Binay, God, and the truth

Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay

I do not know if Vice President Jejomar Binay’s God could really make a difference in his pursuit for the truth against the corruption allegations being accrued against him.

But entreating Divine Providence is foolishness for his gradually eroding lead in the presidential surveys only mean that he is up against the God of the Filipino people who have given Him thanks for elucidating them in understanding better the man who would do anything to be president in 2016.

It is not about telling God or the crowd of political supporters called upon to attend his visits to the provinces that some senators are making the senate a stage to attack or ridicule his persona or sadly emoting that he is not the owner of the 350-hectare farm in Rosario, Batangas, as alleged, but rather, it is about proving and justifying that all the claims and accusations against him are hearsay.

If, indeed, telling the truth will set a maligned individual free, then what more fitting venue to refute the issues, in the case of Binay, than to do it at the senate floor so he can confront his detractors at will.

So much have been said by so many, including myself, about Binay’s seemingly hard-nosed attitude in not honoring the invitation of the senate investigation about his alleged corrupt practices with the excuse that the investigative body has already prejudged him.

Binay is a lawyer, so why not disprove the perceived prejudgment and let the same people following the proceedings hear his side?

One cannot help but agree with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s observation/opinion on Binay’s case.

“That is the normal reaction of an innocent person, he flies up and down, he tears at his hair, drives himself to the roof, he shouts to high heaven for justice and then he presents his evidence. He cannot just say they are all lies, I deny all of them,” Santiago said.

“The natural instinct of man compels him to resist an unfounded claim or imputation and defend himself. It is totally against our human nature to just remain reticent and say nothing in the face of false accusations. Hence, silence in such cases is always construed as implied admission of truth,” Santiago quoted an SC ruling.

Among the many questions that Binay has to answer and defend, there is one that he should explain and make clear to the people: If he is not the owner of the Batangas property, then what reason does he have in donning his much comfortable/homey camouflage military uniform to guide friends and guests, alike, around? If it is not his property, then why make it a point in inviting people to the place? The same question goes to Mrs. Binay. Does it mean that every time the Binays invite guests to the place they have to say – “I don’t own this property, but I am inviting you here because it is world class!”

Absurd, isn’t it?

But then again, silence implies that it could be owned by the Binay’s.

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2 comments on “Binay, God, and the truth

  1. Jess says:

    We cannot always conclude that silence means “yes”. Silence can only be considered “implied yes” if the accused is making a sworn counter-affidavit or answer to an allegation in a civil case, administrative case, or information in criminal proceeding as well as inside the court when directly asked by the Judge.

    But in this case, VP Binay seems being tried through the media by the sub-committee composed by the three senators under the senate blue ribbon committee. This task should be handled by the Blue Ribbon Committee under Senator T. Guingona. It is perceived that there must be something fishy in this investigation.

    The supposed purpose of that senate hearing should be ” in aide of legislation”; now it becomes “in aide of election”.

    • quierosaber says:

      Good to hear from you again, sir. For sure the investigation is no longer in aide of legislation. It is more the realization of ulterior motives by his political enemies. But having said that,I really would like to see the vice president change from being a populist politician that he has always been to a more differentiating one that would tend to show what he is really made of. I find him to be somebody who knows how to dance with the music and more importantly to choose whom to dance with for his own personal and political interest. He seems to have shed off already whatever activism he was known for in his younger years and adapted a more complacent attitude ever since he became Makati’s CEO and more so as the number 2 man in the republic. Been hearing negative accounts about him long before all these recent events came to being. As much as I didn’t want to believe them, surprisingly the senate blue ribbon subcommittee only seems to justify the allegations about him.

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