Who’s piss is higher… that of a politically naïve, Jun Jun Binay, or that of the veteran, man- of- the-world, former Vice Mayor of Makati Ernesto Mercado? The question is a no brainer. Jun Jun’s piss, paled in comparison with that of Ernesto Mercado’s political sophistication and experienced.
The Binays ruled Makati for 27 years. Entrenched in power this long, and having been successful in dodging corruption cases against them, somehow built on them an aura of invincibility. This transcends into lording it over into their fiefdom of Makati. They can enrich themselves unrestrained based on what the public now gathers in the conduct of the Senate investigation on the alleged overprice of 300% or 2.7 Billion of the Makati City Parking Building.
The pissing contest between Jun Jun Binay and Ernesto Mercado started when lawyer Renato Bondal and Nicholas Enciso filed a plunder case to the Office of the Ombudsman against Jun Jun Binay, the Mayor of Makati and Jejomar Binay, the Vice President.
The Senate got interested on the issue. On the strength of Senate Resolution 826, the sub-committee of the Blue Ribbon Committee conducted its first hearing in aid of legislation on August 20, 2014. Jun Jun Binay, the primary resource person, attended this first hearing.
Several statements of Jun Jun Binay in the hearing gave out his political immaturity. For example, in order to justify the cost of the questioned parking building, he said it is a “world class and green building” with modern amenities. It turned out it couldn’t be classified as such on ocular inspection. He also admitted on questioning of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano: that “maybe the parking building is overpriced”. When asked if he made a comparison of the other building made by the Hillmarc’s Construction Corp to another location to determine if there was an apparent overprice, he said, he didn’t. He reasoned out also he is the last to sign and relied on the recommendation of Bids and Award Committee and on the Commission on Audit’s reports. He claimed further that the plunder charges against them were political. He said, to this effect, that right now, the Vice Mayor elect which belong to the opposition are planning to suspend him and intends on replacing his council by the Vice Mayor’s own men.
Jun Jun Binay has one statement, though, that not only made his piss paled in comparison with that of Ernesto Mercado, but also committed the “the mother of all blunders”. Jun Jun Binay on the hearing, said, to this effect. Why Renato Bondal and Nicholas Enciso didn’t include Ernesto Mercado’s name on the plunder charge filed against them, when he is involved, too. Just because he is their political allies?
Ernesto Mercado was so incensed of the dragging of his name while watching the first hearing at home. On September 13, he appeared on the Winnie Monsod’s TV show “Bawal ang Pasaway” and explained why he was motivated to be a whistle blower…
The successive hearings of the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub Committee virtually became Ernesto Mercado’s forum of his own, “pissing higher and higher”, bombarding the Binays of allegation after allegation.
Many wonder why the Binays seem adamant to see Ernesto Mercado’s calibrated “piss” at the Senate hearing. True, for now, it dented somewhat on Jejomar Binay’s trust rating on the survey, but his detractors may have to sustain that momentum till the election period without leaving a gap. Likewise, they have to supplement that of serious campaign down to the grass root level matching the Binay’s resources. Because if not, and if no one appears as a palatable and viable contender, as what Sen Trillanes had said, the Philippines would have a thief as Philippine President.