Binay, true to form, lambasted former friend Pnoy and his administration. Nothing surprising. We’re in the political season already. Every politician would jockey for position just before the filing of COCs and going into the campaign period where the campaigns and materiel will be relegated. Right now it’s fair game.
I was having my physical therapy while listening to the TSONA. Without the benefit of a pen and paper to jot down vital details of Binary’s speech, I will just be recalling from the top of my balding head. He repeatedly said manhid and palpak. Yes, that’s true in a lot of cases. But wasn’t he a part of it for the past 5 years? While before he used to applaud Pnoy and even complement him on his programs, why has he suddenly been the meanest and worst president in history?
He too pointed out that a lot of the programs of Pnoy emanated from the previous administration. True. It’s not a surprise since most of the Hyatt 10 who worked for GMA has moved on to Pnoy’s cabinet. That Pnoy did not acknowledge GMA for the programs that Pnoy adopted is a case of billing problem. It would be nice that Pnoy should have done so. But it smacks of childish jealousy for Binay to have to point that out. Like I said, like in the movies, the issue of billing is of primordial importance to superstars. Micheal Douglas should be first then Al Pacino, that sort of billing.
“Buhay pa naman kayo di, ba?!” I remember Pnoy saying this to a businessman who was insistent on the president to provide and establish better security in Tacloban. But he never said this to refer to the starving and dying populace of Tacloban. Saying this to that businessman may mean that he is saying it to people in similar circumstances. But definitely not to all the rest. The point to that statement was that Pnoy had other pressing concerns to address than to be held up by the businesses complaints on security. Was it wrong for Pnoy to have said that? Yes of course! But to say that Pnoy meant it for the rest of Tacloban is just plain inaccurate or worse, malicious.
That video that showed Mar asking for a letter from the LGU of Tacloban. Binay included it in his speech. Binay said that Mar withheld help if the letter was not signed and sent to him or Malacanang because the mayor is a “Romualdez and the president is an Aquino”. Help was already ongoing by that time. Heck, Mar and Gazmin even picked up Mayor Romualdez after they chanced upon him in the streets walking, wet, tired and looking for his family. Why Mar wanted that letter in the first place could be because of a number of reasons. For one, it could be to lay out boundaries in accounting procedures for auditing purposes. When the national government repairs an LGU facility, who does the liquidation? The LGU or the DILG? This can be a source wrinkle later on when one liquidates certain projects done by the other. And since one is a Romualdez and the other an Aquino, this might become a controversy later. I’m just hypothesising here. Now was it prudent on the part of Mar to have endeavoured to asked for that document? Probably yes. Could it have waited for a few more days? Definitely! Was it insensitive of him? Yes it sure was! But did he withhold help due to the absence of the letter as what Binay has claimed in his TSONA? I didn’t think so. Admittedly however, the help that national government was able to deliver was just way too mediocre. Now that’s another issue altogether.
He pointed out that the growth of the economy only benefitted a few. I waited with baited breath for him to elaborate on the “few”. Alas, he stopped short of naming them. For doing so would violate his right to self incrimination. I’m just being funny here.
He mentioned the PDAF and DAP. He had those pork barrel funds himself before the SC ruling came out. To his credit, he gave it up after the SC ruled on it. So what does that say? That it was ok until someone finds out about it then you declare and disown it? At least the president was forthright in defending it even after the SC came out with a negative decision on the matter. The former is hypocrisy, the latter is integrity or maybe just being plain stubborn.
And of course, he mentioned the SAF 44. He enumerated all the 44 names, exalted them, thanked them and gave a snappy salute. Well played. He was on the dot when he said that Pnoy did not bother mentioning him in his SONA. Shame on you Pnoy for not having done so.
But even more so to you Binay for using the death of the SAF44 to advance your political agenda. You could have just mentioned their plight then went on your way, but you had to enumerate their names in such a solemn-like fashion and milked it for all its dramatic value to underscore your concern and sympathy and the lack of it by Pnoy and his admin. All that was missing was the playing of TAPS.
When he said that Pnoys Sona was full of finger pointing to the GMA’s admin, he was exactly the same to Pnoy. The worse part is that he was part of it for the most part of his term and until the last few days before his resignation and was even publicly yearning for his endorsement. He sounded like a jilted lover. Hell hath no fury like a Binay scorned!
Now let’s see in the next few days how his TSONA fared. Will it be a success or a fluke. And for his sake, he’s got to have a success after having numerous flops.
Sa pagbatikos at panunumbat ni Pnoy kay Binay…tatlong daliri naman ang nakaturo sa kanya. Now replace Pnoy with Binay and vice versa. Rings true, right?!