VP Binay is a rotten onion

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Please allow me to speak with a little pith and vinegar. I believe a fundamental freedom is being threatened and Philippine mainstream media seem to have turned their heads. Well, they are members of the entitled class, after all. They don’t work to take care of the Philippines. They serve their master$.

Of course we know that the Vice President is not actually an onion, and whether or not he is rotten is in the eye of the beholder. Someone who gets a cake or wad of cash from him, or even a bag of it, does not think he is rotten. Someone who gets a letter or visit from his legal storm troopers on the hunt for vendors of “black propaganda” might consider him rotten. That is, his values are rotten. In their opinion.

I’m referring to a recent article in that beacon of journalistic integrity, The Daily Inquirer, that said VP Binay has a team of 500 lawyers across the nation going to work in social media and elsewhere to ferret out those who are propagating “black propaganda”: “Binay camp vows to sue foes behind black prop”.

It appears that the definition of “black propaganda” is “malicious allegations against the VP and his family.”

Well, it raises the question, are those who think Binay is rotten allowed that opinion? That is, in the Philippines, today, in 2016, am I allowed the opinion that Vice President Binay is rotten? Or will the holding of that opinion occasion me with a visit from one of the VP’s legal minions?

Can I call an attorney in his employ a minion, I wonder? Am I allowed to offer up that mild insult to those who are stuffed of shirt, devoid of human goodness and have sold their souls to a man who, by all accounts, plunders taxpayer money?

Am I allowed to think to myself, “you know, that Binay guy is really a crook and liar”? Without also thinking an “alleged” in front of it?

And having thought it, am I allowed to type it? Right here. For y’all to read?

Or is that “black propaganda”?

What the hell are “malicious allegations”, anyway? Is it lies, opinions, ridicule, memes, or what? There is a team of 500 of the nation’s brightest people on the hunt for it, but no one has told us what it is in precise terms. Do they even know?

If they don’t like it, is that black propaganda?

Myself, I like satire. It’s the art of using words like a scalpel to slice, dice and reveal the innards of the subject of the satire. The most outrageous use of the technique came from the author of that little tale “Gulliver’s Travels” – Jonathan Swift – when he proposed that Ireland eat the babies of the poor as a way to end poverty. Really, he did! “A Modest Proposal” was the name of the piece and it so upset the nation that its leaders got to work on writing new laws to take better care of the poor.

The title of Swift’s work is satire, by the way. The proposal is not modest. But by calling such an outrageous idea ‘modest’, we can know that Swift is not exactly serious in making the proposal. And yet, it is a serious subject. Very. That’s the way satire works. Satire creates the meaning by denying it or turning it around. But we don’t know the whole truth unless we think really hard about it. 

Rather like when I call the Inquirer a beacon of journalistic integrity . . .

Satire impels rich thinking. It can jolt us out of our ordinary thoughts. A lot of the time, it can make us laugh.

Are we allowed to be satirical in the Philippines?

Can I propose that we eat the Binays? As a way to cure corruption?

Or does his “black propaganda” initiative seek to outlaw satire in the Philippines? That is, does his political platform argue for a Philippines without any literary or intellectual reach whatsoever? Rather like that yahoo Duterte thinks trigonometry and calculus should be taken out of the schools?

By the way, a “yahoo” is a “a rude, noisy, or violent person”. Am I being factual here? Or satirical? And do YOU have the right to think Duterte is a yahoo? Under the Binay rules?

“Binay Rules”

I suppose that is what we are facing, isn’t it? They are kind of like the “China Rules” where China defines them. No one else rises to the level of high imperial wisdom to be allowed to have any say in the matter. What China says is the law. What Binay says is the law. No one else counts.

When I say “VP Binay is a rotten onion”, I am not being malicious to Binay. I am praising the idea, the principle, the democratic value, that free speech is what keeps totalitarians from squashing the rest of us.

And I suppose that is the point here.

Under Binay Rules, we don’t count.

Only Binay counts. Only his interests.

Pardon me for having the opinion that this is a very WRONG and dangerous idea. There is something bigger than Binay, and that is the nation. There is something bigger than the nation, and that is the principle that each one of us counts. We are entitled to our thoughts. And we can express them.

It is not up to Binay to define what we can or cannot say. Or to intimidate us into silence by deploying 500 puppet attorneys to hunt down the outspoken and drive them to silence.

Puppet attorneys are those who understand what “chilling effect” means, but exercise the will of the entitled to impose it on people of good intention.

“Good” is not automatically – by definition – what Binay says it is. Indeed, I sometimes wonder if he even grasps the concept, as Jesus Christ would know it.


96 Responses to “VP Binay is a rotten onion”
  1. http://norightturn.blogspot.de/2005/06/sedition-in-philippines.html – Joe,. the trouble is that the laws are there for them to make things go Chinese… shows how fair this administration is…

    The source is not completely right… the oldest sedition laws come from Spanish times… Governor Taft enacted sedition laws in 1901 against anyone advocating Independence and a number of writers, playwrights and actors were jailed based on it… the present definition is worth looking at:

    The Philippines government has filed charges in absentia against a former intelligence officer for propagating (allegedly doctored) audiotapes which purport to record President Arroyo conspiring with an election official to fix the vote in the 2004 presidential election. The charge? “Inciting sedition”. And in the Philippines, that’s even more of a bullshit crime than it is here.

    The Philippines’ sedition law was originally drafted in 1930, amended multiple times by executive orders from President Marcos, and restored to its original form in 1987. It defines sedition as:

    Art. 139. Sedition; How committed. – The crime of sedition is committed by persons who rise publicly and tumultuously in order to attain by force, intimidation, or by other means outside of legal methods, any of the following objects:

    To prevent the promulgation or execution of any law or the holding of any popular election;
    To prevent the National Government, or any provincial or municipal government or any public officer thereof from freely exercising its or his functions, or prevent the execution of any administrative order;
    To inflict any act of hate or revenge upon the person or property of any public officer or employee;
    To commit, for any political or social end, any act of hate or revenge against private persons or any social class; and
    To despoil, for any political or social end, any person, municipality or province, or the National Government (or the Government of the United States), of all its property or any part thereof.

    “Inciting sedition” is defined as follows:

    Art. 142. Inciting to sedition. – The penalty of prision correccional in its maximum period and a fine not exceeding 2,000 pesos shall be imposed upon any person who, without taking any direct part in the crime of sedition, should incite others to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition, by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners, or other representations tending to the same end, or upon any person or persons who shall utter seditious words or speeches, write, publish, or circulate scurrilous libels against the Government (of the United States or the Government of the Commonwealth) of the Philippines, or any of the duly constituted authorities thereof, or which tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or which tend to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite rebellious conspiracies or riots, or which lead or tend to stir up the people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the Government, or who shall knowingly conceal such evil practices.

    Yes, in the Philippines, “stirring up the people” against the government or “disturbing the peace of the community” by circulating “scurrilous libels” (lies – or even worse, truths) which cause them to dislike those in power is punishable by imprisonment. But then, is our own law, which bars bringing into hatred or contempt, or “exciting disaffection” against the government, really that different?

    Either way, I think the layman’s definition of sedition – “saying things the government doesn’t want to hear” – holds in the Philippines.

    • karlgarcia says:

      About sedition.I remember my high school history class ,when my teacher asked what crime was Bonifacio accused of,and i said:”seduction”.

    • Joe America says:

      Sedition never entered my mind. Sedition has to do with the State rather than individual, and I have no problem with Binay being Vice President and don’t seek to overthrow him at all. I find the legal and ethical foundation of the Philippines rather peculiar, to allow him to continue in office. But that’s not the issue. The issue is the idea of 500 attorneys out to silence people.

      Plus, if he thinks people are being seditious, he should say so.

      • The fact that “public officials” is in the law is a major warning sign – in the Philippine context of entitlement that law and other laws can (and have been especially in Marcos times) interpreted in the sense that public officials embody the state, ARE the state. Properly interpreted no problem but one probably has to know the leaps of “logic” that judges were capable of before, and there are for sure still enough who will go back to that under the right conditions. It is the logic of the Spanish inquisition, not American law.

  2. look up seduction as a crime under Philippine law… it is hair-raising.

    it exists but is only punishable if the woman aged 12-17 is a virgin… the modern interpretation is that she must be “of chaste character” – how would it be in the case of bold star Pepsi Paloma?

    • karlgarcia says:

      To know if the onion is rotten,you don’t smell it like if you want to know if an egg is rotten,you look at it,you look for spots or mold.
      Based from reports,What happened to Pepsi Paloma was not only seduction,that was statutory rape.

      • I do sometimes wonder about the voters who still accepted both Mayor Sanchez and Romeo Jalosjos as their politicians inspite of what was clearly proven in court. Both could be termed as “worse than animals”, to use Pacquiao’s term for homosexuals. I never had any rotten onions, just onions that started sprouting in my refrigerator because I was away too long or too lazy to look. What wonders me often are not only the extremely antiquated laws of the Philippines, but also the reactionary spirit of those laws – even the divorce law they rescinded in 1949 was already reactionary enough but at least they had one then.

        From a modern perspective, the Liberal Party is conservative, but within Philippine coordinates it is truly liberal. Because the Dark Ages are not yet fully over there.
        And the wrong people winning at all levels will truly bring the country backwards 10 times. Leila de Lima’s modernization of the Penal Code was long overdue but I guess that too many are still caught in the old mindset, so it may take at least 20 years for it to get done.

  3. Gemino H. Abad says:

    YES, I think Binay is corrupt! the same thing as “rotten onion.” Let his puppet attorneys sue me!

    • Joe America says:

      To the extent we are allowed to be judges, anyone who watched the Blue Ribbon Subcommittee hearings and saw the testimony of the architect who grudgingly admitted the building was not world class, not green, and had no special foundations . . . or the Hillmarks people sweating bullets . . . or the bidder trapped in the elevator so he would be excluded from the fixed bidding . . . or the RE appraisers who peg the building as worth P960 million today and it was billed to taxpayers at P2.3 billioon . . . Well, I think we should be given the right to exclude the “allegedly”, pending Binay explaining what happened.

  4. He took advantage & exploit the weakness oh his own people to the max. He knew himself he got the perfect ingredients to make him a monster, untouchable.,
    The bobotantes that nurtured him to grow & the justice system that he knew he can get away with everything. That is the perfect ingredients, and what is all about is the power to control, to be glorified by the means of power.
    My poor Philippines!!

  5. Jean says:

    We best watch out for this one. Win or lose, it is going to spell trouble. The most likely scenario in my mind is that he loses. Should that happen, he has no alternative than to cause trouble. Most likely in the form of a revolt masked as a revolution. He has no choice, since the ombudsman is salivating on the fringes as he still has his vice president immunity to rely on. Bereft of that and the presidency, its open season and he knows a lot of people will gunning for him in the name of justice or personal advantage.

    That dog isn’t going down without a fight. He also most likely has developed rabies and is willing to drag everyone down with him if that’s what it takes.

    Dare I say, if he wins. A significant portion of society wont stand for it and again we will be at war. Unlike Marcos who at least held some “reservation” of giving the order open fire on a mass congregation of the opposition, Binay I think won’t have the same restraint if he is threatened enough.

    Our only escape is if he becomes soooo full of himself, he implodes (literally).

    • Joe America says:

      Or elect Duterte, who will take care of things. Pardon him, probably. Or shoot him, maybe. Who knows. Just speculating wildly.

      • Jean says:

        Um is there a way for me to edit my post? Upon reading, I noticed many typo and grammar issues. Color me pink!

        • Dodong Teody says:

          it’s OK Maam. even the merkanos have issues with their grammar…

        • Joe America says:

          There is no edit function. People sometimes note the corrections as “errata” in a follow-up comment, and I often make the changes (I DO have edit functionality). Mostly, I think no one really cares but yourself. Grammar police here have been known to get verbally mugged.

    • mcgll says:

      Ambition and lust for power are more corrupting than money. He admitted wanting to be president since he was a young man. I am inclined to believe he had something to do with most if not all of the major troubles PNoy suffered. Zamboanga siege, and yes Mamasapano too. Just look who is included in the list of his senatorial candidates – Napenas !!! Listening to the senate investigation on Mamasapano, gave me the chills that ghouls were working overtime to get President Aquino impeached before 2016 elections.

    • karlgarcia says:

      Just type AAAARGH insert mis typed word.That is how Mary Grace spells errata or erratum.

      • Aaaargh…. am missing all the fun…am buried in a mountain of financial reports and trial balances! am just lurking…I wish today is already April 15…in the meantime, just a tiny weeny comment:

        Binay promises everything, he’ll expand the 4Ps, expand Makati’s yellow cards, grant giancarlo’s and the other middle class employees’ dream of reduced income taxes…. so as PNOY himself asks, where will he get the money? By overhauling BOC? How? Does he himself know the sacred cows there? Ah, I know, he will declare martial law at BOC.

        • I must rack my brains. I did not study crookery at UP I left before I could start my first year.

          Let us remember how Erap allegedly made hueteng money to help the poor get houses. Sounds almost like the movie “Swindler’s List” – no I am not joking that movie exists.

          How about partly legalizing some BOC rackets… 50% for the state, 30% for crooks and 20% for charity… since he comes from poverty charity could be for his family which is after all the basic unit of society according to the 1987 Constitution, and for some frat brothers?

  6. chempo says:

    Wonder why you say rotten onion instead of rotten apple. But glad you say rotten instead of smelly onion, Because a smelly onion does not mean its rotting, a strong onion smells and Binay likes to project he is decisive and strong,

    Any body can say what he wants and anybody can sue all he wants. Its all fair in a free world. But we can all safely refer to the Senate hearing on the corruption issues facing Binay and say na na bo bo.

    Regarding adnip and apollo and those 500 lawyers, all those goodness of Wil’s frats just went out the window. Nothing but bullies.

    Are defamation laws in Philippines similar to US and most other countries? If they are. then people must understand citizens have a right to criticise officials who govern them, So go forth and be critical without fear. Defamation laws offer the least protection to officials. In a defammation suit the injured party must prove the statement was false, published {means a third party has heard or read it}, injurious and unpriviledged. For public officials and famous personalities like celebrities, they need to prove in addition that the statement was made with “actual malice” meaning you knew it wasnt true, didnt care if it was true, or reckless with the truth. So if it was a matter of opinion, for eg if I say Binay is corrupt, aint no way he can sue me, Opinions dont count because it cant be proven to be objectively false,

    Bottom line is, who is afraid of the 500 abogados.

    • Dodong Teody says:

      exactly my thought!

    • “all those goodness of Wil’s frats just went out the window. Nothing but bullies.”

      One only has to look at the Facebook page of APO Eta – the UP chapter: it is full of pro-Binay postings, in that case MRP might even be right… about certain UP crooks.

      • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

        Change us (ibahin ninyo kami). Hahaha!

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        Watch out! Doom is on the horizon. Chinese trader Henry Sy built UP Global, a UP Extension class copied from Harvard. This UP Global will produce more crooks and lawyers to protect the crooks.

        I had a list of cerebral celibirity UP-produced crooks. I am still piling them up. I will soon post it here.

        UP is proud of their products! They are never investigated. They are not defunded. Instead Chinese trader Henry Sy built them a school: UP Global.

        Crookery is going GLOBAL !!!! BAD FOR THE WORLD !

    • Joe America says:

      Onion just popped into my head, maybe because I thought he was being thin of skin. I dunno. I wish he thought as you did, we’d have no problem whatsoever. I can’t comprehend a candidate hiring a legal hit squad to try to silence people. And I am just stunned that there has not been an uproar about it. Can you imagine what would have happened if Roxas had done that?

      • Vicara says:

        “Onion” is apt, because after peeling away one rotten layer after another, at its center you find…exactly nothing. Binay was once a MABINI lawyer, standing up to Marcos, risking a great deal to back Cory Aquino. But after 1986, it was all about amassing power and money, and Makati, and it hollowed him out. Whatever there was that was brave and intelligent, and ethical (maybe he was that, once) has been leached out of him. He’s just a facsimile of the person he once was, just one degree away from Marcos as a mausoleum piece.

        So here in this election it appears we have one candidate wanting to buy anyone and everyone, and another candidate–the Walking Id–wanting to be bought by anyone and everyone.

        • Joe America says:

          Amusing description, that last line. It does seem to me that VP Binay has lost a lot of enthusiasm. He certainly shows no joy. It has to be hard to have no where to go. People are beating on him. He can’t talk. He has to keep going or go to jail. I think he’s not having much fun. I suggest a long trip, a vacation. . . maybe Hawaii.

          • Vicara says:

            Yes, you are right that Binay is flagging, and he can’t get off the hamster wheel. It was clear during the first debate that this one-time firebrand was flustered, at times almost blank. If more voters turn against him–that seems to be the trend–and he goes into exile like the Marcoses, to escape prosecution, he will have to bring his useless progeny with him. Although they’ll eventually straggle back, as the Marcos children did. (I can just see a third-generation Binay attempting to run for office thirty years on, reviving the old Boy Scout and LGU networks with cash, all for the purpose of whitewashing lolo’s name–and extracting any remaining walled-up loot spared by termites,)

        • karlgarcia says:

          MABINI…..that reminds me of Abe Margallo,I genuinely felt bad by his comments.But I got over it soon enough.I don’t know why,must be because of blog commenter familiarity attachment watchamacolit.

        • Diego Masken says:

          I don’t think Binay changed character only after his appointment as OIC of Makati. I think he is an opportunist to his core being. I met him in 1979, still a professor at St Scholastica, thru a rookie lawyer he was mentoring who volunteered his services in our union organizing activities(I was a union organizer of militant KMU from 1978 to 1991). For almost 3 years the young lawyer helped us with legal matters without financial renumeration from the union(except for occasional meals and gas reimbursement), as he was employed by a labor reaserch center. When the union finally signed a CBA(collective bargaining agreement) in 1982, with the workers gaining more than 10million pesos in backwages, the rookie sued the union that he was entiltled to 10 percent of the backwages. He told me that this was the advise of his mentor-lawyer Binay!
          (Btw, I am a fan of this blog for more than 2 yrs now, but this is my first time to share a comment, hoping it will help expose Binay and his kind. Thanks).

    • Madlanglupa says:

      > Regarding adnip and apollo and those 500 lawyers, all those goodness of Wil’s frats just went out the window. Nothing but bullies.

      Another thing is, if Binay is elected, they stand to possibly benefit from their “brother’s” largesse in the form of lucrative deals for them and their clients. No more waiting, no more bidding, no more paper work — just give the grease and he’ll make an express priority lane for the chosen.

      It’s really all about the money.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Rotten Onion is apt.
      Rotten Apple does not smell.
      Rotten Onion rotts and smell.
      If Apple rots no one can know it is rotten
      If Onion rots anyone can know and where the rottens are.

  7. mcgll says:

    We were at the corner of Ayala Ave. and Paseo de Roxas this afternoon – after a walk from the Makati Fire Station, protesting corruption and dictatorship. There were little placards, stating NO TO BINAY, SCRAP CORRUPTION, etc. we sang and pose for pictures. Maybe some of the 500 lawyers of Binay were among those clicking away with their smart phones, and I did take note of a professional looking camera with 5 inch diameter lens facing me and I heard the click click of the shutter…. uh oh, might I be in danger of being charged with “inciting to sedition”? No sweat. 30 years ago, we were facing tankers with cannons and aircrafts overhead.

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      I was there, too, mcgll. If we knew each other, we should have shook.

      Anyway, by way of reporting, Joe America’s name is like a password. It got me places. Leah Navarro sends Joe her best, saying: “Joe America loves the country more than most of us.”

      Those of you who have Facebook accounts, Leah and Jim Paredes are putting up a page titled DiNaKoPapayag (I Won’t Let it Pass). Please join it, for announcements.

      The crowd was upbeat. Smiling all the time. Which is good. Mar-Leni may be down in the surveys, may not even make it, but the next president is on notice that he or she will face the ire of the people of power, or have its support. We may not have the numbers—though still to be proven come May—but we sure have the intensity, and the love.

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        It is not the fault of The Binays … it is the fault of investigation process doing it in public to tell The Binays what they have found out and who told stories telling-a-lie so The Binays can be forewarned and gather all his 500 U.P. Lawyers how to squirm thru the Jell-O of Philippine investigative justice system.

        In my country they do not tell who the perpetrators are, method of kill, motive, time of death, etcetera …

        Bill did not even know Monica was investigated …. so was Blagojevich … Madoff … Once they have incontrovertible circumstancial evidence they swoop down and cart off BOX FULL OF EVIDENCES …

        In the Philippines, they go to Inquirer to blah! blah! blah! After press con they ask Philippine Press to gather witness accounts and piles and piles of rubbish affidavits.

        It is not the fault of Binay that he is good. We just have bad PMA investigators, UP Lawyers and Extremely bad Media. And to think they are graduates from Univesity of the Philippines and Philippine Military Academy.

        Wheeew !!!! Economically I see glimmer of progress, Judicially, NONE! NADA! ZILCH!

        That is why when Dept of Justice subpoena China on ZTE, China responded to show them evidences before they fly in …. and Hong-Kong did their own investigation of Chinese Bus Massacre in violation of Philippine sovereignty because Hong-Kong and the World do not trust those Quantico-trained CSI:Manila.

        To this day, nothing happened on ZTE. They are growing like rats globally while Philippines are assembler of knocked down electronic products and proudly trumpeted to the world it is ELECTRONIC EXPORT!

        deVeneciaIII ran to Inquirer and making stories telling-a-lie instead of gathering cartons of evidence. Today they’d rather forget about ZTE.

        So The Binays got the upperhand. Using American-style defense on Filipino-style investigation.

        Can’t Philippine Media learn at all?

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        Even Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism failed to investigate The Binays, The Marcoses, etceteras …. They investigate thru their mouth from somebody elses mouth no evidences necessary. Just Blah! Blah! Blah! and affidavits.

        In 1stWorld country, we require EVIDENCES! E-V-I-D-E-N-C-E-S. EVIDENCES!

        Oh, I forgot, Philippines is a 3rdWorld country run by 3rdworld people trying hard to be 1stWorld.

        Just imagine if they do not make a circus out of Binay investigation, nobody would buy newspapers.

        I think I will buy Inquirer’s Preen. Because Preen promotes the ex-colonist Mestizo class who are full-white, speak Spanish and whip their colored Filipino maids. Preen also promotes Filipinos are ugly and not worthy to be graced on their pages.

        Aha! ha! ha! Inquirer’s Lifestyle is so snooty snotty, they talk about not stinky adobo and pinakbet but ….

        nutella crêpes to a wintertime cassoulet pâte choux to pâte brisée to crème patissière, crème brûlée or a towering croquembouche to impress.

        Here tekalook of their ingredients. It is French blowing unpronounceables:

        apples, pears, figs, apricots, and blackberries; raspberry brûlée or peach-covered crepes.
        ingredient that epitomizes desserts to Chocolate. Brownie-like chocolate cake, not-too-sweet truffles, or a gluten-free chocolate soufflé

        WOW! TRULY WOW! These Philippine Media is livinig in Cloud Nine while the colored Filipino people are in psychedelic shacks

      • mcgll says:

        Yes, it would have been a pleasure to shake your hands. I am sure we have many common friends among the crowd. Roxas and Robredo are going to win and win big in an honest election. We, together with the millions of other Filipinos, are going to make sure this election is an honest one.

      • Joe America says:

        Leah has been great to me and the blog. She is the person who hatched the idea of me meeting Mar Roxas, and it worked out that I did. I accept her “love” comment for the compliment it represents, but I don’t think it is exactly true. I just arrive with eyes wide open, a different ethical foundation, and an ability to write. People here are just doing what they do and most love the Philippines probably more than I can, for they have made the investment here through thin and thick. Sweat equity, as it were. But we do what we do, and it is all good.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      They are barking at the wrong tree. They should go to University of the Philippines and ask them to stop producing crooks ! That is where they are trained.

      Then to Malacanang to ask Malacanang to stop funding University of the Philippines and have them investigated.

      • Joe America says:

        I think UP and the Catholic Church should be given the task of reconfiguring the ethical foundations and behavior of the nation. I agree, they seem to be the places where a lot of people pass through and come away with bad values and poor thinking. We could add the Senate, but I think there is little hope they can even grasp the concept.

  8. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Binay is just copying Donald Trump. Donald Trump said if he becomes president he will pass a law to sue New York Times for defecation of his character.

  9. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    It is not the fault of the Binays. It is the fault of the Philippine Media like it is the fault of the Philippine Media promoting Grace Poe, Duterte and The Binays BUT NOT MAR ROXAS.

    Makati is the wealthiest city in the Philippines. Wealthy and Intelligence go together, well, in my country USA. How can wealthy Filipinos living in Makati vote The Binays over and over again and handed their fate to generations of Binays.

    Why did they vote The Binays the way they did? Do they know The Binays? Because The Binays are promoted by the Philippine Media. And the Philipipne Media also made sure The Binays know what the prosecturos are up to … what they have against him … so Binay can getaway.

    • Joe America says:

      My content analysis of Inquirer headlines suggests the are pandering for Poe, they enjoy Binay and Duterte sizzle, and they are indeed burying Roxas in neglect or innuendo. A headline yesterday at one of Roxas’ huge rallies said Roxas was “begging” for support. He was not. He was asking. But that is the way they spin it. Footnote: this is not a political commentary, but a commentary on unethical journalism.

  10. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: “Hey, Joe. I thought you weren’t doing politics. What’s with the article pounding on Binay?”

    Philippine Press meddles in American politics and their hatred of Donald Trump. What is the diff? If they can attack Donald Trump, Joe can do it, too !!!

  11. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Fertilizer Scam
    Helicopter Mike
    Dona Paz
    Now, resurrected, http://opinion.inquirer.net/93418/hello-again-garci

    Wonderful thing about Philippine Media is THEY BLAME THE PERSON NOT THE SYSTEM THAT SET THEM FREE

    Something is not totally write. Something is absolutely wrong.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      If they blame the person not the system it will go on and on and on forever and ever not fixing the root of the problem.

      • karlgarcia says:

        One hundred years from now…..soon to rise.Mariano Renato Pacifico School of Forensics and Investigative Journalism.

  12. Caliphman says:

    Joe, its a brave and foolish person who is willing to defend his and every Filipino’s right to publicly express his opinion and criticism of a powerful public figure in this country, even in the face of raw legal intimidation posed by this official’s supposed phalanx of lawyers. I would echo your question where is the furor and outcry from all the self-respecting journalists and supposedly fearless bloggers who wave the flag of democracy and the constitution and now stand spineless and tongue-tied in fear of being slapped with a libel suit? Thanks for speakinh out even for these gutless wonders.

  13. He does kinda look like a rotten onion, Joe. (also enjoying MRP’s comments here 😉 )

  14. karlgarcia says:

    From Binay News,I mean Boodle News.

    Binay campaign need not resort to fabricated accusations

    March 2 2016, 4:30PM
    Two groups to recently come out and support Vice President Jejomar Binay’s candidacy for President are ANIB, an acronym for Abogado ni Binay and APOLLO, or the Alpha Phi Omega Lawyers League Organisation.

    Both groups, each composed of more than 500 lawyers from all over the Philippines, have vowed to pursue legal action against anyone found to be behind attacks on Vice President Binay in both traditional and social media.

    What does this tell us?

    First, that there are a substantial number of legally informed professionals who see that the accusations made against the VP are fabricated and are therefore contestable.

    Second, with these lawyer-volunteers on his side, there is no reason for the VP’s campaign to do it the way the Liberal Party has been revealed to do it: via alleged black ops with some lawyers from “The Firm,” a strategy that has since backfired.

    Third, that VP Binay and Senator Gringo Honasan can soldier on with their no-nonsense campaign strategy that does not resort to smear campaigns and news-hugging controversies. Because in fact one can do a campaign that focuses on issues and the needs of nation, instead of focusing on digging up dirt on personalities.***



  15. karlgarcia says:

    Not resorting to smear campaign……My foot.😡😡😡😳😳😳😳😳

    Where does all the Poe rumors come from?
    When my ears are activated in the coffee shops,some of the Binay clique my dad meets keeps on convincing him that Poe has dual personality disorder,blahblahblahck propagandA.

    These retired military guys are split in their choices.
    I have discovered another Binay group of Binay supporters.
    The National Defense College Alumni Assoc is now chaired by Binay,there goes our national security.

    • First despite being part of the administration for 5 years the Onion Man seems to not understand the UNCLOS and all the National Security concenrs that entails.

      Second in spouting SABAH rhetoric he is increasing tension between ASEAN nations when this plays into the hands of China.

      Manchurian Candidate comes to mind.

      The fact that the alumni association of that institution is supporting him foces me to brand them the new makapili.(Exempting your dad of course)

      • karlgarcia says:

        I just checked that he is not an alumni of NDCP( I thought he was),he is just a part of the think tank and a thesis adiviser/panel.
        Yes,I am disappointed that the NDCP alumni are supporting Binay.
        The RAMboys too because of Honasan.The Guardians headed by Danny Lim.

  16. edgar lores says:

    1. Now, now. let’s not be too harsh on the man.

    2. I concede he may be somewhat of a rotten onion — or apple, tomato, or banana — but he is a perfectly rotten one.

    3. I disagree with Vicara in that he has no core. I think he has a perfectly rotten core. And it is manifested in his many manifestations.

    4. Aren’t there reasons to rejoice when he plans to suss out those dangerous makers of dank and libellous memes and to fire that effective BIR Commissioner Henares on assuming the presidency?

    5. The last is a brilliant strategy. There is no need for a government agency to collect taxes. Eliminate the middleman and everything can go directly into his pockets and those of his accomplices.

    6. Perfect.

  17. Bill in Oz says:

    I think it is interesting; the Filipino people seem to be conducting the campaign with a purely internal focus…But the people & governments of of other nations are interested observers..If Binay wins it would hard for him (with his plundering reputation) to be respected by the governments of the wider region …Although the current prime minister of Malaysia faces similar corruption accusations involving over a billion US dollars that was deposited in his bank account

  18. cha says:

    Binay is a rotten onion, no doubt. And the 500 lawyers are the fungi that feed on his rotten core. Little black dots they are, telltale signs of the onset of decay. They do more ham than good and only serve to make their host look even more disgusting. It is hard to tell which of them, the host or the infection, stink more. Both give off a nauseating putrid smell, getting stronger as their coexistence prospers. The fungus causes the host to wilt and lose form, the core gets softer and becomes completely taken over by the disease that afflicts its being. And then all that remains is the stench and the almost liquified reminders of what once was an onion that got thrown in the bucket destined for the pig farm. The fungus find themselves another host.

  19. karlgarcia says:

    This is why Binay is pro dynasty.

    1 libel suit he calls it “harassment”. 1 yr & 25 hearings against my family he calls it “searching for truth”
    — Nancy Binay (@nancybinay) February 2, 2016

    Kung qualified naman,bakit nyo pagkakait na maupo sa pwesto?

  20. Vicara says:

    This just out, on Binay’s savior political strategist–Ronnie Puno, supposedly a mastermind who engineered the presidential wins of Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo. The campaign activities identified in the article–walking the palengkes, etc–are hardly rocket science. The overarching strategy is really the backroom deal-making.


  21. andrewlim8 says:

    Sent you an email.

    • karlgarcia says:

      Psst Irineo,remember how you reacted when you first read Andrew’s I sent an email? 😜😛
      yan kasi.

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