President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) may have done the country good service by exercising political will in running after high profile corrupt public officials.
PNoy may also have made a positive impact in his drive for good governance by appointing mostly responsible people in his cabinet and other national positions who shares his mission and vision for the country.
Although the same cannot be said of PNP Chief Alan Purisima and Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who are both involved in alleged corruption anomaly, other appointees, however, are performing their jobs with probity or so we think they are.
But, what happens when you have a member of your cabinet who belongs to the opposition and whose continued presence is putting you in a dilemma?
I am talking of course about Vice President Jejomar Binay who is in PNoy’s cabinet as Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ Concerns, chairman emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), chairman of the Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment (PTFAIR), and chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Binay is pure dilemma to PNoy more than anybody else in his cabinet, to include even those under investigation now, in the sense that PNoy seems not to know where to go and what to do with Binay.
PNoy seems to be in denial that, before Purisima and Ona, Binay had been hounded incessantly by no less than the Senate Blue Ribbon committee for serious corrupt practices. If Ona was forced to go on leave pending the result of the investigation, why can’t PNoy do the same to Binay, and Purisima for that matter? Is he being selective in his choice of who the corrupt is and who is not, based on what personal or familial benefits he can derive from the person in question?
But, what makes Binay a real dilemma to PNoy is that even if Binay is already campaigning for the presidency against PNoy’s Liberal Party, still Binay continues to serve in PNoy’s cabinet!
Now, what kind of absurdity is that?
I would like to believe that PNoy is, without doubt, making political decisions wisely because he has the interest of the nation foremost. But, with this kind of political missteps, especially, in the case of Binay, what continuity of honest, good and responsible governance reforms are we to expect in 2016 and beyond?
Is PNoy following his own mind about Binay or is he being influenced by what his siblings and other close relatives are saying about Binay?
PNoy’s missteps of politically cuddling Binay to this day, is dangerous to the nation and the Filipino people. It may save PNoy from political persecution, the way PNoy went after former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and may benefit the Aquino-Cojuangco clan, but what of the future of the Filipino people who knows Binay now and his corrupt practices?
Unless PNoy corrects his missteps now on Binay and makes sure his party defeats him in the presidential race in 2016, history will surely judge PNoy as the most honest, but inept president this country ever had for turning over the presidency to a man who can’t sustain the growth and development the country has already achieved during his term.