By Raïssa Robles
Some were surprised to see Vice-President Jejomar Binay on the same side of the political fence as President Benigno Aquino III in trying to prosecute ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for electoral sabotage.
Has Binay forgotten that just a month ago, Aquino embarrassed him publicly by announcing his rejection of Binay’s recommendation to bury Marcos with military honors in Ilocos Norte?
From the start, their relations had been awkward. PNoy made it publicly known that he had preferred his running mate Mar Roxas to have won the vice-presidency.
In the surreal world of politics – not just Philippine politics – anything goes.
In this case, however, Binay has even more at stake than Aquino.
The electoral sabotage case filed against Mrs Arroyo is partly the result of a crusade by Senator Koko Pimentel of PDP-Laban Party. Binay chairs PDP-Laban Party.
With the resignation of Miguel Zubiri from the Senate last August and his replacement by Pimentel, there are now two PDP-Laban members there – the first being Senator Sergio Osmeña III.
In this judicial and political fight against the Arroyo couple, Binay is not likely to abandon Aquino because that would be tanamount to abandoning Senator Koko and his father – PDP-Laban co-founder and former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
This is also Binay’s chance to make it up to his presidential running mate, Joseph Estrada.
Estrada is determined to see Arroyo given the same dignity and respect she had accorded him when he was arrested, detained and put on trial.
Because of this, you can probably see the two factions inside Malacañang Palace, identified with Trade Secretary Mar Roxas and Binay, moving as one on the Arroyo case.
Wonder how long the truce will last between the two factions, though :)