The Early Favorites in Two Presidential Campaigns
and their Parallel Political Lives
Their life stories had similar "rags to riches" themes.
They were both political heavyweights.
They were presidents of the dominant opposition parties.
Election analysts had proclaimed Vice President Binay as the frontrunner for the 2016 elections. Analysts made the same prediction about former Senate President/Speaker Villar before the 2010 polls.
Villar was the undisputed front-runner in 2009.
What happened to Manny Villar's candidacy in 2010?
"One week is too long in politics. Just look back at our recent political history and you will see the changes in the fortunes of the candidates in a week or a month's time. " Senate President DrilonThe Myth of Binay's Invisibility
EQ Prediction: Binay will suffer the same fate as Manny Villar.
"We just got our numbers. We are very confident that the Vice President maintains his lead. The Vice President maintains the trust of the people." Remulla, Binay spokesman, September 2014
“Vice President Binay accepts with gratitude and humility the survey results where 41 percent of our people consider him their top choice for president,” Vice Presidential spokesperson Joey Salgado said in a statement. July 2014
The Truth: Binay is losing momentum! He is no longer the undisputed poll ratings leader.
EQ Prediction: No matter what the "proclaimed tickets" will be, Jojo Binay and Chiz Escudero will maneuver for a "Bi-Chiz" in Malacanang!
“Clearly though, Grace Poe's entry into the race will benefit Mr. Binay, as she and Mr. Roxas will split the votes of those supportive of the administration.
To date, she remains noncommittal about her plans and with legal issues raised about her citizenship/residency eligibility, her decision may well depend on her assessment of vulnerability to disqualification down the road.” New York-based think tank Global Source.
to realize how troubled this world is.”
The man is a politician’s politician, apparently cold-blooded and ruthless in pursuit of his interests. After Estrada’s ouster, he was among a cabal of young congressmen who engineered the near-impeachment of then Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. on the feeblest of grounds. In the 2010 presidential election, he initially declared support for the Aquino-Roxas tandem but eventually campaigned for Binay as VP. He has been credited for Binay’s upset win. Now he and Binay are no longer on good terms, because he has once again jumped fences and latched on to someone who has made a dent in the public consciousness.Inquirer Editorial
"Ang Bise Presidente Ko May Paninindigan!
CHIZWhen Sen. Francis Escudero came out in the nick of time batting for then vice presidential aspirant Jejomar Binay in 2010, he probably did not realize what nightmare he was going to inflict upon the entire nation. Thanks to him, Binay is now entrenched so deeply it would take a gigantic backhoe to remove him from the political landscape.
Did Escudero have no inkling whatsoever at that time about the kleptocracy that was going on in Makati City in the hands of the Binay dynasty? Did he not even wonder how their “from rags to super riches” life story ever came about? Did he not know that honest-to-goodness public service never made anyone a multimillionaire, let alone a billionaire? How naïve could he be?
Escudero, of course, has had a change of heart (no pun intended). He was pissed off that the Vice President kept skirting the issues about corruption, currently the subject of an ongoing investigation in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee. Seemingly surprised, he asked, “Where’s fighting ‘Rambotito’ with Uzi?” (“Front Page,” 10/11/14), bewildered by Binay’s “clamming up” in the face of “mounting charges of corruption against him.” Binay was called Rambotito (even clad in fatigues!) since he seemed like one to stand his ground no matter what the odds were. So, why was he slinking away from the Senate probe like a coward?
“Binay shouldn’t hide behind bank secrecy law,” Escudero said more recently (Inquirer.net, 5/13/15). Well, to one of our favorite senators, we say: Too little, too late! A snow flake has a better chance in the Sahara desert than any hope that Binay would ever come clean! It’s now full-speed ahead for the man whose ambitions and avarice know no bounds, and damn the torpedoes! He has become an irresistible force—not even 10 Grace Poes can stop him from occupying Malacañang come 2016! And yes, we have joined the ranks of critics who are blaming Escudero for that. The guy who many believed was trustworthy is, alas, such a poor judge of character!—CHIN CHIN KATIGBAK, email@example.com
"As a background, I think it is useful for your readers to know my relationship with Francis “Chiz” Escudero. As many of you may remember, his late father and I were both in the Cabinet of President Ferdinand Marcos. " Roberto Ongpin . From INQUIRER
EQ Prediction: The Godfather will play a major role in the Bi-Chiz Mixed Ticket!Grace Poe:Can you see the BIG Picture? The EQ Post
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In his latest testimony, former Makati Vice Mayor Mercado said the Vice President could have gotten P651 million from the deal which entailed the development of a prime property in Makati City.
Mercado has alleged that Binay’s kickbacks were coursed through Noble Care Management Corp., a company owned by Alphaland President Mario Oreta. Oreta, who was at the hearing, denied the former vice mayor’s claims.
“Ang kickback ni VP Binay mula sa Alphaland share ay maglalaro sa P133 million sa presyong P15 per share hanggang P551 million sa presyong P62 per share,” said the former vice mayor.
On top of that, Mercado has alleged that Binay got P100 million from a “loan” that Alphaland gave Noble Care but later condoned.
“Kung idagdag po natin ang kino-condone na P100.4 million loan, ang kickback po ay aabot mula P200 million hanggang P651 million at yan po ay naka submit sa SEC base sa disclosure na sinasubmit ng Alphaland,” Mercado added.
But Aphaland owner Roberto Ongpin, who was also present at the hearing, strongly denied Mercado’s allegations, saying Mercado’s figures were all meaningless and mere assertions.
“For the life of me, I simply could not understand why all of these figures are being flashed on the screen and quite frankly, they mean nothing. They are just numbers and they are just assertions,” Ongpin told the committee.
“Finally, we repeat in the strongest possible terms that there’s nothing irregular or underhanded in the Alphaland-Boy Scouts deal. Everything was and is above board as the Boy Scouts executives or management have themselves said here today,” he added. From Inquirer