The Aquinos helped create the Binay dynasty

A lot of Filipinos do not like the Binay family. Some people see the Binays as a force to reckon with. Some hate them so much they see the Binays as monsters. There are also some groups devoted to stopping their rise to become the most powerful family in the Philippines.

The Binays do not even need introduction because most Filipinos know who the Binays are. They are one of the most powerful political dynasties in the country. In fact, writing about the Binays kind of makes one a bit queasy because the adults in the Binay family occupy powerful positions in government and it’s perplexing when one starts to wonder how they all got voted into office to begin with.

The Binay clan: how did they become one of the Philippines' most powerful dynasties?
The Binay clan: how did they become one of the Philippines’ most powerful dynasties?
It becomes quite a daunting task when one has to write information about all of them in order to show the conflicts of interest. It makes one crazy thinking about how the children — Nancy, Abigail and Jun-Jun, a Senator, Congresswoman and Makati City Mayor respectively — all come to the aid of their father to defend him against his political enemies and critics while the father comes to the aid of his children to do the same.

I guess the only way to understand the complexity involving the Binays is to accept that they treat their hold over a portfolio of government posts as a family business. In a family business, it is natural for the owners to help each other out. The problem is, the Binays shouldn’t be treating their government posts as a family business because they are not dealing with their own money. It’s only in the Philippines that dysfunctional behavior exhibited by the Binays has gone unnoticed until recently.

One has to wonder how the Binays managed to hold on to the mayoralty position in the country’s premiere financial district for decades without anyone complaining until now. Surely, their cohorts in the alleged crimes and the people who kept voting for the Binays despite their excesses should be blamed as well for the sorry situation the country is in with the political family.

The popularity and notoriety of the Binays is partly due to the incessant negative publicity they have been getting from the media from months. One member of the media who has been conducting a trial by media is Solita Collas-Monsod. She seems to have taken on the role of unofficial attack dog for the Liberal Party.

In a recent article on her Inquirer column, Monsod tried to refute the claim made by the Binay family that the Aquino administration is persecuting them. To counter that claim, Monsod reveals that President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino gave his Vice President Jejomar Binay a lot of privileges since Day One.

Monsod enumerated some of the “requests” the Aquino administration granted VP Binay starting with giving him the Coconut Palace as the VP’s official residence. In addition, BS Aquino also gave Binay Cabinet roles as Presidential adviser for OFW affairs and as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chairman, which, according to Monsod, gave Binay a lot of opportunity to grandstand. Monsod also goes on to mention how Binay was receiving “P200-million-a-year share of the pork barrel—until that was removed”.

President BS Aquino: not in his usual undiplomatic demeanor when it comes to Binay.
President BS Aquino: not in his usual undiplomatic demeanor when it comes to Binay.
If we are to believe Monsod, those things should be enough proof that the Aquino administration has been more than generous to the Binays. Yes, one would have to agree that the Aquino administration has been generous to the VP and it has benefited his family. In fact, in enumerating all the privileges that Binay has been enjoying until the VP’s resignation from his cabinet posts, Monsod inadvertently proved that BS Aquino is partly to blame for creating a “monster”.

Why did BS Aquino agree to give VP Binay the Coconut Palace and even had the place refurbished to the VP’s specifications? According to Monsod, it cost the public more than 50 million pesos to refurbish it. Furthermore, why did BS Aquino give Binay 200 million pesos worth of pork barrel funds? Now, why did BS Aquino approve that? What the heck was he thinking? I thought BS Aquino was against the excesses that happened in previous governments. It turns out he has his share of excessive spending of public funds. Why did he feel the need to spoil his VP with that budget?

The thing that we can take from Monsod’s article is that, BS Aquino himself may not be directly involved in the orchestrated attacks against the Binays headed by a few senators who appear to have a grudge against Binay. If you compare how relentless he was in attacking his political enemies in the past like former President Gloria Arroyo and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, it is interesting to note how BS Aquino is very restrained when it comes to VP Binay and his children.

After VP Binay criticized the Aquino administration – calling it incompetent, uncaring and blundering – BS Aquino’s response could be interpreted as puzzled yet accommodating. He even said “thank you” to Binay. That is very different indeed to how he treats his “real” enemies. What could be holding BS Aquino back from retaliating in return? It’s not like him to be diplomatic. Could it be that Binay could help him escape prosecution once he is president?

It has been said before that the Binays are actually allied with the Aquinos. Binay has been vocal about crediting the late Cory Aquino for giving him the opportunity to enter politics. Some people even claim that the President’s sisters prefer to endorse Binay as the next President and not the Liberal Party’s bet Mar Roxas. At some point, celebrity sister Kris Aquino was even consoling Junjun Binay after his wife passed away. She may have been to his main office in Makati City, which, according to Monsod, is “huge—larger than a two-bedroom condo in Makati”. We didn’t hear Kris complain about the size of Junjun’s room.

The Aquino sisters have long been close to the Binay family - the most hated family in the Philippines.
The Aquino sisters have long been close to the Binay family – the most hated family in the Philippines.
It is quite laughable to think that BS Aquino’s most rabid supporters are busy campaigning against Binay while the Aquinos themselves could be secretly supporting a Binay Presidency.

The bottom-line is, those who hate the Binays so much should look deeper and see who put him and his family in power in the first place. First it was the Aquinos who put the senior Binay in-charge of Makati City and then the voters who got addicted to the Binay dole outs helped build the Binay dynasty.

While the timing of the cases against the Binays is quite suspect (why bring up the cases now when these should have been filed before 2010?), it is still welcome. If it will help expose the Binays and, as a consequence, the Aquinos for who they are, that’s all well and good. But judging by the way the majority of voters have acted in the past – this exercise of campaigning against the Binays will yield results that will simply fly over their heads.

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99Hyden000777Toro
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Politics in our country is “Symbiotic relationships” among Politicians. They may have been on “opposition”, or “alliances”. However, they protect and profit from this political relationship. This is the reason, we have political family dynasties… If election time comes: it is time for “Political Zarzuelas”, for the consumptions of the Dumb Voters. People are entertained on these : senseless investigations; mudslingings; character assassinations; digging dirt on your political opponents; political acting ups; etc…it is necessary to Dumb the Voters, as much as they can…. Have you noticed that the real issues of : BBL Law; DAP, PDAP; incompetence of Aquino;… Read more »
Ebola Ray
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None of these people/elected officils are enemies. Remember the headlines of the ‘persecuted’ GMA ? Where is she now? with all of her loot, tell us you still think she is in that Hospital? ROTFLMAO !!!! They are all in it together, take turns kicking each other in meaningless ‘press-attacks’ and meanwhile laughing all the way to their U.S.Dollar accounts. Or how about E-CRAP? the once almost impeached, had sooo many enemies, YEAH RIGHT !!!!! IT WAS A CHARADE and I’ll prove it, HE IS THE MAYOR OF MANILA NOW !!!!! Get real? NO, WAKE UP !!!! they are not… Read more »
d_forsaken
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The BS Aquinos and Binays are trying to show the Failippines they can do whatever they want, wherever they want, and they’re powerless to stop them.

Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive. And they will be emboldened to push Failipinos even harder.

As for Solita “Winnie” Collas-Monsod…There is no expert on the subject, there is no wise old man. There’s… shit, there’s just us.

Gogs
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That is what I have been saying for a while. Binay is not an overnight sensation. He is what he is . His family not exactly poster children of humility. The Binays are proof of Noynoy’s ineffectiveness.

http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2015/02/why-hating-binay-and-loving-noynoy-makes-no-sense/

http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2013/05/pinoy-pride-is-never-there-where-it-really-counts-elections-2013/

Dale Gozar
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Politics is the art of deception. It’s more about making the public believe half truths and lies to gain votes. Politicians will stop at nothing for power and wealth. An Incumbent President or any candidate to higher office or aspiring to be President, need only to pretend to be an opposition & accuse the Incumbent or his/her Predecessors as being corrupt/bad to attract attention and gain people support or to stay in position/power. Kunyari MAGKAAWAY? o OPPOSITION ka ba talaga? whe di nga, bat ngayon lang? Pareho lang sila Binay, GMA, Enrile, Ramos, Estrada, etc. Lahat kayo kaalyado ng mga… Read more »
Add
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To be fair to Winnie Monsod, she has been a critic of the Binays way, way before Jojo Binay became a VP. So, one wonders what vetting process the Aquino sisters had that they ended up in full support of a Noy-Bi. It is not that the Monsods are not influential on the Aquinos. Winnie was Cory’s NEDA Chairperson. The Monsods being the next door neighbor of Juan Ponce Enrile, Winnie was instrumental in asking Cory to take it easy on JPE who became Cory’s DND Sec. Though Winnie became one of the bitterest critic of Gloria, Winnie was actually… Read more »
Apprentice
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Let’s reverse the game…Lets enter the new “players” we, the educated and extremely “dangerous” heh..not in the political arena…but in the arena that are so vital in maintaining their power and deception…their weapons…our weapon will be the same but it will be a silent killer…”We” the new player shall organize into one super efficient and uncompromisable group that we shall become a threat to the “veterans” hehe…but we will not bash them or attack them…we will attack their source of power…the dumbed down people…We shall…in our initiative…awaken them one by one making each realize that they can govern themselves and… Read more »
Ebola Ray
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You want FAIR? Go to the World’s Fair, coz ‘FAIR’ doesn’t exist. The sooner you get over that, and realize that the country has been fouled to the point of the ‘death stench’ permeating the breadth of the archipelago by people who are robbing the treasury blind. it has gone on for decades and will only stop at the barrel of a gun.

Apprentice
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I know…but I won’t just give up…I will exhaust all options available and gather the right men for this herculean task…We shall awaken the people at all costs…I’m prepared to sacrifice my own wants and desires, my own life if I have to …just to do my duty…

zaxx
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Barrel of the gun won’t work unless you want to bring this nation back to the dark ages. I agree with apprentice that we go for a quiet revolution. Lets form an elite band of incorruptible and efficient Filipinos. I bribe no one; I cannot be bribed – will be our slogan. It will be posted high on the halls of every institution we conquer. We will have cells – like the strategy of terror cells but without advocating violence. This is the start of the awakening of a giant. We are the incorruptibles!

Apprentice
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Let’s also follow the strategy of the sending of the disciples by Jesus…let’s get the concept of it..and how effective it was in creating an uproar in ancient Israel 😉

Cita B. Garcia
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sno ba ang sumulat nitong article na ito puro baliktad ang mga sinsabi. Di ba puro magnanakaw ang mga secretary ni marcos? Si gloria nga kapartner niya ang asqa niyang si Arroyo sa pag kurakot nauna na sa Customs.

Add
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VP Binay’s Speech delivered at the UNA launch. (This is the draft that was not delivered…it was not even typed by his secretary) Get to know him. BUONG puso nating tinatanggap sa oras na ito ang hamon na isulong ang tunay na pagbabago at kaginhawahan para sa bawat Pilipino. Madali naman kayo mapaniwala at linlangin. Naglulunsad tayo ng ating partidong UNA na may galing at talino, makatao, may malasakit, at nakikinig sa hinaing ng mga mamamayan. Pero pag nahalal tayo bahala na ang mga kasama sa buhay nila, napakarami sila. Kaakibat ng sambayanan, itatatag ng UNA ang isang pamahalaan na… Read more »
Kathy Recio vanKoert
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BWA HA HA HA HA HA. .JUST DANDY

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Now I look forward to his next speech. Pls oblige.

mrericx
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why bring up the cases now when these should have been filed before 2010? — I’ll answer to this question and it’s very easy. Remember about the Dasmagate incident when Mayor Junjun Binay scolded to the security guards of Dasma Village almost 2 years ago? Well a year after that, former Makati Vice Mayor & former Binay’s best friend, Mercado jumped into the bandwagon and finally exposed the family’s dark side to the public that they and including him had done a corruption practices on their administration within the Makati City Hall. And thanks to that controversial CCTV footage when… Read more »
zaxx
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Corruption has a face. And who is better suited to be the posterboy of Philippine corruption than Binay. It would be great to have a corruption metering page on GRP? We can line up all the major politicians in the Philippine political landscape and place a corruption meter bar above their names/faces. It would be a good indicator for our voters to refer to in the upcoming elections. The problem is how to numerically rate corruption level. Who will do the rating? Do we base it on the number of news articles there are in the major papers, or the… Read more »
Apprentice
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We must rate them on their “fruits” did it do good or bad?

naglalabyog2000
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Ang style ng mga aquino, lahat ng presidetiable maglalagay sila ng kamaganak nila o endorse nila, sa mga marcos lang sila wala tao, kung manalo manok nila may say pa rin sila, meron kb narinig kay kris o sa sister ni pnoy….WALA, MASKI KAY PNOY LALONG WALA¡!!!!kung lumusot c bnay may say pa rin sya, kaya nakaiting sya kay poe at escudero ng 4 n oras, kasi alam nya tagilid c roxas, c poe at escudero malapit sa marcos…AYAW NILA MAUPO C BONGBONG, YUN TINANIN NILA PANINIRA MASASAYANG AT LALABAS ANG MGA BAHO NILA

naglalabyog2000
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….kaya nakipagmiting sya kay poe at escudero ng 4 n oras,

ice cube
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Am I watching a third rate game of thrones knock off here? Nope sadly this s is real. Something about honor and thieves not having it among them.

u2bob
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We knew Erap was a drunk, and we voted him in. We knew Honasan was a coup plotter, and we voted him in. We knew Jess Lapid and Ramon Revilla were known for cheap action flicks than as Senator material, and we voted them in. Trillianes was in jail for chrissakes,, on mutiny charges, and he got voted in!
We knew damn well Nancy Binay at best was just an OJT, and yup, she got voted in.
What are the odds, with us knowing how corrupt Jojo Binay reputedly is, that he gets voted in?

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