By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
I asked recently the eloquent and inquisitive Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who is the worst nightmare of Vice President Jejomar Binay, why of all those incriminating charges he throws at the Vice President in the sub-committee level of the Blue Ribbon Committee his polls stock falls 5% in June to 1% September this year according to Pulse Asia.
|Author (R) in a tete-a-tete recently with Senator Alan Peter|
“You have been the one doing the yeoman’s job in exposing the Vice President that cost a significant chunk of his polls stock why that happened to you, too?, “ I posed to him.
Although he is still No. 1 in the polls war, Social Weather Station showed Binay dropped by 15% or from +67 in June to +52 in September this year.
This was what the Senator told me:
“If you’re to ask me to speculate, kung isipin bakit. Alam niyo kung tuwing may makakabangga ako, there are three things in common. No. 1, they are untouchable na matataas na ta-o na nasa poder. No.2 they are usually very popular, and No. 3 they have the means na sira-an ka. So noong nakalaban ko si President (Gloria M.) Arroyo at First Gentleman Mike Arroyo tandaan mo popular pa sila noong time noon. Baka hindi ninyo pa maalaala iyon but once upon a time very popular si GMA. But 2004 nag opposition na kami noong kapapanalo pa lang niya”.
He expounded on his No.2 observation. He said when he clashed with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on the Christmas bonuses issues among the senators Enrile was at the peak of his popularity thanks to the mileage he got from the impeachment versus Chief Justice Renato Corona when he show cased his prowess on debates and his in- depth knowledge in law and jurisprudence before the hoi-poloi.
Cayetano cited also the timing of his expose’ against Binay and the Vice President’s propaganda juggernaut that trained and blasted its guns to him.
“Ang kanyang dirty tricks department, iyong abugadong kaklase at kabarkada ng kanyang anak pinaylan ako ng plunder. Pina-radyo nila all over the country at pina-front page sa pages ng mga diario ang plunder, etc”.
He said some Filipinos probably smirked on his searching and searing stance on the sub committee level of the Blue Ribbon Committee that investigate the alleged illegal wealth and below board transaction of the Binays.
He said if the people want him to continue exposing the corrupt officials in the country because that is their concern, he said it is an honor to heed their call.
“I’m not fixated (to the presidency) but I’ll continue to do my job then”.
He said however to see in the survey what happen to his presidential stocks in the middle of next year if the Filipinos really want him to win the presidential derby in the 2016 poll.
“Ang surveys naman pag makikita naman sabihin pag mataas ka sa survey, tama ang survey. Pag mababa ka mahirap din sabihin na gusto ka ng ta-o pag tingin mo sa survey mababa ka. So ako practical ako na tao, hindi ko inaalis ang pagiging idealistic kahit na practical”.
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