For a man trying to energize his sagging image and recover from his steady drop in both his presidential voter preference ranking and trust/approval rating as a government official, Vice President Jejomar Binay is everywhere in the news making utterances for people to remember him now until the 2016 election day.
The problem, however, is that sometimes Binay’s pronouncements get the better of him that instead of sounding hopeful for the future of the country he appears to be the harbinger of unrest and chaos.
Take for instance Binay’s recent statement that he will lead another people power revolution if he is cheated in the 2016 presidential elections.
Now, why would Binay start making this baffling threat this early if he thinks he is the most experienced and qualified among the three declared presidential candidates?
Besides, haven’t the country’s leaders learned a lesson yet from former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “Hello Garci” tape and what it has done to her in the aftermath?
What Binay seem to be doing is unscrupulously psyching up the minds of the people that the only way he will lose is if the ruling party of President Aquino, the Liberal Party, whose presidential bet is Mar Roxas, will play dirty and unfairly in the polls.
To many, Binay’s words are not only an affront to Aquino and Roxas, and to certain extent to Sen. Grace Poe as well, but also discrediting and disgracing the newly confirmed positions of exemplary leaders tasked to make sure that clean and honest election will happen, like Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and PNP Director Ricardo Marquez.
Binay should remember that while he uses his finger to point at his adversaries accusing them of cheating, what is more possible and believable, basing from his marred reputation, is that he is going to do what it takes to foment unrest and chaos in the country as a sign of his desperate attempt to be president and for the Binay dynasty to rule unabated.
But what is really intriguing, if not shocking, is the nerve and the presumptuousness of Binay to call for a people power revolution as if he has the moral ascendancy, like Cory Aquino before him, to lead one when he himself exemplifies the decadence in governance by a public official.