THE 2010 :ELECTORAL PROTEST
FROM PHILIPPINE STAR:
In his protest filed in July 2010, Roxas alleged that election results used for Binay’s proclamation did not reflect actual votes due to what he described as “anomalously high incidence” of null and misread votes in the certificates of canvass in all precincts nationwide especially in his bailiwicks, Regions 6, 7 and Caraga.
Roxas believes that he should have won the election if only the Comelec counted the null votes, which supposedly largely belong to him and would have made him overtake the final 727,084-vote advantage of Binay.
But Binay, in his answer, said that his camp has documented null votes in the automated polls and found that they were the lowest compared to the 2004 and 2007 polls.
1) THE UNA NO. 1 Musketeer
MANILA, Philippines—The writing on the wall is clear: Vice President Jejomar Binay is the one, true king of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and should now take leadership.
“Jojo (Binay) has been deferring a lot to the two other partners (Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada) in his coalition. He should take the sole leadership at this time,” said Sen. Sergio Osmeña III. “The Three Kings image was not effective except media kept on playing it up and placed Jojo in a corner.”
Binay’s daughter, a housewife who was running purely on the family name, had a solid showing while Estrada’s son, San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito, barely made it to the Top 12 and Enrile’s son, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, has been losing badly.
Osmeña was not suggesting that Binay ditch Estrada and his other allies. “He will always want, need and deserve the support of President Erap,” said Osmeña.
Sen. Vicente Sotto III said that Binay should “rethink” the coalition and make it his own team going into the 2016 elections where he has set his sights on the presidency.
Sotto said that Binay proved that he was a good vote-getter. His daughter, Nancy, placed a strong fifth in the tightly fought race despite being lambasted in traditional and social media for her lack of experience and aversion to public debates.
2) The Vice President Position
As Vice President of the Republic, Binay may be the frontrunner now. He can use all the resources of his position to project a "presidential" image in the next three years.
1) The Binay Family Dynasty Issue:
MANILA – Addressing a crowd of supporters in his hometown Makati on Wednesday, Vice President Jejomar Binay defended his family against criticisms that they are a political dynasty.
Binay, who has three children running for various positions in the 2013 elections, said at the proclamation rally of the United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) local candidates in Makati that it is not necessarily wrong to form a dynasty.
"Sa isang malinis at marangal na halalan, bakit naman hindi? Tutal tao naman ang bumoboto," he said.
Aside from Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who's seeking reelection, other Binays running for office are Makati Rep. Abegail Binay and senatorial candidate Nancy Binay.
In an interview, Mayor Binay made the same point as his father's.
"Yes, we're a dynasty. We're a dynasty of service," he said.
2) Binay's Trapo Image
Q.What do Marcos, Arroyo, Erap and Binay have in common?
How would you describe a 'trapo' in Philippine politics?
Diony Yap, Bacolod City: Trapo is short for traditional politician. Too much politics makes them stink like soiled basahan, thus the label.
Norberto Robles, Taguig: A trapo is a pragmatist who goes along with the ways and realities of Philippine politics.
It connotes filth
L.C. Fiel, Quezon City: It evolved from “traditional politician,” to “tradpol,” then finally to “trapo,” which now connotes filth. Consider all the dirt that sticks to the pamunas or trapo.
William Gonzaga, Marikina City: Trapo is now a dirty connotation of everything undesirable ascribed to a politician. Lying, cheating and stealing are usual tools of politicians to win and stay in power. Thus, we tend to have no choice but to vote the lesser evil as all bets seem to have the same character traits and the same predilection for malfeasance and misgovernance once in power.