After an unceasing salvo of attack on his reputation, the once high flying Jejomar “Jojo” Binay is not in a downward spiral in the popularity contest. Binay is losing allies and supporters as days go by. One by one, political opportunism made the country’s top politicians and political dynasties to distance themselves from the ugly duckling.
But in the Philippines, Binay’s forsaken image could actually be his silver bullet to win the electoral race. It is in this country, where being tagged as corrupt, accused of plunder, overpricing and abuse of authority places one in the winner’s table. Why? Because there are a lot of politicians and warlords who are also being tagged as corrupt, accused of plunder, overpricing and abuse of authority. These people who are in a similar bind as Binay could help each other reach a common goal: be cleared of the charges against them – either by hook or by crook. If this happens, tuloy ang ligaya! (the happiness continues!).
If only Binay can harness the so-called Legion of Doom (or at least those politicians who have pending graft charges at the Ombudsman or Sandiganbayan and promise them “justice from political harassment” during his administration.
This “His enemy is my friend” strategy can deliver the votes for Binay if we are going to consider that around 15 million votes to bag the Presidency (President Benigno “Pnoy” Aquino III only got around that number in 2010) and that this can be easily provided by troubled “villains” in the vote rich provinces.
Let us start with the two former Presidents who really hate President Benigno C. Aquino : Joseph “Erap” Estrada (for disgracing his Senator son Jinggoy Estrada) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (who up to know is on hospital arrest). No wonder Binay has allied himself with these two political heavyweights at this crucial time. ERAP and GMA undoubtedly had invincible political machineries during their prime, the Lakas Kampi and the PMP. Even if their political power has weakened considerably, about 20% of it remains (the so-called ERAP and GMA loyalists). Also count the politicians who took advantage during their administrations and are now being prosecuted, the members of government including the armed services and the judiciary who were appointed by these two past presidents, these are vital sources of support.
Likewise, If Binay has to court equally controversial politicians (also having graft cases) all he should do is target those who comes from the vote rich provinces:
Cebu (2.5 million voters) – Governor Gwen Garcia has a graft case for the irregular acquisition of the 1 billion pesos Balili Estate;
Cavite (1.7 million voters) – Senator Bong Revilla is in the same boat as Jinggoy so any benefit that the latter gets the former also receives;
Pangasinan (1.6 million voters) Governor Amado Espino has a graft case for blacksand mining;
Negros Occidental (1.5 million voters) Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano has a graft case for illegal purchase of diesel fuel;
Laguna (1.5 million voters) Aside from the fact that Gov. E.R. Ejercito was unceremoniously unseated, Mayor Guera of Majayjay town was recently indicted for graft;
Bulacan (1.49 million voters)- Governor Sy has been charged with graft for illegal procurement of medicines and materials worth over a billion pesos;
Davao del Sur (1.49 million voters) – Congressman Marc Cagas has been indicted for the PDAF scam;
Batangas (1.4 million voters) – Mayor Meynard Sabili of Lipa City was indicted for alleged landgrabbing while Lemery Mayor Raul Bedana is charged with graft for illegal procurement of computers;
Rizal (1.3 million voters) – Pililia Mayor Leandro Masikip is charged with graft in connection with a road project;
Nueva Ecija (1.3 million voters)– Governor is charged for graft in connection with the PDAF Scam.
Iloilo ( 1.27 million voters) – Governor Neil Tupas and City Mayor Jed Mabilo have their troubles with the Ombudsman.
Pampaga ( 1.23 million voters) – Pampanga has and always been GMA country. Freeing her from her hospital jail will surely be a good thing for her Kabalens.
And there are ton of others who just want to be spared from the claws of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
Hala kayo…mananalo pa yata si Negro!