Having been leading for a long time in presidential surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay may have thought that choosing somebody expedient to be his running mate will be a walk in the park.
Alas, to his embarrassment, Binay is finding the search surprisingly unexciting and seemingly frustrating as he is pressed to the wall for running mate to this day.
Where could have Binay went wrong?
Could Binay’s appearance before the senate hearing probing the corrupt practices against him have made a difference – like making it easier for him to pick his preferred running mate and for the latter to accept the offer without any qualms at all?
Perhaps, but that is neither here nor there now.
The hard truth to swallow is that either those that Binay wanted to become his running mate have opted to run against him, like Sen. Grace Poe, or decided not to seek higher office, like Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, or are not simply interested, like PLDT Chair Manny Pangilinan before and Sen. Gregorio Honasan recently.
Wasn’t Binay also courting former Senator Manny Villar in the early days , but refused the offer?
Gauging from recent allusions about Binay’s choices, Honasan was mentioned as one of the last three whom Binay is considering to run in tandem with, thus, narrowing the selection process for the vice presidential position.
Honasan, however, didn’t take the bait, even emphatically denying that he was interested in the position. He described as “masakit na biro” (painful joke, or sick joke, if you may) the floating of his name as Binay’s running mate.
The other personality that Binay has been envisaging to be his running mate is of course Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., whose despot father Binay fought against during the dark days of the dictatorial regime, but for political expediency calls himself now a “unifying” and “healing” leader, thus, his choice for the son.
To me and for many, I am sure Binay’s choice for the young Marcos is more of shamelessly identifying and promoting the ilk that he belongs to, which is just as detrimental to the country’s growth and development as much as it is to peace and stability.
It remains to be seen though whether or not the arrogant Marcos will accept the offer from the arrogant Binay.
So, who could be the third alternative if Marcos, like Honasan, refuses to take the bait?
Indeed, very interesting days ahead.
How Binay must have wished that boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was eligible to be his running mate in 2016!
Binay is himself a disaster. It would have been a double disaster with Pacquiao as his running mate.
But the good thing is that nobody seems to falling into the trap that Binay has set up for the vice presidential position.