Aquino sisters and Binay

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


“My sisters and I have been talking about it and we say that if this can bring about peace and will continue what Noy has started, why not?”
--Presidential sister Kris Aquino

MOVIE-TV star Kris Aquino, in a TV show, was reacting to the news that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) might adopt the opposition’s Jejomar Binay as presidential candidate in 2016.

Her sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, in a news interview, said she wanted peace and was grateful if the nation “would unite to improve our country and the lives of our people.”

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The four Aquino sisters this early seem to be casting their lot with the VP even though their brod, president Noynoy, is LP titular head who owes a ton to presumptive candidate Mar Roxas.

The sisters’ stand may be naively unrealistic: the LP adopting Binay as standard bearer is “not impossible,” as Binay said, but chances are as slim as P-Noy growing some hair again.

LPs wouldn’t hear of it; they have Roxas or someone else from its ranks. Opposition UNA would howl; it could recycle Erap Estrada who almost became president in 2010 and won the Manila mayor’s seat in 2013.

The sisters sound simplistic and engaged in wishful thinking but Binay, with the traditional politico’s acumen, displays opportunism and capacity to dump party interest and party-mates’ sentiment.

Safety net

The sisters, along with P-Noy, may not be utterly selfless: they may be setting up a safety net for their sibling after his exit.

Which one is it: the wish for P-Noy’s programs to continue under a new regime or the fear of a hostile if not vengeful successor of the president?

Maybe both.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 11, 2014.

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