Why Now?

March 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm 6 comments

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President Benigno Aquino III (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has a year left in office, but certain groups can’t wait for him to finish his term. They want him to step down right now either voluntarily or through a popular people uprising similar to the one that toppled President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

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Photo Mr. & Mrs. Jose Cojuangco (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

These include his uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr. and his wife, former Tarlac Governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, the National Transformation Council, and the left-wing AnakBayan party.

The more I look into it, the more I’m convinced that their opposition to President Aquino has nothing to do with the national interest.

Considering the personalities involved, it’s becoming clear that it’s personal and making sure that whoever the president supports as his successor doesn’t win. For the Cojuangcos, it must be the feeling of being slighted by the president’s failure to promote the family interests. For the bishops and members of the clergy, it must be for his support of the RH bill and his aversion to showering them with monetary gifts and SUVs. For allies of former President Gloria Arroyo, it must be for their nostalgia for the good old days when they held power and unlimited access to government funds. But for left-wing folks, I’m not really sure. If anything, it must be for their desire to stay relevant and be talked about in the media.

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (Photo Credit: Philippine Inquirer)

In the event that President Aquino resigns, a two-year interim government is proposed. Margarita Cojuangco was quoted as saying Vice President Jejomar Binay would lead it. The rest of those clamoring for the president’s resignation would only be too happy to agree. The only problem is that they are all corrupt as corrupt can be. When they were in power, the Philippines was rated by Transparency International as very corrupt. Under President Aquino, corruption has been mitigated somewhat.

For these people opposing President Aquino, the only logical choice to replace him is Vice President Jejomar Binay because they believe he shares the same values. The Filipino people used to agree with them. He topped polls as Aquino’s likely successor. But his popularity has stumbled since the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings revealed anomalies during his stint as mayor of the city of Makati. Among other things, he had been linked to pocketing millions in overpricing and kickbacks from the city’s infrastructure projects. That he became very rich on a mayor’s salary doesn’t help.

So the question of why now? Why can’t they wait for next year to elect his successor as mandated by the constitution? I believe the reason is because they’re afraid that their candidate Binay might not win the popular vote. As a result, they might as well scrap next year’s elections while they can.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nelle  |  March 3, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Ugh those Cojuangcos are just embarrassing themselves. It’s already hard dealing with Kris Aquino but now their aunt and uncle are suddenly speaking out trying to ruin their nephew’s reputation (I believe they even told the media that Noynoy is mentally ill. Like why the hell would you say that?)

    I do not like Noynoy but I want him to finish his term because I hate Binay even more. And I will remember every politician and political party supporting Binay so I won’t vote for them in the next election.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

      nelle:

      to add insult to injury, i heard rumors that the aquino sisters are pushing for binay, too. if binay becomes president, i’m afraid he’d be worse than gloria arroyo.

      Reply
  • 3. Teresa  |  March 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

    It is scary when a nation or millions of people are in the hands of such people…

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    • 4. plaridel  |  March 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

      teresa:

      the people who support these politicians and supposedly men of god are similar to a fool who picks up a rock and hits himself with it. unfortunately, in the philippines money talks.

      Reply
  • 5. Suzanne Joshi  |  March 4, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Interesting . I guess time will tell. Well done, Plaridel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 6. plaridel  |  March 4, 2015 at 9:44 am

      suzanne:

      president aquino is facing his biggest crisis in his presidency, but i think he’ll make it. majority of the people are still behind him.

      Reply

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