On April 27, during an election forum organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in a church, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay and her brother, also her political rival, got into a pretty heated argument. Abby says that her brother said some pretty nasty things to her, including something about her husband Luis Campos, and these all happened infront of their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
According to reports, everything started when Abby, during her speech, said that the other candidates should stop spreading lies about her, which triggered her brother. When she returned to her seat beside Junjun, the siblings immediately got into it and were separated.
‘Banana Sundae,’ formerly known as ‘Banana Split,’ a gag show that has been around since 2008, did a skit of the entire situation last Sunday.
The Binays are known for their darker than usual skin tone, and this feature have has been made fun of before. The skit showed three people playing Abby, Junjun, and Jejomar, with their faces painted in black.
Netizen Joey Lazaro aired his frustration by posting that “A skit was shown in Banana Sundae with the intent of having a spoof of the Binay incident that happened last week. The show just used black face to portray the Binay siblings including their father, our former Vice President.
Dear ABS-CBN , how could you allow such insensitivity to happen? NOT FUNNY AT ALL.”
The Facebook post has nearly 8k likes and has been shared over 6k times.
Netizens felt that the skit was disrespectful and ‘racist.’ They also criticized ABS-CBN for allowing it to be aired. But a good amount of netizens were not concerned about it and actually found the whole skit to be funny.
Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to justify state violence. In the 20th-century in America, non-black actors used blackface to portray black people that created racist stereotypes. After the civil rights movement, blackface was labeled offensive and unacceptable by modern standards of political correctness.
Here in the Philippines, unlike in the west, we have no known history of slavery. Nobody enslaved the native Aetas, and they are closest to being black than any indigenous group in the country, and that is the reason why Filipinos still do not understand why the blackface is offensive.
There have been blackface issues in the past, for example ‘Bubble Gang’ making a skit about NBA Star LeBron James, the show ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ ‘Nita Negrita,’ and a few others.
Twitter users had something to say about it too.
This was shown early today in ABS-CBN's Banana Sundae. With intent of having a spoof on the Binay incident last week, the show did not realize how offensive the entire skit is. pic.twitter.com/Y7khUEPVkU
— JP—Link—Okra—Ewww (@dumidyeypee) May 5, 2019
Aren't these comedians informed that black face or body painting for humor is a distasteful humor. They wanted to make a humor of the Binays fighting but what the hell were they even thinking.
The Siblings' Fight | Banana Sundae https://t.co/F8AqSAjUdI via @YouTube
— pats (@patjsdc) May 5, 2019
Still undecided for the May 9 elections? Here are some reasons you should give that vote to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
1. Tax Reform
If there is one candidate who is a staunch supporter of tax reforms, it is Jejomar Binay. We need a leader who has the will to push for tax reform bill in Congress and start overhauling our taxation system.
2. Outstanding Mayor
Binay has a proven track record in the city of Makati. Makati is synonymous to progress and development—the same things he envisions for the whole country.
3. Hard working
He has been relentless in doing his campaign activities around the country. In a report by Rappler, Binay’s efforts to campaign for his presidential bid started even as early as five years ago.
With the May 9 elections just a few weeks away, traditional politicking and mudslinging are rapidly intensifying between candidates.
In a recent interview in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte, Vice-President Jejomar Binay told the reporters that he will create an independent investigation body that will look into allegations surrounding Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his association with the Davao Death Squad:
“Kung ako ang maging presidente, ipakukulong ko ang mamamatay-bata at pumapapatay ng mga mahihirap….Sisiguraduhin ko na paparusahan ang Davao Death Squad kasama na si Duterte na ilang beses nang umaming siya ang Davao Death Squad.”
(“If I am to become the President, child-killers and those who kill the poor will be sent to jail. I will make sure that the Davao Death Squad along with Duterte who on many occasions admitted that he is the Davao Death Squad.”)
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer previously gave statements against Duterte and his supporters, and this more adversarial stance is just a follow-through of this.
“Sa mahabang panahon, napakaraming murder cases (sa Davao)…at inamin mismo ni Duterte na siya ng Davao Death Squad. Pumapatay sila nang walang pakundangan at walang prosesong sinusunod. Mai-tsismis ka lang at sila’y naniniwala, papatayin ka na,” Binay added.
(“For a long time, there have been many reported cases (in Davao), and Duterte admitted that he is the Davao Death Squad himself. They murder without inhibitions and do not follow no due process. If there is a rumor about you and then they believe it as so, then you will be killed,” Binay added.)
The Vice-President would like Duterte, who has “admitted” on many occasions about his involvement in alleged extra-judicial killings and the Davao Death Squad, to defend himself to the independent body that he plans to create if ever he gets to be elected as President of the Philippines this election 2016.
As the 2016 Philippine election on May 9 draws near, the campaigning and the mudslinging between candidates intensifies as Filipinos get ready to vote.
In a statement released by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer and current Vice-President Jejomar Binay, he labeled Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a national executioner (“pambansang berdugo“) and his followers as cyberbullies.
“Hindi ka pa presidente Mister berdugong mamamatay tao pero alam na ng mga tao na kapag ikaw ay manalo – huwag naman sana – ay bawal na silang magsalita, bawal kumontra.”
(“You are still not the President Mister executioner but people are already aware that if you win—hopefully not—that people will be prohibited to speak or put up an opposition.”)
“Kapag sinabi nila ito, lalo na sa social media, hindi lang binabastos, tinatakot pa. Wala nang kalayaan magsabi ng kontra nilang opinyon sapagkat sila ay tinatakot, sinasabihan na gagahasain at papatayin,”
(“If they speak out about this matter, especially on social media, they are not just harassed but threatened as well. There will no longer be freedom to express their opposing opinions because they are threatened with rape or even murder.”)
“Palagi mo na lang tinatakot ang mga mahihirap. Palagi mo na lang pinapatay ang mahihirap. Pinagyayabang mo na ipagpapatuloy mo ang pagpatay sa mahihirap at mga pinagsususpetsahan mo na lumabag sa batas kapag ikaw ay magiging pangulo. Hindi ako papayag sa maling ginagawa mo.”
(“You always threaten the poor. You always kill the poor. You brag about continuing to kill the poor and those you suspect of violating the law if ever you are to become the President. I will not allow your wrongdoing.”)
“Hindi na natatakot ang mga tao sa pangbubully ng mga taga-suporta mo, lalo na online. Lalabanan namin ang masamang gawain mo.”
(“People are no longer afraid of the bullying done by your supporters specially online. We will fight your wrongdoings.”)
Here is the TV Patrol news clip on Mar Roxas and Binay criticizing Duterte:
This recent more adversarial stand by Binay against Duterte may be traced to the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from March 30 to April 2 commissioned by BusinessWorld. The survey saw 27% of the respondents pick Duterte as their President.
In the past, Duterte also had strong words for Binay:
Former presidential poll favorites Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Grace Poe have been overtaken by Vice President Jejomar Binay in the latest Pulse Asia survey.
Inquirer reports that the survey was conducted from December 4 to 11, 2015 and involved 1,800 people who answered the survey nationwide. The results revealed that 33 percent of respondents would choose Binay over the other presidential candidates.
According to Pulse Asia, “If the May 2016 elections were held during the survey period, 33% of Filipinos would elect Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay as the country’s next president. Two candidates find themselves sharing second place-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte with 23 percent and Senator Grace S. Poe with 21%.”
Binay ranked highest in the poll among NCR respondents at 30%. He also gained 34% of the votes from Luzon and Visayas.
Of the votes from the Mindanao respondents, 43% were in favor of voting for Duterte as president.
For Class E, Binay retained his grip where 42% of the respondents were in favor of him for next year’s polls. He also got the highest votes from Class D with 30%.
Binay used to be the undisputed leader in presidential polls until corruption accusations caused his ratings to fall.
Administration bet Mar Roxas II ranked fourth with 17%, and fifth was Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago with 4%.
Senator Chiz Escudero is still the frontrunner for the vice presidential race, with 29% of respondents in his favor for next year’s election. Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. followed with 23% of respondents in his favor.
Third in rank is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 18% and the fourth is Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo with 14%. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV had four percent while Senator Gringo Honasan had nine percent.
On a final note, Pulse Asia said that “no religious, political, economic, or partisan group influenced any of these processes.”
Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are models of correct governance. This was in reaction to Duterte’s declaration that he would support Binay’s candidacy if his own presidential bid would be rejected by the Commission on Elections. In a previous statement, Duterte had said he would support Binay over his former friend, 2016 Presidentiable Mar Roxas.
According to an ABS-CBN news report, Binay said that he is thankful for Duterte’s vote of confidence. Moreover, Binay expressed good wishes for Duterte. According to Binay, he and Duterte have comparable track records and are competent to run for higher office. He also said that both of them had similar beginnings and that they are examples of correct governance in the executive department. Binay stated, “Kami ay models ng correct governance sa executive department.” (We are models of correct governance in the executive department).
Duterte and Roxas have been trading barbs ever since Roxas alleged that the peace in Davao City is a myth. Roxas’s remarks provoked Duterte to answer back and say that the real myth is Roxas’s Wharton School of Economics credentials.
Now that it is clear that Davao Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte isn’t running for president (but many people believe he might still make a last-minute pitch as a substitute candidate), who would get the votes of his supporters? Would his withdrawal from the race benefit the administration’s standard bearer or would others be getting these of votes?
It seems that depending on who is talking, any one of the major presidential candidates is going to receive those votes but for those in the Senate, only DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe, and Vice President Jejomar Binay are believed to benefit from Duterte’s decision. Netizens on social media might say they will be voting for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago but many senators believe it would be Roxas or Poe who might get those votes.
When Duterte was asked by reporters about this matter, his answer was quite surprising: Binay. The mayor refused to expound on his answer, however, choosing as always to remain mysterious. It is possible, of course, that he chose Binay because the vice president had spent many hours with him on campaign sorties in Davao when it was believed that he would become Binay’s running mate yet, according to the Inquirer, Duterte insisted that such a thing was never discussed between the two of them.
It is the administration’s standard bearer, Roxas, who would benefit a lot from Duterte’s withdrawal, claims Senate President Franklin Drilon; saying, “The field is now down to three…it’s better. We are the administration. You will have two representing the opposition.”
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has a different opinion, however; he believes Poe would get the votes, supposedly based on his party’s (Magdalo) latest nationwide survey. Based on this survey, Poe will get 44.8% of the votes, Binay 28.9%, and Roxas 22.6%.
Of course, these senators could simply be picking these candidates because of their party/affiliation. After all, Drilon is under the administration and is expected to support the Liberal Party’s (LP) candidate while Trillanes is sure to support Magdalo’s bet or someone the party is endorsing which is, in this case, Poe.
But what about Sen. Santiago? Well, the final answer will be determined on the day of the elections – that is the only thing that is for sure in this race. For we’re still not even sure whether Duterte will make a surprise announcement before the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) final December 10 deadline for the substitution of candidates.
Featured image credits: PhilNews, MBC, Canadian Inquirer, Sun Star
Heneral Luna, directed by Jerrold Tarog and starring John Arcilla, continues to generate rave reviews. Recently, it was announced that the film is the country’s official entry to the 2016 Oscars’ Foreign Language Film category. Film-goers have praised it for its breathtaking cinematography, emotionally-stirring plot and dialogue, and masterful acting. Critics and casual viewers alike are gushing over it, and apparently, you can now count the vice president as a fan.
Earlier today on his official Facebook page, Vice President Jejomar Binay revealed that he and daughter, Senator Nancy Binay, had just seen the film. He praised the cast and crew, expressing awe and admiration for their work.
“Kakatapos lang po namin kasama si Nancy Binay manood ng #HeneralLuna. Napakagandang pelikula. Saludo ako sa lahat ng gumanap at gumawa ng pelikulang ito! Inaanyayahan ko po kayong manood. Mabuhay ang Pilipino! (Just finished watching #HeneralLuna with Nancy Binay. What a beautiful film. I salute the cast and everyone involved in making the movie! I am inviting everyone to watch it. Long live the Filipino!”)
Binay then ends post with a quote from the film: “Kung panaginip lamang ang umasa sa pag-unlad, managinip tayo hanggang kamatayan.” (If hoping for progress is but a dream, then let us all dream until death takes us.)
In just a matter of hours, the VP’s post already generated over 190 replies, over 4,000 likes, and over 60 shares and counting.
Some netizens immediately expressed outrage, noting the irony that a film which touches on patriotism and corruption in government is being praised by an official who himself is being accused of graft and corruption.
“Sus! Kung buhay ka ng mga panahong iyon, malamang tinawag ka na din niyang traydor! At pag lumabas ka sa kulungan, ARTIKULO UNO ka!!! (Jeez, If you were around at that time, he (Luna) would probably have called you a traitor, too! And when you come out of jail, you would have been slapped with an artikulo uno!)” Exclaimed FB user Jenny Santiago, “Ganda kasi nung pelikula—tungkol sa pagmamahal at pagsilbi ng tunay sa bansa. Nakikisakay ito, kala mo totoo! (It’s a beautiful film about love and honest service to the country, and he (Binay) is riding on it, pretending to be truthful!)”
“Ang tindi ng pagka-epal eh.” Netizen Peter Cantero agrees, using the colloquial term for “butting in” (epal.) In this instance, Cantero is probably alluding to Binay riding on the film’s popularity. He further adds, ” Siyempre lahat ng paraan gagawin nyan. Nakiki-aldub nga rin yan eh. Halata namang di nanunuod. (Of course he’ll do everything. He’s even trying to ride on the aldub phenomenon, when it’s obvious he doesn’t even watch.)”
Another user, Marl Boro, reacted with sarcasm “Binay, penge ng passes! Ung may nakalagay na pangalan mo ha! Ung tulad ng ginawa mo sa Candy at Rosary at Relief Pack. (Binay, give me passes to the movie! The ones with your name on it, like the candies and rosaries and relief packs that you hand out.)”
But, this being the VP’s official page, dozens of Binay’s fans chimed in their support.
“Daming haters ni binay di na iniisip mga sinsabi basta sir binay tuloy lang sa adikhain mo (A lot of haters saying things without thinking. Just continue to do your job, sir,”) encourages user Jim Juatan.
FB user Marilou Caragdag sounded very ominous: “ka binay tandaan nlang nten mga name nila..para may magpa softdrinks pag v binay nanalo..digital na ngaun dali mhanap isang tao.. (Ka Binay, let’s take note of their names. They’ll treat us to a round of softdrinks once you win. In this digital age, it’s easy to track down people.”)
Khim Tolentino, on the other hand, took the opportunity to make her wishes known. “Sana po kpg naging presidente ka po lahat n mbgyan ng mgandang trabaho at ipatupad po yung wlang height requirement at mdali nlang mkpasok (I hope that when you become president, you can give employment to everyone, and make it so that there are no height requirements and it’s easy to get the job.”)
User Salvador Rossi, Jr. seemingly answered the quote Binay got from the film. “Hindi namin kailangan managinip kung nasa tungkulin kayo ay gumawa ng tapat at di maka sarili (We don’t need to dream if you are in service and are doing your job honestly and unselfishly.),” he says.
People know Cynthia Patag best as the trying to be Lolita-like Cynthia Chavez, daughter to Gloria Romero’s alcoholic Tita Minerva in Palibhasa, Lalake. Aside from acting, she is also known for her comedy and her booming and sultry singing voice. But what some may not know is that after retiring from Palibhasa Lalake, and showbiz altogether, she entered the world of politics.
In 2000, Patag worked as a consultant for the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and wrote speeches for then DILG Secretary Alfredo Lim. She has also been identified with activists and the Bayan Muna group. Patag has never been shy in dishing out her criticisms of the government. And just yesterday, she showed her political colors once again when she posted on her Facebook page, an open letter to Vice President Jejomar Binay. It goes:
“As early as Grade School, my classmates and I were taught that the Vice-President should have the President’s back for the sake of our nation.
Kaya nagtataka ako kung bakit mo siya sinisiraan ng marahas. (That is why it puzzles me why you violently criticize the president now.) Seems all you do is tell us Filipinos about the supposedly ‘palpak’ governance of Pnoy – lahat na ‘ata ng kapalpakan kasalanan niya pati Yolanda – (every sin and mishap he has committed including Yolanda) before segueing to how you will transform the entire Philippine archipelago into a First World country. In six years.
Ang taong gustong tumulong, taos puso ang pagnanais na makagawa ng pagbabago, ay kayang gawin ang mga pagbabagong ito ng hindi kinakailangang maluklok sa pwesto na palaging may kasamang media for the publicity. (A person who wants to help, who is sincere in his desire for change, can accomplish change even without getting elected into public office and without the media publicity.)
If you think you’d be incredibly outstanding as Philippine President in 2016, what exactly have you done during your 5 years as VP – apart from relentlessly campaigning for yourself as President in May 2016?
I sensed your vile agenda a decade or so ago. All those acts of charity, paid for with Makati taxpayers’s money, lacked genuineness: you were promoting yourself.
Every opportunity you can get, you grab it, make sure you make the most of it. All your ‘help’ in the form of relief goods, rosaries, school supplies, free education, Senior Citizen’s birthday cake and free movies, etc.,yes, they are commendable. If only your intentions are pure.
Every single thing you give to poor people, comes with a gratitude reminder. Those relief bags with your name printed on it – ha! Even the rosary bracelets have your initial “B” printed boldly on the cross. Santissima—sacrilege!
When the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee invited you to explain your astounding wealth, you refused the invitation—three times. You said you’ve already been judged by the taong bayan.
Yes, we have judged you—as a pathetic coward! A person who is innocent of graft and plunder charges levelled at him by the Ombudswoman, can’t wait to clear his name by telling the truth.
And can you and your family, please, please stop acting as if the Binay dynasty owns Makati? You did not build Makati, the Zobels did. “Where did all our money go?” perplexed Makati taxpayers silently ask themselves whenever the see the squalid shanties of ‘the other Makati.’
You’ll sleep well tonight. There won’t be a persistent conscience to haunt you. Because you don’t have one.”
She ends her letter with a good night and signs it off as “Pinay” with a smiling emoticon. She also encourages everyone to repost the open letter.
Vice President Jejomar Binay gave his own version of the State of the Nation Address in Cavite a week after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino gave his at the Batasan complex last week. While Binay enumerated the failures of the Aquino administration for the past five years, he praised heroic and notable Filipinos, particularly the Special Action Force (SAF) whom he used in his tirade against PNoy.
At the end of his “true” SONA, Binay called out Aquino’s apparent silence on the SAF 44 in his SONA.
Binay said, “Sa Mamasapano, apatnapu’t apat ang nagbuwis ng buhay at marami ang sugatan. Ngunit kahit pahapyaw, hindi nabanggit ang kanilang kabayanihan sa SONA. Kahit TY ay wala. [Forty-four lives were sacrificed and many were hurt in the Mamasapano encounter, but there was not even a mere mention of their bravery in the SONA. Not even a thank you.]”
He added, “Buti pa ang hair stylist at fashion designer, kasama sa mahabang listahan ng pinasalamatan. [But he (Aquino) didn’t forget to include his hair stylist and fashion designer in his long list of names to thank.]”
Many were astounded by this statement of VP Binay and called him a hypocrite for using the SAF 44 as a means to bash the current administration. This is in reference to his clash with the police when his son Jun-jun Binay was suspended as mayor of Makati City. The younger Binay had refused to step down and leave the city hall premises, thus ensuing in a heated argument with enforcers.
VP Binay had had a heated argument with Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias, deputy director of the Southern Police District, who was in charge of the operation and refused to remove the barricades.
Jamias said the vice president berated him and repeatedly poked at his name plate.
”Kinuwelyuhan, tinulak, dinuro ako, ginanun ang pangalan ko, [He pushed, pointed his finger at me and poked my nameplate as if insulting my name,]” said Jamias.