By: Elena Grace Flores
It was observed that Vice Presidet Jejomar Binay did not answer Yes or No quickly during the Quick Answer portion of the last Presidential Debate held in Dagupan, Pangasinan recently. If you analyze the question, most of the queries thrown to him were not answerable by Yes or No – given that he is a human rights lawyer. He did answered Yes to PGMA’s plight for humanitarian reasons. Let’s analyse a few:
Will you put Mayor Duterte in prison? – For what? Is he found guilty beyond reasonable doubt?
Will you release Ampatuan? – He needs fair tial – in fact, he’s not yet summoned and already serving a jail term.
Will you impeach Conchita Carpio Morales? – Will exercise being a unifying President (The Surpreme Court Justice’s cases are political in nature)
Will you release President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from prison? Absolutely, Yes – PGMA deserves to regain her freedom.
Will you allow Australian mining? It will depend on the kind of process presented. If responsible mining, then yes.
ABS-CBN should have put a lot of thoughts in structuring the questions – so that they can be answered with Yes or No by a principled man – who would think a hundred times before giving his thoughts for sensitive issues. Not just for the sake of answering quickly and pleasing the audience for entertainment sake. After all, that was a Presidential debate. He truly has a heart!