The Hollow and Worn-Out Show


Since winning the Vice Presidency in 2010, and declaring his intention to run for President in 2016, Vice President Jejomar Binay had coasted the people along to his vaudeville show, which either bordered on downright farce  comedy or incensed people of Binay’s outright duplicity. 

The Binay’s vaudeville troupe is consisted of his PR gang: two of them, his attacked dogs with unsavory characters, Toby Tiangco and JV Bautista, reminiscent of the Max Alvarado and Paquito Diaz tandem of the 70’s movie thugs. The other PR work behind the scenes, and judging the sentiments of people’s reaction, they mapped out deflection strategies to do damage control created by the attacked dogs, which more often than not, is beyond repair. That has become the source of the comedy of error. Also, part of the troupe is the Binay sisters: Abi and Nancy. They usually spouted off out of context pronouncement, which were laughable, and perhaps they can best showed their talents as a stand-up comic, rather than a Congresswoman or a Senator.

Not the least, of course, is the Vice President himself, the star of the vaudeville show: The “Chiquito” version of the Philippines Politics. Chiquito was a comic actor of the 70’s movie era. Binay has that striking resemblance of Chiquito, as they both have a brownish burnt skin. And judging from Binay’s pictures littered daily at the media outlets, which showcased his facial features in his ugliest profile , especially in Facebook, the baby boom generation would have a distinct reminder of the funny antics of Quiquito in his 70s movies.

When Toby Tiangco and JV Bautista gatecrashed at one of the Senate hearings on Binay’s corruption charges impersonating the thuggery tactics Max Alvarado and Paquito Diaz in movies, it produced a fish out of water scenes. Funny, but it pissed off everybody. When Nancy Binay expressed her desire proposing a bill allowing personalities convicted of plunder to be is hospital or house arrest, it sounded ironically funny because that seems to be in preparation for his father’s oncoming conviction of plunder. Evan Demata, a YouTube video producer, released a video on Facebook detailing the drama of Binay challenging Sen. Trillanes to a debate. It was a hilarious rendition of Binay’s back outs. The videographer, characterized the back outs like a baseball reduced to a fish ball, or, as he termed it in Tagalog , “umurung ang bayag”.

The incongruences of all these sustained the people’s need of ironic comic relief. In the same vein, the Binays vaudeville show gets the people’s blood boiled hot.

When Binay opted out of P’Noy’s cabinet sensing he couldn’t get P’Noy’s endorsement, and as he was dislodged by Sen. Grace Poe in the number one spot of the latest survey of presidential wannabes, he fumed out his misgivings against the Aquino Government where he belong for five years. His misgivings were answered: P’Noy said to this effect,” you’d been with us for five years, why only now you rant those issues. Binay denied being silent. He retorted the instances where he said, he wanted to help. One example he gave was the case of the Zamboanga Siege on September 2013.

This incensed the people of Binay’s duplicity. People knew of his motivation why he wanted to mess around with the Zamboanga Siege at the time. It was to push his “Epal” principles, which he thought was successful in Makati. He wanted to earn brownie points to deodorize himself eyeing the next presidency. One could imagine if P’Noy allowed him to have a role on that problem. Nur Misuari could not have been neutralized and could have been sown havoc, and might even put to stop the Bangsa Moro Basic Law initiatives.

Binay also talked about the Mamasapano incidents the DAP, he even repeated the phrase “Tama na Sobra sobra na” of 30 years ago. All these have been water under the bridge. Binay vaudeville show is a hollow and worn-out show.


I am passionate about writing since I was 18 years old. Slowly, through the years, though sidetracks by other endeavors, my passion never wanes. My writing showed some progress, not as much in pecuniary form, but in psychic income. My writing started to have fruition when my opinion pieces, essays, short stories, ghost-writing graced in different publications. With the advent of ¨Blogs¨ of today’s technology, my writing made a leapfrog.

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One comment on “The Hollow and Worn-Out Show
  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an enlightening piece.

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