Aquino’s finger pointing and Binay’s defiance of suspension order


Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and Vice President Jejomar Binay

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and Vice President Jejomar Binay

We have not only been contending with President Aquino’s credibility and liability issues on the role he played in Oplan Exodus that led to the massacre of 44 police commandos by Moro rebels, but we are also being subjected now to another reprehensible credibility and liability issues involving Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is reportedly bent on defying the preventive suspension order of the Ombudsman relative to the graft and malversation charges against him for the alleged overprice Makati parking building.

What is despicable on Aquino’s part is that while he washes his hands and absolves his most trusted friend and protégé, former PNP chief Alan Purisima, he is acrimoniously pointing the finger to sacked PNP-SAF commander Getulio Napeñas as the culprit, forgetting that the three other fingers are pointing back at him.

As president and commander-in-chief, Aquino thinks he has the monopoly of intelligence and truth, and all others are bumbling nincompoops.

But that is neither here nor there now as the people know him better.

Unfortunately, we are made to witness another disgraceful behavior by a public official in the person of Junjun Binay, who has decided to sleep and stay put in the Makati City Hall in defiance of the six-month suspension order against him by the Ombudsman.

What is contemptible about Binay’s action is that it is encouraged and supported by his father, Vice President Binay, instead of showing good examples as leaders so that their good acts will be emulated by others who find themselves in the same situation, one time or another.

What is even worse is that the Binays are claiming political persecution, blaming Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for orchestrating the suspension order.

Like many, I don’t see the hands of Roxas having to do with the suspension order, except that the political rivalry of the Binays and Roxas is getting played up, and the latter is caught in the controversy as it will be his department that will be serving the suspension order.

One does not have to wonder anymore why even Sen. Nancy Binay tried hard to put Roxas on the spot during the Senate investigation on the Mamasapano massacre.

But if the Binays have nothing to hide, as they want people to believe that they are clean, honest and incorruptible, then why disobey with impunity the suspension order?

It does not make sense to me since they will have their day in court and the means to refute and clear their names in the alleged charges of corrupt practices.

Again, like Aquino, the Binays think they have the monopoly of probity and honorableness.

I can’t help but ask these questions: As people, what kind of future shall we and our children have with leaders like Aquino and the Binays?

Where is this country heading?

Could their similar attributes be the reason why, to this day, Binay is still a trusted member in Aquino’s cabinet?

I can’t seem to reconcile the fact that while Aquino is advocating strongly for his “tuwid na daan (straight path) slogan, he is at the same time maintaining and dignifying the cabinet position of Binay in his administration, just as Aquino continued to maintain and dignify the position and persona of Purisima, even as the raiding police commandos were dying.


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