If the next presidential elections were held today, there is no question about who will win.
The heavy favorite must be Vice President Jejomar Binay, and unless someone’s political star rises dramatically in the next two years, he will be the odds-on favorite to become the next tenant of Malacañan Palace.
Binay, quite naturally, has his detractors, and they will use any weapon at their disposal to cut the vice president down to size.
This week, an incident that happened a couple of weeks ago is being used by his opponents to put Binay in his place.
The sad part is, the VP was nowhere near the place where the incident happened.
That “incident” occurred close to midnight some two weeks ago, and it involved a small convoy of Makati City Mayor JunJun Binay. The convoy had tried to enter the ultra exclusive Dasmarinas Village but were blocked by over-anxious village guards.
This is where the story becomes confusing.
Some anti-Binay groups are pointing to the CCTV video of the incident. They say that Mayor Binay was abusive to the three guards manning the gate, without any proof.
The grainy video shows little except what appears to be a verbal altercation between the guards (who radioed for assistance where none was needed) and the convoy.
Broadcast media also pointed out that one man from the Binay convoy pulled out a gun.
Was this the right move or not?
At this point, who’s to say? After all, the three security guards who were joined by two more who arrived in motorcycles were all armed.
To put the incident in its proper perspective, recall that when he was Makati mayor, the head of Jejomar Binay’s security was killed in cold blood. As far as the vice president is concerned, that was a politically motivated killing.
As for the Dasmarinas Village security guards, the owner of the security agency admitted that the trio did not follow proper protocol. That owner himself said that the guards at their gates should extend all possible courtesies, including allowing ingress and egress to the village, to three government officials – the President of the Philippines, the vice president, and the incumbent mayor of the city.
Last we checked, JunJun Binay remains the mayor of Makati City.
Some media organizations also went overboard in claiming that the young Binay ordered the arrest of the three security guards. The video of the incident does not support this claim.
What it does support is Mayor Binay’s version. They were invited by the police to submit their report, and they willingly went to the nearest police station.
The Dasmarinas Village incident is really a case of much ado over nothing. But it is clear that there are parties who will do everything possible to weaken the chances of VP Binay from becoming president in 2016.
The veep should therefore expect more of the same between now and the next presidential elections. Already he is the subject of numerous rumors, all nasty.
In the end, it will be the electorate who will decide if the incumbent vice president is elevated to the presidency in the 2016 polls.