After so many rejections suffered by Vice President Jejomar Binay in his desperate attempt wooing politicians to become his running mate, he finally was able to convince Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan to accept the offer.
It took a second pass though because on the first proposal Honasan described the tandem of Bi-Hon or Bin-Go (for Binay-Gringo) as a painful joke, which is another phrase for a sick joke, saying, that it won’t fly.
According to Honasan, it was the pressure coming from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) more than Binay’s jawboning that made him succumbed to run as the party’s vice presidential candidate.
Needless to say that, like Binay, UNA itself was desperate in finding an able supporter outside the realm of the party who could help excite and improve the sagging image of Binay, that it had no other recourse but to nominate an insider, Honasan.
What can Honasan really crow about his performance and accomplishments as a politician, and even as a soldier, that would make people agog and hopeful of the Bi-Hon tandem?
We are all aware that Honasan was a former renegade soldier who led a number of aborted coups against the presidency of Cory Aquino. His reasons then for launching the rebellion was that under Cory, graft and corruption had increased, political family dynasties have gained power, the communist insurgents have been allowed to expand their activities through legal front groups and the president “adopted measures that tended or were intended to widen the rift between the military and civil government.”
If only an older Honasan had held on to the ideals the younger Honasan had when he was in the military, it would have made an impact and a big difference in his decision now to run as Binay’s vice presidential candidate.
But look what has happened.
While the administration of Cory’s son, President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), is doing everything to run the country the way Honasan sees fit, what does the latter do?
Honasan has not only agreed to run in tandem with Binay, but he is also supporting a presidential candidate who has been accused of corrupt practices and who, to this day, has not proven himself clean and beyond doubt. What is even worse is that Honasan is embracing the despicable family dynasty of the Binays.
Now if this is not Honasan’s highest point of hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.
During the turbulent years of the Cory presidency, Honasan, sporting a long hair, was more known for his Rambo-style notoriety, after John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former US Army Special Forces soldier skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and guerilla warfare.
Ironically, during those same tumultuous years, the diminutive Binay, then an avid supporter of Cory, was seen clad in Army fatigues and lugging an Uzi submachine pistol ready to defend and die for PNoy’s mother from coup plotters. This attire and gallantry earned Binay the sobriquet “Rambotito” or Little Rambo.
Rambo and Rambotito on different sides during those days was a big joke.
Together today, they are a big disappointment.