Is there a Binay-Marcos alliance shaping up?
By Raïssa Robles
But full military honors for a Commander-in-Chief who turned sections of the military into torture machines that killed and maimed thousands of Filipinos whose only crime was to oppose his rotten, greedy dictatorship?
Hell, no way!
The decision of Vice-President Jejomar Binay to recommend “full military honors” for a man who consistently lands in the TOP 10 of the world’s most despised and greediest leaders is astounding.
It is also totally disappointing, coming from a man who wants to be President of the Philippines someday. But totally understandable, coming from a man lusting for the presidency.
Why Binay totally disappoints
From one side of his mouth, Binay tells the Filipino people that Marcos does not deserve to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). From the other side of his mouth, Binay tells the same Filipino people that Marcos needs to be honored by the nation, especially by the Philippine military, for his exploits during the Second World War (although these have been seriously questioned from many quarters) and for his deeds as Commander-in-Chief – a position he illegally occupied for 14 years from 1972 to 1986.
This is a slap on the faces of those military men who really died for their country or committed real acts of heroism.
A respected Filipino war historian, Dr. Ricardo Trota Jose, recently told me in an extensive interviews that most of Marcos’ locally-awarded war medals were highly suspicious.
With this recommendation, Binay has just shown to Filipinos what kind of President he could become someday, if voted into that office. Binay sees nothing really wrong with what Marcos did. He could even outdo Marcos. He has already started his own dynasty and his wealth has grown by leaps and bounds even though he has always been in government service.
Is this Binay’s way of thanking the Marcoses for helping him win in Ilocos Norte?
I wonder if there was a quid pro quo between Binay and the Marcoses: They would ensure his win in Ilocos Norte as Vice-President and in exchange, he would try to get their father honored in a big way.
You see, Binay pulled off a very surprising thing in Ilocos Norte – the bailiwick of the Marcoses. He won by a landslide there – with 120,853 votes. He won even more votes there than former President Joseph Estrada did, even though Estrada and the Marcoses go back a long, long way. Estrada won only 91,565 votes in Ilocos.
Binay, in fact, opposed Marcos. He was briefly put in jail by Marcos because he was lawyering for those fighting the dictatorship.
Look at Binay’s votes, according to the official canvass of Congress:
And look at Estrada’s votes, according to the official canvass of Congress:
How did Binay manage to get 30,000 more votes than Estrada? Did he DROP Estrada? Is that why Estrada FORGOT to vote for him on his ballot last election day?
Is there a Binay-Marcos alliance shaping up? Hmmm. Binay for President, Senator Bongbong Marcos for Vice-President? Binay with his cunning, the Marcoses with their unsequestered billions?
Two months ago, I wrote a piece entitled Why the Marcoses want Ferdinand buried a hero. I said this was obviously part of a grand plan by the Marcoses to launch Senator Bongbong Marcos’ 2016 bid for the presidency.
Senator Marcos answered me on Twitter and said “Thanks, but no thanks” because he would have to give up life with his family which he enjoys. But that kind of explanation in no way rules out his running for higher office. Besides, his mommy wants him to.
Pairing with Binay could let him have his cake and eat it too. I’m not endorsing him. Just seeing the possibility which I’m sure has crossed the Marcoses’ minds.
As for Binay, there’s a very apt Filipino slang phrase to describe Binay – atat na atat na maging presidente.
Binay has insisted on holding office at the Coconut Palace. Is it because Binay wants to be able to say that he,too, is staying at the Palace?
Once Binay stays at the Coconut Palace, the public may well start calling it the House of Monkey Business.