By Randy David
We don’t know exactly what prompted embattled Vice President Jejomar Binay to dare Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to face him in a debate. The challenge seems to me to stem more from personal animosity than from any sharp policy difference between them.
I think Vice President Jejomar Binay has wittingly or unwittingly outwitted Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV by challenging the senator to a public debate on the issue the Senate is now proving against the Vice President, which challenge the outspoken senator readily accepted.
Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV and Sen. Nancy Binay both passed the halls of the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), in a manner of speaking.
There he was again, in the middle of rumors of coup attempts. This time, though, he wasn’t the subject of speculation, but the speculator.
Retired general Danilo Lim spoke of “powerful forces” preventing reform from taking root in the Bureau of Customs. How powerful? Enough to dissuade the former Scout Ranger from naming names. Another ex-soldier, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, said he was certain President Aquino knew who the “padrinos” pulling strings in the controversial agency were, and called on the President to name names, too.