First, they are this century’s version of the Marcoses. And before you violently react, remember that the Marcoses are credited with this country’s epic advancement in the 70s and 80s that continues to benefit the Filipinos up to this very date: the LRT, the PICC, the San Juanico Bridge, the Manila International Airport, Film Center, the South Superhiway and the Magallanes interchage. Yes, the Marcoses were accused of robbing the Filipinos blind but nothing has really been proven. Just like the Marcos family, the Binay family has turned Makati City from a so-so financial district in the 1980s into a megalopolis that it is today. And it is sad but true, nothing of the dozens of graft accusations against them have been proven in court.
Second, the Binays’ political feat is the crystal clear proof that any ordinary man can make it big in the political arena. It can be recalled that Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay was once a dirt poor MABINI lawyer who cannot even show up in court wearing a decent barong. It was his participation in the anti-Marcos movement in the late 1980s that put him in the graces of then political superstar Corazon Aquino. From his appointment as OIC-Mayor of Makati City after the EDSA revolution, Jojo did not look back and Makati never again tasted any other political stew but the Binays.
Third, the Binays strengthen our claim on the disputed Spratly’s islands. Otherwise stated, the often ridiculed dark-skinned and short politician is a reminder that way before the Malays, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Chinese landed on these shores, there were little dark-skinned negritos who inhabited these islands. Now that is a way better argument than the UNCLOS.
Fourth, Jejomar Binay and his daughter Senator Nancy are your typical teleserye protagonists portrayed as poor, oppressed and persecuted by rich hacienderos (choose you pick, President Pnoy Cojuangco Aquino or Mar Araneta Roxas). In the upcoming fight for Presidency, Jojo Binay is surely going to portray himself as this character. On the other hand, Senator Nancy who is jokingly mistaken as a “housemaid” can be perfect substitute to TV heroine Judy Ann Santos. Do you think the TV soap opera-crazy Filipinos will hate likeable telenovela characters like Jojo the Hampaslupa who can easily pass Lisa Soberano’s long lost father in the continuation of hit soap Forevermore and Yaya Nancy as Marimar’s negro housemaid?
Fifth, Jojo Binay is just magnanimous like the legendary “Da King” or Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ). Just like how FPJ championed the causes of the lowly people – extras, stuntmen and kontrabidas, the Binays resurrected the careers of political baddies like Toby Tiangco, Atty. JV Bautista, and even those of his rivals – Atty. Renato Bondal and former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado. With the rate the Binays are giving these nobodies job opportunities, they might be able to solve the country’s unemployment problem.
Sixth, Binays invested in environmental-friendly endeavours like operating flower shops, orchidariiums, and air-conditioned piggeries. They also have cake and catering businesses that feed the Makati’s poor and senior citizens. They are not like other political families who are into destructive activities like mining or quarrying and oppressive labor intensive businesses like sugar haciendas.
Seventh, the Binays have good taste. Just look at Mayor Jun-jun’s taste in women: his first wife (bless her soul) was an actress and that he was romantically entangled with the Queen of Multi-media Kris Aquino (another fine lady i should say), Look at his Dad Jojo – aside from having a pretty lady doctor as his lifetime partner, he is allegedly been with a bevy of beauties.
Eight, the Binays assure the country of political stability. In the absence of an anti-dynasty law and proliferation of political families with good for nothing offsprings, it is undeniable that the Binays who have three political heirs – a city mayor (in his mid-30s), a Senator (in her early 30s) and a Congressman (who is in her late 20s) offers the country political continuity at least of the next 30 years. Now, that is good for business and foreign investment!
Ninth, support for Binay means support against traditional politics and political adventurism. If it is proven that all the accusations against the Binays are false and fabricated by its political enemies, what does that make of Senators Trillanes, Pimentel and Cayetano? Trillanes will be unmasked as his usual self – a coward pseudo military hero/adventurist preying on the follies of others for selfish political ends (Isn’t he is running for VP now?). Cayetano and Pimentel who both belong to families with multiple members currently holding elected or appointed posts are nothing but politicking traditional politicians (TRAPOs). If these Blue Ribbon members are wasting the people’s money and time for political persecution and self-interest, they are no better than the victim of their evil schemes.
Tenth, c’mon if not for Jojo Binay, there will be no President Pnoy Aquino today. Most people may have forgotten that if not for the Rambo-like rescue by a fully-armed, dressed to kill “Rambotito” Binay, the military rebels could have overrun Malacanang Palace and snuffed out the life out of the Aquino family during the 1987 coup (Pnoy was nearly-killed after he was ambushed near Malacanang Palace by the advancing rebel soldiers). During the protests against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, wasn’t it only at Binay’s Makati City where Tita Cory and her minions can hold their rallies without being violently dispersed? So why doesn’t Pnoy show some gratitude? Between his pet dog Mar Roxas and erstwhile ally and protector Binay, who does he think will protect his and his family’s interests when he steps down. Jojo Binay has proven several times over that he is yellow as Cory yellow can be. Why is this set aside over a few billion pesos?