Pathetic is about one’s pitiful behavior, but then it can also mean a desperate and despicable demeanor.
It is very unfortunate, therefore, that Vice President Jejomar Binay made a barefaced comparison about how similar he was with the late venerable Singapore legend, Lee Kuan Yew, during his reign as Makati mayor, because it has only shown more than ever the utter disparity between the two of them.
“His political will and pragmatic approach to governance was my inspiration in rebuilding Makati after the 1986 EDSA Revolution from a bankrupt municipality to the country’s premier city providing unparalleled social services to its constituents,” Binay said of Lee.
Upon hearing Binay’s metaphor, former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Solita “Winnie” Monsod, in her Philippine Daily Inquirer column, said: “Now that has to be the most tasteless, and shameless, use of an iconic public figure’s death for one’s own political ends, in the hope that the glitter from Mr. Lee’s stature will rub off on him.”
And rightly so!
Binay’s pathetic metaphor is so despicable, not only because he glorified himself at the expense of Singapore’s esteemed founder in death, but the man is so desperate in clinching the presidency in 2016 that he wants the Filipino people to believe that he can do to the country what Lee has done to Singapore.
Many may have felt the iron hand of Lee when he sternly ruled and transformed Singapore from the bottom rungs of the Third World into one of Asia’s wealthiest and least corrupt countries just during his generation, but most Singaporeans consider him a treasure of efficiency, integrity, strategy, foresight, incorruptibility, leadership, authority and truly a public servant.
With all the charges of corrupt practices Binay is facing today while he was Makati’s mayor, could the same be said of him, if and when he is elected president of the country?
Let us not be deceived by sweet sounding, eye-popping metaphors.
Binay is not, can not and will not ever be a Lee Kuan Yew.
How about this for an apt comparison (from Facebook.com):