Former vice president Jejomar Binay Sr. and his son, “JunJun” are not surprised when Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, an Aquino appointee filed criminal charges of graft and falsification of public documents charges against them. This is for the allegedly anomalous procurement in the construction of the P1.3-billion Makati Science High School Building.
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[VIDEO]: We find the strangest bed fellows in Philippine politics. This report tells us about the curious case of Gringo Honasan and Jojo Binay.
Cases Filed by the Ombudsman
Morales confirmed her order to file criminal charges against the Binays for allegedly conspiring to rig the procurement of the 10-storey science high school building on Kalayaan Avenue in Makati. The younger Binay was ordered charged with four counts of violation of Section 3(e) of the anti-graft law, and three counts of Falsification.
Witch Hunt against the Binays
Binay’s spokesperson Joey Salgado said the Binays’ indictment came as no surprise. He accused the Ombudsman of launching a “witch hunt against them. This is just to continue the election campaign of the Ombudsman as a “tool” of the Liberal Party. She just intends to politically persecute the enemies of her party including the current President. It is noted that Morales and Du30 are now having a war of words.
Prior to the 2016 election, there was a confusion why Senator Gringo Honasan chose to run as Vice President with Binay as his Presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Honasan’s ally Senator Juan Ponce Enrile endorsed Bongbong Marcos as VP. It even got more complicated when the Binay-Honasan tandem promoted Marcos despite Honasan’s running for the same position. Now, it is evident that their common goal is to support the return of Ferdinand Marcos’ namesake.
Bongbong Marcos’ Evidence in the Electoral Protest
Relevant evidence gathered by the Marcos camp to support his electoral protest against Leni Robredo was from the Binay Camp through its initiator Pastor Boy Saycon. It is remembered that Saycon accompanied whistle blowers of the alleged digital fiasco of Smartmatic that implicates the Comelec into its connivance with the alleged election fraud in a Senate hearing.
Most of Former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s cases are political in nature if not all. This is probably the reason why his former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado sometimes wakes up crying during the Blue Ribbon Committee hearings. Binay declares that he has found wisdom from the Bible and learned to forgive.
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[VIDEO]: Nagkaayos na sina dating Vice President Jejomar Binay at ang dati niyang vice mayor sa Makati na si Ernesto Mercado. Matatandaang ilang ulit tumestigo sa Senado si Mercado laban sa pamilya Binay. Ikinuwento naman ni Binay ang tungkol sa gumagabay sa kaniya para magpatawad at humingi ng patawad sa mga naging kaaway.
Binay admits that after losing from the presidency, he took the time off in knowing the creator more from the Bible. He also went with his family to a pilgrimage in Israel. He has learned to forgive and made an effort to call Mercado first. They met in a restaurant and hugged like old friends do.
No more Politics
Both swear not to get involved in politics anymore. Mercado even promised that no other family members would pursue that field. Binay, however, still has a mayor and a senator in the family. He also supports the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo. But personally, he would rather continue his Bible studies now that he has found peace.
Binay still has pending cases for the Makati Building 2 anomaly. His wife also faces some charges in the Makati Hospital furniture accusation. It can be possible that Mercado will be called to shed light to such allegations. With the rate it is going, it looks like the ex-Makati Vice Mayor is already happy with the renewed friendship. He would not want to ruin it again especially now that there’s no more reason to discredit Binay.
Can the People Forgive?
Some Binay supporters are aghast with the new development between the two ex-politicians. It hurts them to think that they are robbed by the possibility to have a compassionate and effective President. All it takes to heal is a “sorry.” In time, they can forgive Mercado as well.
The realisation of former Vice President Jojo Binay’s dream is now launched by the daughter and current Makati Mayor Abigail Binay. Digital Makatizen Card gives its 500,000 residents access to the city government’s services and so much more. Makati residents are indeed the privileged Filipinos because of their leaders’ caring and innovative ways.
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[VIDEO]: ‘Makatizen’ card launched
Convenient Digital Functions
The card also functions as a valid government ID card. On top of that, it is also an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card. It can be used to transact with the city government, receive cash allowances, stipends and other cash benefits.
Efficient Government Services
Residents can use the card to pay fees and taxes, personal remittances and other financial transactions. City government employees receive salaries and allowances from it.
The Makatizen Card is a collaboration of the city government of Makati with Globe Telecom, its subsidiary G-XChange, Inc., and iBayad Online Ventures, Inc. Around 1,000 functioning sample cards are tested at the Makati City Hall. “It takes us a step nearer to achieving our goal of empowering everyone, including those in the marginalised sectors of society, to enjoy a better quality of life,” Makati Mayor Abigail Binay said.
First Digital City
The card’s wide range of digital and mobile services offers the people of Makati the convenience and cost-effective methods of managing their day-to-day obligations,” Binay added. “We intended this unsolicited project proposal from Globe, GCash, and iBayad as the springboard to transform Makati into the country’s first digital city.” “For the Philippines to truly become a digital nation, we need to take advantage of the new technology and find ways to innovate to allow improvement in every corner of our country,” according to Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.
Many voters asked Binay supporters – why Binay? It all boils down to the good heart. That’s how the family is known in their own community. No one can contest that despite the black media propaganda against them they remain compassionate. The Binays share the same forgiving heart as the Marcoses.
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[VIDEO]: A little over a year ago, a warm exchange between Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Grace Poe, and Nancy Binay was unimaginable. But on Wednesday, May 17, ahead of Cayetano’s final speech as senator, it happened.Senator Binay approached Cayetano and wished him luck on his new stint as foreign affairs secretary.
Nancy Binay’s Forgiving Heart
Senator Nancy Binay approaches Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to wish him luck on his new stint as foreign affairs secretary. It might be awkward given what Cayetano did to her father, the former Vice President Jejomar Binay accusing him of corruption using the Senate blue ribbon televised hearings. This really ruined his chances to become president and removed him from the top spot of presidentiables.
Senator Panfilo Lacson teases Binay saying that her Goodluck message is so contrived. This created the playful atmosphere in the Senate where jokes and sarcasm are not any more serious issues unlike during the 2016 elections.
Referring to his instant confirmation, Cayetano said that it must be because of two things: either they honestly want him to be in the DFA or they just want him out of the Senate quickly. That catches the attention of Grace Poe.
Senator Grace Poe’s Joke
Upon hearing Cayetano’s response, Senator Poe eagerly said: Good that you’re naturally aware. I don’t have anything to do with that, she said. Then added that with all that they have been through, it is just proper to move on and leave all the pains behind.
Mothers know best they say. This is a review of what these two influential mothers said about their son’s presidency quest. One was against – and the other is proud to say that it is her ultimate dream.
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[VIDEO]: Former First Lady Imelda Marcos celebrates her 86th birthday. Her wish is for her son, Senator Bongbong Marcos, to run for President.
Imelda Marcos’ Dream
Bongbong Marcos sais that it is the dream of his mother, former first lady, and now Ilocos Rep. Imelda Marcos, for him to become president. “Of course, that’s her dream, he confirmed. If she could nominate me for the position of pope, she would,” he said with a smile. That only shows how Imelda is so certain that her son can make a difference for the welfare of his constituents since she also dreams big for the country’s progress.
Cory Aquino’s Fear
Since the 1987 EDSA revolution that toppled Bongbong’s father, the late Ferdinand Marcos – Binay has been the confidante of the that President Cory Aquino. Binay was aware of the forecast of a Chinese fortune teller that the son of Cory will bring chaos to the country. This is why she was hesitant when the idea flows. She made her fear known in her death bed, said Binay. He was also a witness when Cory said; “Let the people suffer – so that they will hate the Marcoses”.
Mothers with the Same Dream
Mothers generally wish for their children’s success. “My mother generally thinks in political terms because that has been her life,” Bongbong said. He added that one cannot prevent a loving mother from pursuing her aspirations for her beloved son. Bongbong confidently confirmed that he shares his mother’s dream for him to become president. This is why he wants to do more for the country. Currently, he just spent P36 million for his electoral protest against Leni Robredo for the Filipinos’ votes to be properly counted – may it be in favor of him or not. It is good enough just to know the truth of who really won in the 2016 Vice Presidential elections.
The Presidency for Bongbong Marcos
“I have seen the presidency from the different side more than the other people have,” Bongbong said. People normally see just the grandeur of it and the power that the president holds. I wish I could do that, but I have also seen the other side of it, and I have a more balanced idea,” he disclosed. He also explained that anybody can be president, but not everybody can be a good president. “There is no use being a president if you are not going to be a good one. It’s very hard.”