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.
By Amando Doronila
In his effort to bring his case directly to the people, Vice President Jejomar Binay has embarked on grassroots barnstorming to mobilize people power against institutional processes investigating corruption allegations laid against him in the Senate.
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.”
By Mart del Rosario
Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay has a strange strategy to quell the raging brouhaha about the stupendously overpriced Makati City Hall (aka parking) Building II and about the regal country villa sitting on a 350-hectare farm that also quarters a state-of-the-art piggery, race-horse ranch, orchid plantation, etc., which his family allegedly owns: Simply dismiss the accusations as nothing more than a pure political demolition job being perpetrated by a cabal out to make him “damaged goods” as a contender, let alone as the frontrunner, in the 2016 presidential race.
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.