Presidency and destiny

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Monday, March 24, 2014


FROM the day he won the vice-presidency in the 2010 national elections, Vice-President Jejomar Binay had been casting a moist eye on the presidency.

To be president of this country is a legitimate aspiration. But to announce one’s ambition at a time when the country is still reeling from the impact of tremendous national problems due to natural and man-made calamities, with the elections still two and a half years away, is not a propitious timing.

To an ambitious politician, however, nothing can prevent him from announcing his strategic plans.

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From the day he became vice-president, Binay has been walking on a tight rope making people wonder whether he is with the administration or with the opposition. He would not fight frontally a highly popular president but secretly allows his UNA spokesman to openly attack President Aquino and the government.

Binay adopts the Machiavellian tactic of trying to confuse his enemies. He observes the sacrament of silence on whether he is for or against the prosecution of senators for their misuse and abuse of the pork barrel and their association with Janet Lim Napoles.

He is a political chameleon and is fast in changing colors to suit present
circumstances.

As a human rights lawyer and outside of the corridors of power during martial law, he used to attack the Marcos-Romualdez dynasties. But after having a son as Makati mayor, a daughter who is a congresswoman, and another daughter in the Senate, he now makes a 360-degree somersault and tries to justify and glorify political dynasties.

Binay recently announced the formation of a new political party to be launched on June 12, 2014 to formally set in motion his drive for the presidency.

He announced his recruits among them the leader of UNA like Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia and part-time congressman and full-time boxer Manny Pacquiao.

As a vice-president who is a heartbeat away from the presidency, Binay is cocksure of
getting the top post at all costs.

Binay must moderate his desires and not be so obsessed with power because the presidency is destiny. Ninoy Aquino, Serging Osmeña, and Gerry Roxas, with all their popularity and political brilliance never became presidents.

Cory Aquino and Noynoy Aquino never dreamed of becoming president but they got the highest office of the land within the gift of the Filipino people.

If history is our guide, many vice-presidents did not become president of this Republic. We remember Emmanuel Pelaez, Fernando Lopez, Salvador Laurel and Noli de Castro.

Maybe Binay can make it. But with his family record and the arrogance of his mayor-son (“Don’t you know me, the Mayor of Makati?”) and his alliances with questionable characters, many people pray he would fail in his presidential obsession.--Democrito C. Barcenas

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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