Everyone beware: If a VIP and his backup guards are on the road, it’s your duty to recognize that there’s a VIP nearby and it’s your obligation to get out of his way. If you fail, it’s your fault. The VIP’s vehicle is entitled to muscle you off the road, and the bodyguards are empowered to draw their firearms just in case you didn’t get the message the first time around.
For most ordinary folk, the fate of old buildings is of little concern.
So Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV have agreed, more or less, to a debate. We hope the event will proceed as planned, not so much because we think the exchange will provide answers to a waiting public as because it will sharpen the questions already popping up in the public’s mind. But recent remarks of the spokesperson representing the opposition party that Binay leads suggest that the Vice President, a veteran lawyer and a seasoned politician who has the reputation of never backing down from a challenge, may be looking for a way out of this one.
It has been said that in the Philippines, every single law, regulation, directive or ordinance presents an opportunity for someone somewhere to make money, directly or indirectly, legally or otherwise. This observation has made itself painfully felt in real world, specifically in the Port of Manila, the main transshipment point of goods to and from this country.
Each adult member of the Binay family is a millionaire several times over, and judging by their financial statements both Vice President Jejomar Binay and his wife are dramatically successful business investors, but apparently none of this means anything. For Binay, he is not rich, but someone who comes “from a poor family”; he does not own profitable businesses or million-peso properties, but is merely someone who “grew up poor.”