• Wonder of wonders: Tainted Binay is better appreciated than Honest Aquino


    Do Filipinos lack the capacity for basic discernment? Can’t they distinguish between honest leaders and the tainted ones? Can’t they see what is dross and what is pure gold? Can’t they separate the paragon of virtue from the public face of sleaze?

    If the recent Pulse Asia survey on the trust and approval rating of top Filipino leaders were to be used as basis, the answer to all the questions is a big No. They can’t. They do not have the capacity for basic and elementary discernment.

    Proof? The ultimate proof? The approval and trust ratings of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who, judging by news headlines is the newly crowned King of Sleaze, were higher than those of President Aquino, the Sultan of Integrity. Binay, with all the mud thrown at him, is more credible than the fount of all integrity.

    You really have to ask this question. Why oh why?

    In the real world, Mr. Binay was not supposed to be the most trusted public official. Or, one with the highest approval rating. Day in and day out, the mainstream media scream with banner headline stories on his alleged untold and undeclared wealth, his supposed acts of corruption and how he turned Makati’s munisipyo into a cash register for his family’s political enterprise. The stories of Tammany Hall were peanuts compared to what had been alleged against Mr. Binay and his political family.

    And then we have this contrast. President Aquino, the spear carrier of personal integrity and daang matuwid, the tireless and indefatigable advocate of honest deals, transparent bidding, discreet use of government funds. That fact that no money trail, no fat bank account, no Swiss deposit, no real estate holdings of substantial value have been appended to his name just shore up the image of a president with genuine personal integrity.

    In the real world, Mr. Binay’s proper place in trust and approval surveys should be at the bottom, even below Manong Johnny, Bong and Jinggoy. The condemned rank, a place where one would have no chance of attaining political redemption. Hacienda Binay and Parkinggate alone are enough to sink Mr. Binay into the bottom of the polls and into permanent political oblivion.

    Yet, Mr. Binay is not only more trusted than Mr. Aquino. The way Filipinos see it, he is even better at his job than the president. Not only that. Mr. Binay has been consistently besting the president on these two survey areas. The recent Pulse Asia survey was not a statistical fluke that favored Mr. Binay in a one-time, big-time manner.

    In the battle for the hearts and minds of Filipinos, which surveys on politicians and public leaders are all about, Mr. Binay, newly crowned by the media as the King of Sleaze, is closer to the hearts of the people than the supposed paragon of virtue.

    Students of politics get their heightened puzzlement once they realize the broader context in which the surveys are being taken. It is a context in which Mr. Binay has all the handicaps.

    Filipinos have dynastic impulses in their political DNA. They are closet royalists like most newspaper editors. Mr. Binay may have his own political dynasty, but it is a recent one with no impressive pedigree. Mr. Aquino, in contrast, is the son of two of the most revered figures in Philippine politics, whose lineage dates back to the Commonwealth period. Mr. Binay is viewed as an upstart, an arriviste. Mr. Aquino is viewed as a true blue blood.

    Yet, despite the predisposition of most Filipinos to favor the old-line political family over the arriviste, Mr. Binay has defied this trend to poll better than Mr. Aquino.

    The media plays a disproportionate role in shaping public opinion. Here, Mr. Binay has the severest of handicaps. There is no section in the mainstream media that is truly devoted to the proposition of a President Binay. In contrast, the existence of a “Yellow Brigade” in media is an urban legend.

    There is a section in the media out to get Mr. Binay. Meanwhile, there is a section in the media out to protect Mr. Aquino and portray him as an honest, dedicated reformer.

    Yet, Mr. Binay is still getting better numbers than Mr. Aquino.

    The screaming headlines determined to doom Mr. Binay’s presidential dreams have to finish off the vice president by early December. After that, it would be the season of good tidings and forgiveness and no amount of bad publicity would get traction.

    If the mid-December polls would place Mr. Binay on top, then he can coast to the presidency in 2016 with relative ease.

    On Mr. Aquino, this is my genuine fear. The polls of early 2016 may place Mrs. Arroyo in a better light than Mr. Aquino. That would be Mr. Aquino’s greatest tragedy.



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    1. “And then we have this contrast. President Aquino, the spear carrier of personal integrity and daang matuwid, the tireless and indefatigable advocate of honest deals, transparent bidding, discreet use of government funds. That fact that no money trail, no fat bank account, no Swiss deposit, no real estate holdings of substantial value have been appended to his name just shore up the image of a president with genuine personal integrity.”

      Honesty to oneself is not sufficient to convince people of PNoy’s good governance. His incompetence, inborn metal challenges are becoming more obvious as times goes by. To avoid listing of the undesirable attributes of PNoy, “hoity-doity” appropriate ephitet for

      His continuous harping against GMA without letting the people know what he did to correct errors of the former president is tiring to hear. His juvenile spoiled behaviors are indicative of his inborn mental challeges. He is sparing his party mates and followers from prosecutions. He showed himself above the law by defying the DAP unconstitutionality. He even threathened to clip the SC power to get hus way. He is also committed criminal offence by bribing legislators using DAP to oust Corona.

      He connives with Abad to usurp the Treasury responsibilty and over controlled the Legislative Branch of the government. Now, he also wants the SC under his control, a one man, or dictatorship government.

      Also, unfortunately, PNOY abetted and enabled plunders of the Philippines taxpayers
      coffer. He also dusregard the unconstitutionality of

    2. alfonso alag jr on

      Kung may pinag-aralan ka alam alam mo na kung sino ang corrupt ay magnanakaw sa kaban nang bayan. Sino ang butohin mo?

    3. Ever since .Noli de Castro has his trust and approval rating lorded it over GMA in their heydays, Pulse Asia and SWS has continued their flawed comparison of the trust rating of a mango to a duhat. It shows that PNoy’s survey ratings as president and taking care of all the problems of the govt. to govern the land is not comparable to the survey ratings of VP J. Binay who is aside from a spare tire was given by PNoy as an appointed head of NHA, PAG-Ibig and as the Presidential point man for OFW’S and we appreciate how high his survey ratings are mesmerzing the false notion that yes, of course he has a higher survey rating than PNoy since he has a limited responsibility in managing the daily going on of the land. It is giving him and his followers an air of false invincibility since as what the survey adage says ” what goes up. must come down, but not so prematurely?”

    4. Nice point Mr. Ronquillo.

      Only if these exposes (demolition job?) against VP Binay are being performed by credible people, those with integrity and without hidden agenda/vested personal interest unlike Trillanes, Cayetano, Pimentel, Guingona, Mercado, et. al, then people will immediately accept these exposes and dump the black guy from Makati.

    5. Masasabi lang na mabuti ang isang tao,kung marunong magpatawad!
      Kapag pinagtatakpan ng mga may kapangyarihan at ginagawang santo para sa interest nila, karma ang tatangapin niya!
      Nagiging mabuti lang ang tao sa kagagawan ng pag-imbento ng totoong ugali nito!
      Katulad ng mga sumusulat nito!!
      Marunong na ang tao ngayon kung sino ang inimbentong mabuting tao,
      Kaysa totoong gumagawa nito!!

    6. Noong bago naging Mayor si Binay sabi nya sa mga yabut mga tuko sa pwesto. Sana May magresearch ng full context. Mas kapit tuko sila at ang katwiran kasi mahal sila ng tao nakakahiya kayo mga BINAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7. “Do Filipinos lack the capacity for basic discernment? Can’t they distinguish between honest leaders and the tainted ones?” Although these are questions, they might as well be declarative statements, and this is just the tip of the iceberg of this problem.

      This is the failure of several factors. With the mushrooming of political parties and the destruction of two-party system, opposition party to any administration is virtually incapable, with no strong national organization, to take up the role confidently against the established bureaucracy of the government. Being in The Opposition take a lot of hard work and sacrifices, or even martyrdom. It is a lot easier to be a turncoat and enjoy the benefits with the new administration, without having to put self at risk and hardship. That is why there are very few principled politician these days. There is no principle to uphold.
      With this situation, this is what happened with PDAF and DAP. Then the media slide into the role of opposition, but neglect its natural role of giving the Public a balanced news since it is busy doing the role of The Opposition. Then the Public becomes cynical of what they get from the media. It becomes hard to believe anything from the media that is acting as The Opposition..
      Now the media is wondering why there is no Public discernment of who is truly trustworthy, when the Media had made good of making people cynical.

    8. The incompetence, the law breaking, and the bribing shown by Aquino has destroyed the his reputation in eyes of almost everyone. Binay is tainted by corruption. Aquino has fueled corruption to greater heights than ever imagined. Binay will always get better poll numbers than Aquino for honesty and competence.

    9. Jose A. Oliveros on

      Binay is “tainted” only in the eyes of the yellow-controlled media and his incorrigible detractors but not in the eyes of the “masa” who constitute his support base, as evidenced by the results of the survey cited by Dr. Dante Ang in yesterday’s issue of this newspaper.

      • Let’s junk honest elections and just allow the surveys to decide who will sit as President. Binay after his term will install his wife for sure, then his children. After four or five terms of the Binay dynasty we will have a real revolution that will bring about real changes which is the only solution to our situation. How about it ?

    10. I think the seeming popularity of Binay is fast disapearing as more and more people realize that he is not as clean as they were made to believe. He may be getting “better numbers” now than President Aquino but the trend shows he may not have it for long.

      Amado f. Cabaero

    11. Nagtataka ka pa! Kaya nga nanalo is Abnoy dahil sa katangahan ng mga bumoto sa kaniya. If Binay or Roxas becomes the next President, I hate to say this, but at least the Filipinos are consistent in being stupid!

      • tama ka dyan kaibigan, talagang grabe na ang mga bobotantes dito. maraming capable at hindi kasali sa mga kabulastugan pero hindi popular tulad ng mga artista at membro ng mga dynasty pero hindi binoboto ng mga bobotantes. kawawa talaga tayo, hindi ba??

    12. Filipinos are very forgiving and forgetful. The best of both evil or both world then it would be Binay with a complete both hands down. Unless, a more compelling expose which I don’t since everyone is cleaning their house and closet with a fine tooth comb. You will never find anything or a strand of dirty hair. You will need to dig farther than 20 yrs. to see it coming and how he evolved into what he is now. Just like the evolution ape to man then reverting back to ape. No matter who it is people will love him/her for a short period of time then they’ll hate them again! We need martial law to keep everyone straight and all that BIFF, MNLF, etc. needs to be cleansed themselves like OXO and SIGE-SIGE – they’re just another gang of thugs.

      • It has nothing to do with Pinoys being forgiving and forgetful and everything to do with a LOT of Pinoys simply being too stupid to distinguish between competent and popular.

    13. P. Akialamiro@yahoo.com on

      Binay is no “holier than thou” to Aquino. He is “fair game” and he should be investigated, by all means. We don’t want to have a “corrupter” president. muchless one with a ‘dynasty’.

      However, ‘honesty’ is not the only answer to good governance; especially if it’s only applied as a “guise” to go after ‘enemies’. Vindictiveness, ineptitude, insensitivity and bias make the “tuwid na daan” a farce. They are are equal sins as corruption.

    14. Assuming that survey was honest, it was like conducting one in New York by asking people there whom they preferred, Al Capone, John Gotti, Albert Anastasia or Carlo Gambino. Their response will depend on who has been heavily covered in the news lately, of course. But if you include a non mobster in that list, say one Marlen V. Ronquillo, why of course Mr. Ronquillo will win that survey hands down. Now, If you hire a polling outfit to do that here, you will surely become a presidentiable overnight. You up to it?

      • Cesar C. Martin on

        Every yellow tard will say the survey was not “honest” simply because it was not SWS or Pulse Asia that did the survey.