All these times street parliamentarian, human rights advocate, Makati mayor and now Vice President Jejomar Binay have always been projecting an aura of a responsible, respected and an incorruptible person and politician.
Having been associated with Cory Aquino was the best thing that ever happened to him – it catapulted him to the office of the Vice President, even as an opposition running against the tandem Noy-Roxas of the LP in the 2010 election.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Roxas who at the last hour was dumped for Binay even among the Aquino relatives.
It was on this assumption that the patronage given him by the Aquino clan made Binay an avid supporter of President Aquino’s handling of government and the latter’s ‘tuwid na daan’ (straight path) advocacy.
Binay has never been a thorn in Aquino’s side. He has always been a good soldier, like any other member of Aquino’s cabinet, and has even represented the country for and in behalf of President Aquino in many events and occasions abroad.
Even when the controversial PDAF and DAP scams erupted, there was not much that one can hear from Binay commenting against any member of the administration and none at all, even a slight reference, against Aquino.
But one can’t help wonder, however, if Binay is for real – his aura and all – for entering into a partnership with former President Joseph Estrada, a convicted plunderer, and becoming running mates in the 2010 presidential election.
Together, and with the participation of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, they formed the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), earning them the moniker ‘The 3 Kings’ of the political party.
Was the formation of a triumvirate and the consolidation of powers by the 3 Kings an apocalyptic sign of what is to come of Binay?
These days the 3 Kings – Estrada, Enrile and Binay – have one thing in common.
Binay has now joined Estrada and Enrile as having been accused of corruption and plunder.
We all know what happened to Estrada and also aware of what is happening to Enrile.
Now we will see what is to come of Binay as he faces the tenacious duo in the Senate, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes, both presidential rivals, who are accusing him of corruption, and even plunder, in the scam-infested building construction in Makati that includes the controversial Makati parking building.
While the Binay camp has claimed all these accusations as character assassination and political destruction/demolition in the light of his favorable showing in the presidential poll surveys, the fact, however, remains that we want somebody to succeed Aquino as one having the moral ascendancy to lead this country.
Now the question is: Does Binay truly carries that aura of a responsible, respected and an incorruptible person and politician or has it already been discredited and his wickedness exposed?
It is important for Filipinos now to follow the Senate probe involving Binay and his family in the Makati building construction anomaly.
It is important for Filipinos to know who Binay really is and what his purpose is in creating a Binay political dynasty.
Binay should be reminded that the Philippines is not Makati, where the family take turns governing it.