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n our July 25th editorial
we asked if Vice President Jejomar Binay should be the next president of the
Philippines. In this editorial we arrive at the definitive conclusion that
that Binay should not be elected president.
Since our last editorial, more witnesses have come forward with more
allegations against the embattled Vice President. But our decision not to
support Binay’s presidential bid is based on irrefutable public acts that in
our opinion disqualify him from the presidency.
First and foremost, Binay skirted around the country’s term-limits law by
having his wife run for mayor after his third term in office—the maximum
allowed by law—came to an end. That three-year gap out of office while his
wife was mayor allowed him another three consecutive terms as mayor. An
opportunity he seized till he maxed-out once more in 2010. At that point his
son Jejomar Binay Jr. was old enough to run for mayor and did so, thus
keeping the office “in the family.”
To outsiders not accustomed to Filipino-style politics what Binay did is
simply outrageous and totally unacceptable. The term-limits law was signed
into law to prevent any individual from monopolizing a public office. Sadly
that is what Binay and many other mayors and governors all over the country
are doing. But the fact that so many unscrupulous politicos do it does not
make it right. We must point out that what Binay did is technically not
against the law, but it certainly goes against the spirit of the law.
Secondly, Binay made a mockery of the Philippine Senate when he allowed his
daughter Nancy who was so obviously unqualified, to run for senator. The fact
that she was a likely winner—given an easily manipulated electorate—did not
mean she deserved to become a senator. Long gone are the days when only
statesmen with years of experience became senators. The fact that Binay saw
nothing wrong with his daughter Nancy running for the Senate speaks volumes
about Binay’s true character. It appears he cares only about himself and his
family. The fact that the Philippines now has an unqualified senator is
not a matter of concern to Binay. What matters is that his daughter Nancy is
now a senator and in place to protect and expand the family’s dynastic
And like an astute chess player, Binay has his pieces in place. Aside from
Nancy, his other daughter Abigale is currently a congresswoman, while his
son Jejomar Jr. is now the mayor of Makati City.
Binay made a name for himself in the early Eighties as a staunch critic or
Ferdinand Marcos and his martial law regime. Cory Aquino who became
president after the EDSA revolution saw Binay as a loyal ally and appointed
him mayor of Makati shortly after she took office.
His actions since assuming public office however show Binay as a
power-hungry politico who like Marcos puts himself and his family above
country. Like Marcos, Binay also seems to have the same cynical attitude
towards the average Filipino voter who he sees as gullible and easily
Given the disastrous presidencies of Ferdinand Marcos, Joseph Estrada, and
Gloria Arroyo, it is high time Filipinos begin raising the standards for
those vying for the office. While Binay’s acts, as we mention above, are not
against the law, they do not pass the “moral ascendancy” test—to borrow a
phrase bandied about by Filipino Bishops. It appears that Binay is bent on
creating a political dynasty for his clan and has no qualms about bending
the rules to keep himself in power. And those is a very dangerous traits to
have in a Filipino president.
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Our Readers (Topic: Jejomar Binay Should Never Become President of the Philippines)
Name: Jorge Villanueva City/State/Country: Canada IP
This article is not only timely but aptly described what the Binays represent and most especially their main banner, the Maestro of the family and currently the Vice-President of the Philippines. They represent the unabashed picture of corruption at its highest. seeking more glory, power, influence in the pursuit of the ultimate in greed. Now is the critical test for how the country will respond to this
unadulterated challenge to rules, regulations and moral decency.
Name: HMSomeone City/State/Country: USA IP Address: 22.214.171.124
KNOW THIS. Once this guy is elected President he will consider the office as another one of his acquisitions. HE WILL OWN IT AND HE WILL NEVER LET GO! Even another People Power will NOT be enough to dislodge him. Binay is a classic case of a man fighting evil
then succumbing to its will. Somewhere along the way he discovered that evil and greed are more agreeable and appealing than goodness and duty. The man he was fighting, Marcos, became his perfect model. This man personifies the tragedy that is the PHL.
Name: Mandirigma City/State/Country: Canada IP
Thank you for your editorial of VP Binay whom I think is the most unqualified person to become the president of the Philippines next to Estrada.
I did not know of Mr. Binay, until I heard so many unpleasant commentaries about him. 1. Around 1989, I was visiting my friend in Manila and his son told us a story of how Binay came aboard a bus at Edsa after the driver overtook him and cut him off. He said " Hindi mo ba ako kilala?
Ako si Binay ang mayor ng Makati" What an arrogant man who would not let a little issue go by. 2. When Bill Clinton visited Manila, at
the Manila Hotel, the security told Binay to clear the area. Binay said, I happened to be the vice president of the PHL. Why do you think the security mistook him for a bystander?
Name: Sam "Juan" Hill City/State/Country: Hilo Hilo Panay
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
" It appears that Binay is bent on creating a political dynasty for his clan and has no qualms about bending the rules to keep himself in power. " ONLY BECAUSE the voting people allow it! This should be more of an indictment against the Filipino electorates than the "unqualified" candidates!!!
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