Will they now smear Grace Poe until she is kettle-black?

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Pursuing the PDAF crooks was the right thing to do and it was, truly, unprecedented in our political history. But as in all the actions of the Aquino administration, there are caveats and they are certainly unsettling.

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If you failed to notice this, I will point it out to you. Have you observed the extraordinary giddiness, the irrational exuberance, by which the Aquino administration – via the justice department and its various instrumentalities – pursued the plunder cases against Senators Enrile, Revilla and Estrada? We all can agree that the passion and efforts behind the Corona impeachment were surpassed by the passion and intensity expended in the pursuit of the plunder cases.

The underlying reason behind the irrational exuberance is simple – politics. Senators Enrile, Revilla and Estrada are no run-of-the-mill senators in terms of political clout. While Mr. Enrile is the only one with the intellectual heft and political gravitas, Senators Revilla and Estrada are both big-name movie actors and are popular leaders of the opposition to Mr. Aquino. Until now.

By jailing the three, the Aquino administration was not only able to convey to the world that the anti-corruption fight is for real. It gained pogi points from global anti-corruption groups and multilateral institutions. More, in one stroke that earned universal acclaim for the Aquino administration, it also decapitated the strength of the opposition.

Mr. Enrile, then and now, is the senior leader cum statesman of the opposition. His brain power is such that he has more cerebellum than five of Mr. Aquino’s Senate allies. Before he was jailed, Mr. Revilla was planning to run for president under the banner of the Lakas-CMD which he chairs. Mr. Estrada was the top choice to run as vice presidential candidate of Mr. Binay under the UNA-PMP coalition. The plunder cases aborted the higher political dreams of Mr. Revilla and Mr. Estrada and kept out Mr. Enrile from the Senate. He will return soon after the High Court ruled in favor of his bail petition. His status, his gravitas, however, is dented.

The Aquino administration is predisposed to cut down to size its major political opponents through means fair or otherwise and that precisely happened in the case of the three political heavyweights. Mr. Binay, the vice president, who stands in the way of the presidential dreams of The Anointed – Mar Roxas – came next after the three senators.

Many Filipinos acknowledge that Mr. Binay and the members of his family in politics – to put it mildly – are not saints. Makati City tenders on public work projects really tweaked the Government Procurement Act to favor the favored contractors. But this is the sad reality of bidding in the country. Not one of the LGUs in the country adheres rigidly to the GPA (except perhaps Naga City during the time of Mr. Robredo). Only, the tweaking of the GPA was carried out, and is still being carried out, in Makati City and the rest of Metro Manila on a grander scale.

The problem is this. Only Mr. Binay has presidential ambitions and that makes him different from the former and current mayors of Metro Manila that do the same thing–and all the time. The ordure in the bidding process of some Metro Manila cities stink more than the Makati bids (there are cities that award all their major public works contracts to one contractor) but these are not exposed as assaults on government integrity because the mayors simply want to be mayors and not president of the republic.

The fault of Mr. Binay is really to stand in the way of somebody else’s presidential ambition and Mr. Binay is eminently positioned to crush that ambition. So, he and his family got the demolition job. A demolition job pursued with the usual passion and irrational exuberance.

The next saga in our dirty politics will now focus on Senator Grace Poe. Now that she has turned down with finality the offer to run as vice president under the LP-led coalition, she is sure to be at the receiving end of one thing – a demolition job. Without a PDAF scam and a squeaky-clean image, the sowers of political malevolence are still at the planning stage. But it will come.

Right now, a legal case on her citizenship is the low-hanging fruit that is available to the demolition teams. The non-stop buzz that Poe is up for a Supreme Court case, and the SC will reportedly find her citizenship papers deficient, is the opening salvo. Every lawyer you talk to raises this possibility and you can only wonder where this talk came from and who are its authors.

If we laymen think that the Aquino operatives will just allow Poe to run for president without a baggage — and without confronting legal cases while competing for the presidency — we give too much credence to the thesis that the Aquino people are sometimes guided by their better angels. No, they are not. They are guided by only one thing – overweening ambition.

They will not stop at bullying Poe as an angry Inday Susan has decried.

They will surely blacken her until she is kettle-black. Or until she is Binay-black.

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  1. Mar Roxas should get Kiko Pangilinan for VP so people would surely go to Mar’s campaign because Sharon will be there and not at Grace Ex Filipino ex American and future American Poe’s campaign. Grabe walang loyalty

  2. I still don’t like the idea of a first family who except tor the president are Americans please please pretty please bawasan ang kapal ng Mukha.

  3. Bugbugin sila ni Maid Mirriam…I wish Maid Mirriam (MM) will join the RP Pres hopefuls. As I have written before and in the ambit of Mr. Adaza’s Balls w/ Brains and Brains w/ Balls..only MM can make all these hopefuls dangle their Balls in public in their own free will…and that will happen during the Pres Debate. And that my friends no amount of mud slinging this Pnoy cabal can make MM the kettle black. And for sure the tandem of MM and Juan Mael (aka JPE) will surely make Pnoy cabal scramble for more mud…It is an interesting 2016 if MM and Mael will kiss for good and join forces. Great BRAINS…for RP progress.

  4. Amnata Pundit on

    Pardon me but it is unbelievable how you guys cannot be contented with churning out these Binay-should-be-president-even-if-he-is-a-crook type of articles, you have now added Grace-should-not-be-questioned-even-if-her-qualifications-are-questionable type of article to your arsenal. Its good that you have lumped them together because now readers can see that they are really two peas in a pod. They are both evasive when it comes to the issues raised against them that it makes me wonder if Binay, not Marcos, is her real father from an affair with an albino. I suggest you add this type of article next time: Grace-should-be-president-even-if-her-husband-reminds-me-of-Mike Arroyo.

  5. Dio San Pedro on

    Good analysis. Don’t forget Mayor Duterte. They will file human rights violations against him once the good mayor declare his candidacy. Unfortunately for Ms Poe but good for the Philippines, Ms Poe has failed to looked beyond the horizon. The light at the end of the tunnel or the Philippine Presidency for her turns out to be the light of an incoming train that will ultimately demolish her. She could have kept all the secrets and remained senator.

  6. Bakit hindi kumbisihin si Tillanes na maging vice ni MAR..pareho naman silang demonyol
    Si Trillanes ang pinakamaruming politico ng ating bansa. Pagkatapos siyang tulungan nina Enrile at Binay nang siya’y nasa gipit ano ang ginanti niya ? Sa ating cultura hindi pinapansin ang mga taong walang utang na loob. Tayo ay nagkamali nang ihalal siyang senador, ang ganyang klase na tao ay hindi qualified mamuno o ihalal kahit Barangay Captain.

  7. Happily Married on

    I have been reading about the case against Ms. Poe. To me, it all hinges upon whether or not she can prove that her parents were Philippine citizens. Would not a DNA test settle this matter? I’m surprised that she hasn’t volunteered to prove it that way. Unless of course, she’s already done so and knows the results.

  8. Well she asked for it. She can’t be kissing Penoys ass seeking support and find him
    responsible for the 44 massacre at the same time. Poe showed her political color when she shelved the senate report finding Penoy responsible – BLACK.

  9. if you remember , benigno Aquino sr became popular mainly because he was the MOST VOCAL LIAR FABRICATOR oppositionist during MARCOS TIME . eWNA KO NGA BAKIT NABANSAGANG hero na wala ginawa kundi panggugulo

    • I concur. FYI Benigno Aquino the so-called hero was a CIA. So were FV Ramos, Enrile, Gringo.

  10. …these Palace backed bashers are only earning their keep Mr Ronquillo for they know that it is only a matter of time before the “TAP” runs dry come June30, 2016!

  11. THE STEP TO STOP GRACE POE FROM BEING A SENATOR AND PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES JUST A RIGHT DECISION FOR PATRIOTIC PEOPLE…. IMAGINE MO ANG KAHIHIYAN NATING NA MAGLAGAY TAYOP ULI NG PRESIDENTE NA KATULAD NI CORY AQUINO AT PAGKATAPOS AY ANAK NAMAN NIYA. AMPON NGA NI FPJ NA HINDI IBIG SABIHIN AY MAGANGDANG BINHI NA SIYA. …..ANAK SIYA ANG MGA WALANGHIYANG INA AY AMA NAG NAG ASAWAHAN SA KALYE KAYA ANG TAWAG GRACE POE AY ASKAL NA TAO. AT WALANG UTANG NA LOOB NA AMPON.

  12. Dalawa lang ang mabuting gawin ni Poe,magbise siya kay Mar o manatili siyang senador, kung gusto niyang manatili sa politika!
    Kung masama ang demonyo!mas tuso pa ang LP at si Aquino!

  13. Maribel A. Calanda on

    As sure as the sun rises in the east, Sen Grace Poe will be beaten, scarred, maligned until she is kettle black. The demolition team is out to discredit her once she comes out in the open. Many are already asking Why Sen Roxas finds it too difficult to have a running mate. The answer is simple. He is having a hard time to get a running mate because he is not winnable. I am afraid that all of gov’t’s resources will be diverted to his campaign funds. Even if you poured out all the govt resources, he could not win the presidential elections.

    • i wish i could believe you but the image of the magical hocus pcos machines keep popping in my mind. according to carmen pedrosa of phil star, she asked andy, the comelec chair, if the smartmatic omr, the new name of the hocus pcos, could guarantee a clean election. you what andy said?? he could not give a guarantee. omg, why use them in the first place kung wala din lang kasiguruhan. so may dayaan pang pwedeng mangyari tulad ng unexplainable 60-30-10 pattern nung 2013 elections

  14. This is a great analysis of how the admin machine has strategically targeted its biggest threats. And while I do believe that Sen. Poe’s integrity will withstand these attacks, it is still best to be ready.