Three betrayals caused Vice President Binay’s dominoes to fall. Now, he’s teetering to self-destruct, or had already destructed as Sen. Trillanes claimed. Before, when Binay was at the height of his luck, when everything fall into his grand design of becoming the President of the Philippines, he was cocky and confident. His favorable rating in the surveys beefed up his invulnerability. He felt everyone around his orbit would do his bidding, that he could even get away with his sins and missteps committed on some of them.
The lynchpin of Jojo Binay’s luck broke loose when his dormant betrayal against Sen. Koko Pimentel, Sen. Trillanes and the former Vice Mayor of Makati, Ernesto Mercado sprang to life. Binay’s betrayal chorused with the unfolding of events relative to the plunder charge filed against him. Although Binay dismissed the allegations as the sour grapes of his political opponents, in his cockiness or complacency perhaps, little did he know that these unfolding events layered with his betrayals, contributed big time to his domino falling.
Binay’s betrayal against Sen. Koko Pimentel was somehow political in nature. It was a simple party squabble. Binay, as the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA ) Party stalwart, picked Sen. Miguel Zubiri, who cheated Pimentel in the 2010 election, to run under the same ticket: short of saying to Pimentel, “hey, if you can’t take it, get out”. Pimentel nourished that bone of contention, and so when the opportunity for retaliation opened, he joined forces with the others to pin down Binay.
When Binay reneged on his promise to provide Trillanes with people, ala EDSA Revolution, to continue his mutiny against the former President Arroyo while holed in at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, Trillanes felt betrayed. The Arroyo Government’s siege the Manila Peninsula Hotel. Meanwhile, as the event unfolds, Binay watched from the outside. If the momentum turned in the rebel’s favor, Binay would come. But it didn’t. As the siege endangered Trillanes’s life, and the lives of his comrades and sympathizer, he surrendered. That was the stark reality of Binay’s duplicity. Trillanes learned the hard way. Binay’s betrayal motivated Trillanes to even the score.
Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado is another man Binay betrayed. Ernesto Mercado was then Binay’s all-around man; his errand boy, his confidant, his trouble shooter, his loot courier, his bagman, his Vice Mayor, and his partner in crimes. When it seemed Binay has exhausted all the loophole of the constitutional succession in Makati, he enticed Mercado to run as Makati Mayor promising his full support.
Mercado knew all of Binay’s his dirty secrets. He could be his dummy, and might as well entrusted Makati to him. Anyway, there wouldn’t be a problem running the city with his invisible hand, course thru Mercado. Reluctant at first, Mercado softened when Binay extended his courtship with his sick father. However, Binay saw a sliver of moral streak in Mercado. This worried him. Come crunching time, he tapped his son JunJun Binay to run instead. Binay must keep Makati to themselves.
All of these betrayals lumped together, played a role tumbling down Binay’s dominoes. The signs of self-destruction looming. The Blue Ribbon Sub Committee recommended the filing of plunder charge against Binay, et al. The Court of Appeals, thru the recommendation of Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) ordered the freezing of Binay’s assets. The Ombudsman suspended anew Jun Jun Binay as Makati Mayor. More skeletons from the closet can be uncovered. Binay’s conduct of unbecoming of Vice President of a nation, when he confronted and threatened the Senior Superintendent, Elmer Javier in charge of peace in Makati when a melee erupted because of Jun Jun Binay’s suspension. Makati, which the Binays hold for three decades, finally slips out of the Binay’s. Joseph Estrada float the idea he might run again, as he sensed of Binay’s quitting. Talk of Binays impeachment surfaced, Binay himself, pre-emptive it. And then, the likelihood of Binay being in jail.
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