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Why I will vote for Binay to be next President of the Philippines

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Examining the slate of presidential candidates for the upcoming Philippine election, l believe that Vice-president Jejomar Binay is the most qualified among all the candidates.

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Please take pause and consider that we will be electing someone to the highest position in the land. This person will not only be managing the affairs of the nation both, domestic and international, but will play a role in determining our place in the global community as we move further on in the 21st century.

Given the limited space, I will only mention three qualities. There are more, but l believe these basic qualities are needed in a president of the Philippines.

In a candidate, I am looking for someone who has traditionally exhibited determination and perseverance. These qualities are important in a leader. Of the four presidential candidates–Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, Secretary Mar Roxas, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte–nobody has illustrated these qualities better than Binay.

In Philippine society, it is considered a huge advantage to belong to a prominent family or to have a prominent name or, even better, both. This is evident in all facets of our society, not only in politics, but also in business and entertainment. If one does not have a prominent name or a wealthy family, one needs to work doubly harder than those who do to get ahead.

Before Jejomar, the Binay name was not prominent in politics. Binay was born into poverty. He was orphaned at the age of nine. When his parents died, he lived with his uncle. In his formative years, he went through the public school system. First in Philippine Normal College for elementary, then the University of the Philippines Preparatory High School, the University of the Philippines, and then he decided to take up law and went to UP Law. He worked while studying during those years. Today he is known for his achievements rather than being the son or descendant of so and so.

This cannot be said of the other three candidates. Mar is the son of Senator Gerardo Roxas and the grandson of President Manuel Roxas. Grace is the adopted daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr. Rodrigo is the son of Vicente Duterte, the governor of Davao region. These sons and daughter are known for their names first than anything else before they got elected into office. What were their achievements before they were elected into office?

Another quality that I look for in a leader is that they have a sense of connection with the people they serve as well as a degree of proximity to them. To truly have an intimate understanding of the social problems that plague the country, one has to immerse oneself in them. At some points in their lives, the candidates have the opportunities to interact with the people and get to know their plight. Growing up poor afforded Binay to be immersed with the masa. Being in a public school system, Binay had the opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. When Binay passed the bar, he took up Human Rights Law and represented political prisoners during the Marcos Regime. He, together with others like Joker Arroyo, my brother Ed Araullo, and Rene Saguisag, to name a few, formed the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity, and Nationalism or MABINI. At one point, Binay himself was detained.

Those too young to have lived through the Marcos Regime should know that it was a dangerous and uncertain time. People who spoke out against the regime would find themselves detained or, worse, get killed. The situation was even worse in the countryside than in Manila. People would just disappear without a trace. Binay, together with others, took considerable risk in defending political prisoners. (Which is another quality I look for in a leader–having the courage to stand up for what you believe in.)

Binay still continued to work for the people when he became mayor of Makati, and then chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in 1998.

When he was elected Vice-President, he was appointed chairman of the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council and headed the task force to help overseas workers.
I do not see this quality in the other candidates. Born into wealth and prominence, they got to choose who to interact with. They were sheltered from the harsh reality of living in the Philippines.

Roxas was born into privilege. He comes from a wealthy and political family (Araneta, Yulo, de Leon, and Roxas). As for Poe, although she was born into poverty, her fortunes turned when she was adopted by Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces, one of the prominent couples in Philippine moviedom. Both Roxas and Poe were sent to exclusive schools here and abroad. Although expelled twice, Duterte was enrolled in private schools such as the Holy Cross Academy, Ateneo de Davao, Lyceum, and San Beda.

After graduating, Roxas became an investment banker in the United States. He became a congressman and then a senator. He was Secretary of Trade during the Estrada and Arroyo Administrations. He then became Secretary of Transportation then later Secretary of Interior during the BS Aquino 3rd Administration. (Had he acted admirably during and after Yolanda, I might have considered him.)

There is a certain distance in all his positions from the people he served. There is a wall between him and those he served. The mere fact that he is trying too hard to foster an image of being with the masa through his ads and gimmicks says something. I do not believe the ads and his gimmicks, and I think most of the people also don’t.

Before anybody knew about Grace Poe, she was living in the United States as an American citizen. When Fernando Poe, Jr. died, she decided to go back to the Philippines. When Aquino 3rd became President, she was appointed Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chairperson. She was later elected senator. As senator, on her first day, she filed a bill for film tourism and, subsequently, a bill concerning child welfare. I am sure Grace Poe is a good person. However, similar to that of Roxas, I do not see anything in her track record that showed her working closely with the masa. (May I say that she clearly got her positions based on her adopted father’s name. May I also say that her limited experience in government disqualifies her outright from my list of candidates for the presidency now.)

Duterte is closest to Binay in this category as he became mayor of Davao City. After he reached his term limit, he ran for a seat in Congress. Soon after his term as congressman was up, he went back to being mayor of the same city. Before he became mayor, Duterte was a special counsel then a prosecutor during the Marcos Regime. (However, I am wary as to what he did as prosecutor during the Marcos Regime and given his track record of law and order, I am thinking he did not defend those who were oppressed.)

A third quality I look for is a combination of maturity and fortitude. A sign of a good leader is how they react in the face of adversity. The back-and-forth between Roxas and Duterte during the holiday season is telling for me. Duterte said something against Roxas. Roxas reacted by challenging Duterte to a slapping match. Then it escalated into a punching match. What a shamefully juvenile way of resolving things.

I am thinking that Roxas wants to project an image of toughness by standing up to someone like Duterte. But in doing what he did, he has shown that he is not ready for the position of President. To act like a juvenile because he was insulted is not a sign of a good leader. The same goes for Duterte. Why not talk more about policies and what they will do for the country when elected instead of trading insults?

Last year, Binay was put to the test worse than just insults. This was when he was accused of graft and corruption. The scandal was widely reported both in traditional media and social media. The Senate blue ribbon committee held hearings to look into this accusation.

Binay’s assets and that of associates were frozen by the courts–even if at that point and up to now the courts have not convicted Binay of any wrongdoing. I go by the findings of the courts and not by the judgments of media and private individuals.

This I similarly apply to that of Duterte’s human right record and that of the Poe’s qualification based on citizenship. The way Binay conducted himself was admirable–he answered all the questions that were asked of him. He never ran away from the scandal.

He faced the problem head on. Unlike some people, he did not blame anyone for his problems.

These are just some of the basic qualifications I look for in a leader.

So far, Binay has set himself apart from the rest as the election campaign progresses, l look forward to find out what each candidates policies are and hear what their plans are for the Philippines and its role in the global community in the 21st century.

But for now, I find Binay as the best qualified among the presidential candidates.

Jose G. Araullo is the former Chairman of Real Savings Bank, former President Philippine Savings Bank, and co-founder of Punongbayan & Araullo.

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43 Comments

  1. you did not mention madam mirriam. she is the most qualified person both academically and public service records.

    • Miriam lacks the trait of statesmanship. she insults and puts down people head on. That will not work in a Presidency. In the legislature and judiciary, yes, yes, yes siya
      . Doon na lang po siya!

  2. Rosalinda, have you seen the so-called billions of the Binays? If you have, then I must say bilib ako sa iyo because even the courts, the Ombudsman, and the 3 senators who have been harassing him, have not found that much money, even after the court issued a freeze order. It is you who allowed yourself to be blinded by the false accusations of people who are threatened by his eventual presidency…threatened because they have so many skeletons in their closets.

    It is so easy to accuse people of all sorts of crime, but have the 3 clowns in the senate been able to prove anything with solid evidence? I can even accuse you of being a thief and adulteress and many other other things, and if you don’t answer to such ridiculous charges, will it mean you are guilty?

    • Can tell me why Limlimgan and Baloyloy can’t be found? They are missing and maybe they can clear Mr Binay as as whistle.

  3. The article was a good read. I am not for or against any presidentiables as of now. But let me direct your attention to your point that Binay was born to poverty and the other four was not, that Binay knows and understand the qualms of the poor and the other four has the privilege to interact with people they opt to. Is this a fair treatment to the other four? Is it their fault that they are born with silver spoon in their mouths? Or is it a boon for Binay to be born less fortunate. We all want to have a next president that can help our beloved country and countrymen. But let us look at these hopeful presidentiables in equal footing. Not only putting the best foot forward.

  4. I will apologize in advance because I did not even read your article to the end. I stop on the first part when you said he is the most qualified. If you think a corrupt person is qualified to be the president then you are in his pockets. Binay is the least qualified candidate. I would vote for Mar who is a puppet, or Poe who is inexperienced, or Santiago who is at the bottom of the polls, or Duterte who cursed the Pope. If I vote Binay, I basically sentenced most of our countrymen to death due to Binay’s corruption. CORRUPTION CAUSES DEATH.

    • And who says Binay is corrupt, the 3 clowns in the senate and their main witness Mercado?
      Have you closely studied the background of Cayetano, or the millions spend by Trillanes on his “consultants” which include his personal driver? Have you looked at Mercado and how much wealth he has?

      Because his greed for more wealth and power could not be satisfied because he was not able to sit as mayor of Makati, and out of fear of the BIR would eventually look into his amassed wealth, Mercado volunteered to be a witness and be placed in the witness protection program. Now he is immune from suit and his ill-gotten wealth is beyond the power of the gov’t to investigate.

      Open your eyes and use some wisdom. Do not believe everything you hear.

    • Are you aware of the roots of corruption? What is ideal is not real, and what is real is not ideal. At this point what is important is to be touched base with reality. Realization that there is no such thing as honest politicians. If corruption causes death then by this time most of our population should have been totally annihilated because we live in a corrupt society. Know the roots of corruption then vote intelligently come May 2016.

    • THAT FULLY EXPLAINS WHY YOU’RE NOT ON VP BINAY’S SIDE! AND THE REASON IS THAT YOU STOPPED READING AFTER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF JOSE ARAULLO’S ARTICLE. HAD YOU READ HIS WHOLE ARTICLE FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH EXPLICITLY AND MOST CONVINCINGLY EXPLAINS ALL THE REASONS WE ALL NEED TO KNOW, YOU WOULD HAVE UNHESITATINGLY AND WILLINGLY APPROVED OF VP BINAY AS THE BEST CANDIDATE THERE IS FOR THE PRESIDENCY!! WE SINCERELY RECKON, HIS ARTICLE IS SUPERB, FULL OF GOOD SUBSTANCE AND TRUTHS WORTHY OF COMMENDATION!!!. YOU MISSED THE CHANCE TO READ THE TRUTH ABOUT VP BINAY AS A GOOD MAN AND NOT A CORRUPT MAN AS YOU ALLEGED. THAT’S WHY OF ALL THE MANY ACCUSATIONS/ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM AS CORRUPT, NO CONVICTION BY THE COURT OF LAW, WHATSOEVER!!! THAT ONLY MEANS HE IS INNOCENT OF ALL THE ACCUSATIONS, OTHERWISE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED AND JAILED LONG TIME AGO
      . YOUR DECLARATION THAT IF YOU VOTE FOR VP BINAY, YOU BASICALLY SENTENCED OUR COUNTRYMEN TO DEATH BECAUSE CORRUPTION CAUSES DEATH. IF THE COURT DID NOT SENTENCE HIM TO BE CORRUPT, WHY SHOULD YOU SINCE YOU ARE NOT THE COURT? ON THE CONTRARY, LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD – THAT IF VP BINAY WINS THE ELECTION OVERWHELMINGLY THIS COMING MAY 2016, THAT MEANS IT’S GOD’S WILL THAT HE MUST!!!. BECAUSE GOD, WHO KNOWS THE SECRETS OF THE HEART, KNOWS THE HEART OF VP BINAY AS THE CHAMPION OF MASANG PILIPINO, THE TOP LEADER WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM THE PHILIPPINES INTO A GREAT NATION WE ALL ARE DEARLY CLAMORING FOR!!!. HIS INDISPUTABLE TRACK RECORD OF PHENOMENAL CHARITY AND HUMANITARIAN SERVICES ARE AS BRIGHT AS THE GLARING SUN!! LET’S GIVE CREDIT TO WHOM IT IS DUE – AND THAT’S VP BINAY! IT’S GREAT WISDOM TO DO SO!!!

  5. sayang lang ang mga katangian na pinagsasabi ng may akda ng artikulong nasabi. hindi niya sinabi sa kanyang artikulo ang hindi pagdalo ni binay sa senado para sagutin ang mga akusa laban sa kanya. hindi katwiran na sabihin niya na babastusin siya. kung may pangarap siya na mamuno sa bansang pilipinas kailangan harapin niya ang bawat suliranin lalong lalo na kapag ang sarili niya ang nakataya. isa pa ang hindi paglitaw at paglutang ng mga taong malalapit sa kanya tulad ni limlingan, baloloy at gregorio halatang may itinatagong lihim ang mga taong ito kung talagang hindi totoo ang ibinibintang sa iyo walang dahilan para dumalo at ipagtanggol ang iyong sarili walang malinaw na paliwanag mula kay binay kung nasaan ang matatalik niyang kaibigan na itoat sa bawat bitaw ng salita mula sa kanyang bibig ay tila puro kasinungalingan ang lumalabas dahil sa galaw ng kanyang mgalabi pagkatapos niyang magsalita

  6. Yes indeed. Guilt is determined through preponderance of evidence. In the absence of such, one is deemed innocent.

    • Criminal guilt requires proof beyond reasonable doubt, not preponderance of evidence.

  7. I do not believe the accusations of E Mercado and other senators against the vice presidents.

    Makati is a successful financial hub, urban planning is good. students are given opportunity for summer jobs. Residents of Makati are given good opportunities for education and medical services. Buses and transport system is good and more…

    I believe that a good leader should be capable of good management and should have the political will to implement change.

    I see these qualities in the person of VP Binay. I will vote for VP Binay

  8. Now if Binay supporters think that their pressumed President did nothing as alledged by his detractors then why not he attend all the Senate invitation to shed light and once and for all the issue closed,is this mean that silence accepting the guilt.Just asking.

  9. Definitely not….I do not comprehend your being a partner of an auditing firm and you do not possess the glib for numbers. In 20 years Binay’s wealth is a phantom..if the BIR says he is wealthy because he has paid so much taxes ( income and corporate ) then the doubt wi;; be erased about their origin….but nada. Mr. A consult you Tax dept. maybe they can say something about Binay’s wealth.

    • Rey Quisumbing on

      Binay ako.
      mahirap dyan sa Senate Hearing di ka pwede mag tanggol sa sarili mo. Grandstanding lang mga senatongs at
      one sided.
      Ano nangyari sa kay Napoles? SAF 44 at Yolansa funds lalo ba yung kay Abaya sa MRT?

  10. “[H]e answered all the questions that were asked of him. He never ran away from the scandal.”

    Really? He never attended the Senate hearings. What is his answer to the Anti Money Laundering Council finding of ill gotten and disproportionate wealth in bank accounts under his name and his dummies?

  11. I appreciate this commentary , a very honest analysis of the Candidates and keeping an open mind. I do hope come election day more people will use their hearts and minds in selecting the right candidate . the least we can do for our country is to study the qualifications and achievements of each candidate before voting.

    I will Vote for Binay !

    • Why is it that the Big time supporters of Binay accused of graft and corruption even jailed for such action as the like of ERAP,ENRILE,JINGGOY AND BONG.Does it mean that birds of the same feather flock together.Just asking.

    • ManilaGuerilla on

      How much were you guys paid for this? Binay and his family are crooks, traditional-politicians of the worst kind who breed nepotistic spawns who plunder our government. His fear of facing the charges against him are a clear sign of guilt. Why would you vote for someone who is so obviously corrupt?

  12. I used to immediately believe all the accusations against Binay. But later, I realized that they could just be demolition job by his political enemies who are for media mileage.

  13. Jason Aurullo on

    Nice. Binay also possesses these three qualities:

    1) Manipulative – knows what the masa wants hear and see; thus able to connect with them on a personal level

    2) Conceited – no respect for the law; feels that his family name is above it

    3) Dishonesty – self – explanatory

    If you want the Philippines to be worse than it already is, then vote for this piece of s***. Duterte is the real hope of this god forsaken country.

    • I agree. No way we will vote for someone who us corrupt. Just explain how he acquired his wealth. Imagine from being poor family, now one of the richest family in the country. Can you please explain it to us?

  14. Ma. Edwina Adriano on

    BINAY is the only qualified to run for president based on how he reacted for all the cases that was brought to him. unlike Roxas and Duterte who were like children who fight for a piece of candy

  15. isidro c. valencia on

    Sir, simply you said VP BINAY came from a poor family while his rivals are sons and daughter of affluent family.

    Meaning, VP BINAY has experienced to live in “isang kahig, isang tuka (minsan tatlong kahig, wala pang matuka at si MAR umi, Rody Dirty, Miriam ay may kakambal na gintong kutsara).Hinde nila narasan sumakit ang tiyan sa gabi dahil sa gutom. Tawag namin sa Tagalog ay “DAPIL” nanlalamig sa gabi dahil sa pawis dulot ng gutom.

    Sa karanasan sa paglilingkod sa bayan, VP BINAY has never been convicted of any crime about corruption. Out of 38 Court cases (recycled?rehashed) filed against him, not a single one prospered. That means, he is clean and innocent. He has never been suspended from his more than 40 years of public service.

    BAGO NATIN LAITIN SI VP BINAY, let us review JESUS JOSEPH MARIA C. BINAY achievement and educational attainments:
    25 solid educational background and achievements including
    Wharton School and Harvard University
    29 solid meaningful years of experience in Public Services and Executive Positions
    40 solid Civic and Service groups affiliated
    91 solid seminars/citations/awards received in private and public affairs
    5 solid books published related to Good Governance and Public Services

    AWARDS
    Awarded as the 4th Top WORLD Mayors in the year 2006
    Awarded as the best practice (Yellow Card) in Dubai International Day 2002

    College
    He went to the University of the Philippines Diliman for college and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Political Science.

    Post-Graduate Studies
    He continued on to the UP College of Law and graduated in 1967 then passed the bar examinations in 1968.

    He got a master’s degree from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1980 and a master’s degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines.

    He took up Strategic Economic Program in the Center for Research and Communication. He enrolled in a Non-Resident and General Staff Course at the Command and General Staff College, AFP and joined the seniors executive fellow program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.

    He earned a doctorate in Public Administration (Honoris Causa) from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In 1993, he received a diploma in Land Use Program from the University of the Philippines. In 1996, he finished the Top Management Program at the Asian Institute of Management in Bali, Indonesia.

    He also took up the Joint Services and Command Staff course in the AFP. He also has a master’s degree in Management at the Philippine Christian University and a diploma in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from the University of the Philippines Open University.

  16. Binay is ok for me compared to Poe and Mar. From the current Presidential wannabe only Binay and Duterte don’t belong to elites and oligarch but that is already not the case of Binay now because he is considered elite and oligarch for he’s very rich so that’s leaving Duterte the only real non member of elite and oligarch. This country where run by elite and oligarch since the birth of time and what happened? Your answer is good as mine. If Duterte will be DQued I will go for Binay…

  17. Last year, Binay was put to the test worse than just insults. This was when he was accused of graft and corruption. The scandal was widely reported both in traditional media and social media. The Senate blue ribbon committee held hearings to look into this accusation.
    Binay’s assets and that of associates were frozen by the courts–even if at that point and up to now the courts have not convicted Binay of any wrongdoing. I go by the findings of the courts and not by the judgments of media and private individuals. Answer to question of Mr. Albert R. Palafox

  18. albert R. Palafox on

    what about the corruption charges against the whole Binay family.Are you willing to forget this charges, I do not want a corrupt presisdent to run our country.

    • as of now, the corruption charges has no bearing….only the court can say if they are guilty or not….i frankly dont believe the charges unless the court says so…

    • Can you explain how do they acquire billions of assets they own. I feel sorry for you people who continue to be blind. Our country is now slowly improving the economy and you would vote for someone who would continue to steal government’should money. Why do you think he wants to be elected President?

  19. I will vote for Binay he will answer all the allegations being hurled againts him if not silence means accepting the guilt.

    • He already answered the accusations, but the problem is, no one wants to listen . Silence has no bearing on Guilt .

    • How did he answer? Where? Did he provide the evidence how he amassed those vast properties and wealth his family is enjoying now? Does he have a legitimate family business other than being a politician? Where are his dummies now? How did his son become a multimillionaire too without a known business? Come on… Common sense…

    • when did he answer the allegations? he said he will answer in the proper forum but doesnt want to go to the proper forum. keyboard warriora will try to deviate from reality. not only our politicians corrupt, but people are corrupted because they have been used to the system of corruption.

  20. you are entitled to your choice but for me only Duterte could bring real change and protect the oppressed. I have no bad blood with Binay but he seems not qualified in the sense that he don’t face his enemies squarely, he resorted to (iwas-pusoy) when he did not show-up in the senate investigation (even if farce) he should show his evidence there in the face of his detractors (isampal niya sa kanila) but it seems to me that he wants to hide everything in public. Duterte meanwhile has catapulted Davao city to be the safest city in the Philippines and take note, 4TH safest in the world… considering that Davao is the largest city in the world. Progress will come next as long as the area is safe…

  21. Mr. Araulo, I hope you are not “financially” interested or connected with Binay. You only limited yourself to what you termed some important qualities. But what about character, integrity, honesty, and/or corruptibility – don’t your find these important? Have you not tried to look and assess your subjects on or at these aspects in re Binay and the others? You are an “auditor”, I supposed, and these other matters that you “intentionally” missed or conveniently forgot is like failing to make a footnote in your financial reports about substantial data and information, hopefully not to misinform, under-inform or even mislead your readers. Be a fair, smart and reliable auditor, next time, Ok.

    • Nice one this being an auditor and omitting essential footnotes to mislead…this is what it seems Mr. A has done. FYI I worked with Mr. P in SGV.

    • That’s true. Binay should first explain all his amassed wealth and his colleagues Limlingan and Baloloy. He should also stop paying the media to publish his name everyday in order to top the surveys like Llamanzares. Notice that its only Binay and Llamanzares names that always appear (everyday) in all newspapers and some other forms of media.
      In regards to Llamanzares, she should quit her ambitions for she is not qualified and a liar.