Survey results showing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s slide into second place amongst 2016 presidential candidates recently grabbed banner headlines of administration-friendly broadsheets, as if to solidify the notion that the VP’s wide base of support is finally crumbling.
This notion however was immediately put in difficulty when contradicting results from another national survey, showing that the Vice President was chosen by respondents as the most trusted government official, was published in news reports.
The previous survey results mentioned were primarily anchored on the alleged public disgust at the VP, resulting from the hyped exposes captured during the past Senate hearings. But as shown by the latter survey result which identified VP Binay as the most trusted government official, in my opinion, just underscores the reality that the public’s awareness that the Senate “revelations” were nothing more than being part of the tremendous effort of the current administration to vilify the VP to ease him out of the 2016 presidential race and allow the administration candidate a better chance of winning.
In a previous article, I tackled the issue of the alleged overpricing of the facilities being leveled on the VP and his family members who have also served and continue to serve, earnestly, the interests of the people of Makati. As I have already stated, there is a big difference between “expensive” and “overpriced”. The issue of corruption against the VP is anchored on the fact that public structures built in Makati City are much more expensive than most other public school buildings. As I also underscored then, this should be placed within the context that Makati City is the central business district in the entire NCR, and therefore you cannot expect a standard school or hospital. While the buildings are expensive relative to, say, counterpart buildings in our provinces, they are miles apart in terms of the amenities of these facilities.
The Makati public school in question is equipped with the latest chemistry and computer science laboratories that are at par with those of our best private schools. Going by the principle that you are getting what you are paying for, certainly these facilities along with the equipment that have been acquired was not and cannot be bought with chump change.
Surely our people understand the difference particularly the thousands of families that have children enrolled in these schools who are being afforded quality education which even mid-income families in other cities and municipalities cannot even hope to acquire for their children.
The people are seeing through this administrations selective justice, and how its political machinery is running overtime to demolish and assassinate the indomitable character of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who even now, continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of our people. For whatever it’s worth, they say the actual test of the pudding is in the eating. During the 2010 elections, all the surveys painted the VP as a losing candidate. All these surveys and “trending” were blown out of the water when the actual poll results were tallied showing the VP besting all those who were supposedly on top of the survey polls. I am quite confident as are the many supporters of the VP, that come 2016, history will repeat itself.