It does not surprise me at all that former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has finally come forward to endorse Vice President Jejomar Binay for the 2016 presidential race.
This was expected since there is no way President Aquino’s Liberal Party is going to take in Binay as their presidential standard bearer. It still fresh in our minds when Erap made a statement, warning that if Binay becomes Aquino’s candidate that he will run against his good friend.
I am sure glad political events evolved the way they are now, thus, preventing another Erap presidency.
But how can we be sure that a Binay presidency will not be like an Erap presidency?
To start with they are so much alike as two peas coming from the same pod – from both being populist politician having been elected mayor in their own bailiwicks for the longest time to being elected vice president of the country. They even have doctors for a wife, but the most glaring similarity about them is that both are also hounded by corruption charges, which includes, among other things, ownership of mansions – Erap’s in Boracay and Binay’s in Batangas.
Unlike Estrada, however, Binay did not start as an actor, but mind you, he is learning and acting to be one at this time when he is in the thick of controversial issues concerning his alleged ill-gotten wealth.
Now Binay is trying to eclipsed Erap’s record by going after the presidency in 2016 election.
Comparing now the records of the two popular/populist politicians, shall we continue to be so naïve as to allow the endorsement of Erap for Binay to be president in 2016 influence our decision to vote for the latter?
Come on people, wake up!
If Binay was a different ‘pea’ and endorsed by conscientious leaders coming from different sectors of society, then it would be a different matter all together.
But for one with a devious past endorsing another whose integrity/probity is presently being questioned, does one has still to think twice and deeply ponder whether or not a vote for Binay will do justice to the country and its people?
This is simply a case of a wrong person endorsing a wrong candidate.
That is all there is to it.