I do not know the veracity of this report but since the allegations come from veteran and hard-hitting TV host, radio broadcaster and columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Ramon Tulfo, then, I presume there is some credibility to it. The reason why I am presupposing is because only the PDI and Coconuts Manila have come out with the story.
Be that as it may, the story has a damning impact, not only on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s character, but also on how desperate Binay is in resurrecting himself from his downward spiral in approval and trust ratings based on the latest Pulse Asia survey on presidential wannabes for 2016.
According to Tulfo, Binay caused a popular morning radio commentary program to go off the air until Jan 5, 2015, after he ‘invited’ himself to become one of its regular hosts.’
Apparently, because of Binay’s present predicament, where he is trying very hard to extricate himself from the muck of corruption and ill-gotten wealth heaped against him, which is the main reason for his steep decline in the polls rating, he was invited by the hosts of dwIZ’s Karambola radio program, as guest, to air his side on the issues/charges against him. Note that the program discusses current events.
This happened on December 10, but much to the surprise and consternation (the word used by Tulfo) of the hosts, Binay, together with his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, returned to the radio program on December 12, this time, uninvited.
Perhaps, out of courtesy the Binays were allowed air time to speak, but what confused the hosts was that Binay thanked them instead for making him a regular on the Karambola program. The son reportedly declared that he “also wanted to be a regular on the program.” The Vice President, however, was said to have cut him short, saying they might be accused of having a dynasty on radio.
According to Tulfo, Binay, along with his son, was once again expected to appear on Karambola December 15, but the show was replaced with another program without notice.
Tulfo was reportedly saying that the Karambola hosts decided to go on vacation until Jan 5 to avoid an ugly scene with the Vice President. It’s the first time Karambola went off the air since it began its broadcast in 2005.
Indeed, this is a very shameful episode for the Binays, especially the presidential aspirant.
But, for one who is facing a second plunder complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman by lawyer Renato Bondal in connection with the alleged overpricing of the construction of the P1.33-billion Makati Science High School, Binay will do anything outrageous to spare him and his family further embarrassment that he sees will eventually cost him the presidency that he covets more than anything in this world.