“Pinalamon ko po sa kamay ko yan!” was Vice President Jejomar Binay’s dehumanizing description of his “sworn brother” and former vice mayor Ernesto Mercado. “Lamon” means pig-out. “I pig-fed him from my hand” is an ululation of a very rich powerful man, not a champion of the poor.
Politicos and public officials know only too well that there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests.
By Neal H. Cruz
Vice President Jejomar Binay has been accused by his former associates, in their testimonies in the Senate, of using dummies to hide his immense wealth derived from kickbacks from Makati infrastructure projects.
Trust is earned. Jejomar Binay apparently knows this all too well. As a human rights lawyer during the martial law years, he helped many poor litigants obtain justice. And as Makati mayor since 1986, he attended to the needs and problems of his constituents.
The investigation being conducted by the Senate blue ribbon committee into the allegedly grossly overpriced Makati City Hall building 2, which is actually a 6-story car park, may have some political undertones; but this is understandable since the accusers, the accused and the investigators are politicians. But it is very necessary, in order to ferret out the truth, considering that the accused are the incumbent vice president (who may become our next president in 2016), his wife, his two daughters and a son, the incumbent Makati mayor.