them to keep stealing.

    • Dustin , I think the people who voted were not aware of the TRUE CHARACTER and ACTIVITIES of the BINAYS … I suppose that’s the main reason why VP Binay & Mayor Binay do not want to face their ACCUSERS in the SENATE because once they attend the investigation , which is shown LIVE ON TELEVISION , all of their WRONG DOINGS would be EXPOSED !!! … You see , VP Binay is a wise guy , going around the country ”SHOOTING THREE BIRDS WITH ONE STONE” :
      1). DOING HIS ASSIGNED JOB AS A CABINET MEMBER.

      2). EARLY ”ILLEGAL CAMPAIGNING” WITHOUT SPENDING HIS OWN MONEY.

      3). DEFENDING HIMSELF TO THE PEOPLE , SAYING THAT HE IS INNOCENT AND ALL THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HIM ARE LIES AND POLITICALLY MOTIVATED !!! … In all his speeches , NOBODY QUESTIONED HIM … I repeat , NOBODY QUESTIONED HIM !!! … So, how would the voters know the real truth ?

  9. jose btaganahan on

    Well said, Mr. Danao. As I stated in my many comments on the corrupt Vice President, he wants his cake and eat it too. At the age of 72, he is already old and yet still corrupt. Remember that one of his BINAYarans was once described as too young and yet so corrupt!

  10. Sa aking lang , naniniwala ako na hindi lang SSS ( SIGURISTA, SINUNGALING “NA KAPATID N MAGNANAKAW NA DUWAG HARAPIN ANG KATUTUHANAN “KUNDI SAKIM SA KAYAMANAN AT KAPANGYARIHAN) AT GAYA NG CARTOON CHARACTER NA SI PACMAN AY GUTOM A UHAW SI VP BINAY SA KAYAMANAN AT KAPANGYARIHAN .
    Tinanong ako ng isang kaibigan kahapon ” Papaano na endorsed na si VP Binay ni Pnoy at mga Sis ? Sinagot ko sya na maski pa humalik si VP Binay at manik-luhod kay Pope Francis para sya ay ma endorsed o kahit pa sya endorse ng lahat ng religious groups INC, Velarde, Villanueva, Quiboloy atba, SA AKIN LANG ,HINDING-HINDI KO IBUBUTO SI VP BINA SA 2016. IBOBUTO KO PA SI NERI COLMINARES KAHIT ALAM KO WALANG LABAN KAYSA SA DATING SUMISIGAW NG “IBAGSAK ANG MARCOS DYNASTY AT CONJUGAL DICTATORSHIP AT NAKITA O NAPABALITA NUON 3 DAYS EDSA I PEOPLE POWER KUNDI MATPOS NA ANG 3 ARAW NG PEOPLE POWER AT NAKASUOT NA NANG RAMBOTITI NA UNIFORM.
    Hindi ganitong TAO ang ipinaglaban ni Ninoy, Javier atba.at dapat mahiya sila Pnoy at SIS kung sila ay susuportaha sa KANDIDATO ng UNAno sa pagka PANGULO. Di ba MGA YELLOW ARMY?

  11. Segurista, Jojo Binay is, for sure. PNoy already insulted Binay to quit from the Cabinet but the shameless, thick-faced Binay swallowed his pride and stuck with PNoy. Why because he has free exposure and can still use his powers to continue campaigning. Where can we find such a shameless segurista politician nowadays? PNoy is number 1. Jojo Binay number 2. Just like their ranking in the Philippines. I agree in Mr. Danao’s observation that Binay will be more dangerous because he has a better intelligence than PNoy.

  12. VP Binay never really have shown a ”STRONG OFFENSE for his DEFENSE ” against the accusations of former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado (A “PENITENT THIEF”) except unending DENIALS and consistent DODGING INVITATIONS TO FACE HIS ACCUSERS… which makes me inclined to believe that he is hiding something indeed !
    SO , HOW THEN COULD WE EXPECT VP Binay TO BARE ACTUAL EXPENCES INCURRED ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF MAKATI BUILDING 2 ???

    Oh yes , I believe that he is a ”SEGURISTA” with an AMAZING FORESIGHT ;
    1). After him , he let his Wife and Son became Mayor of Makati successively.
    To maintain the goose that lays the golden eggs PERHAPS ?
    2).He let his daughter to become a congresswoman.
    To file BILLS that would serve their interest PERHAPS ?
    Ex. The Mt. Makiling Bill.
    3).He let his other daughter to become a Lady Senator.
    To file a bill allowing HOUSE ARREST.
    In preparation for a possible incarceration of a family member PERHAPS ?

    BUT OF COURSE , all of the above are just ‘PERHAPS’ … NEVERTHELESS, THERE IS ALWAYS THE PHRASE ”IT IS POSSIBLE” … IS IT NOT ???

  13. You are perfectly right when you said “However, they expect him to make a complete and more credible explanation on the construction cost of the Makati City Hall Building 2.”. Binay’s excuses and alibis not to appear to the senate (and probably man enough to face Mercado’s accusations) have already been implanted to the minds of the voters that Binay is a corrupt candidate. Binay should not be overconfident that his TV explanations and to the remote areas will accept his lies. Only a new born baby will listen to his alibis and excuse as well as LIES. My kindergarten kid understands that Binay is a COWARD and not to be trusted as a president of the Philippines. Yes it is an open secret that his amassed wealth were earned through his family’s corruption. The Binays should wait for the WRATH of GOD upon them.