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PIA Press Release
2006/10/23

Commentary: Despite TRO on Binay’s suspension, let’s wait, truth will prevail

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (23 October) -- Mayor Jejomar Binay’s move of calling all his friends, opposition and other people to join him in protest against his suspension together with former President Cory Aquino and former Vice President Teofisto Guingona at his side was a funny thing. That call was a flop and no reason for alarm, it was only a melodrama.

The Filipino people can not at all be persuaded to support such move, they know what’s best for them – they chose to enjoy the gains of progress that the Government is giving and now doing.

Other reports said that a thousand troops stood on alert for any violence that might occur in Makati when Binay wore a battle gear (marine’s uniform ) but he appeared to be a funny man, when he removed it immediately the other day when Public Information Officer Chief Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro told him that he can be charged in court for illegally wearing a military uniform under Article of War No. 97 or conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline. “Siempre, bibigat ang kaso niya sabi nila.”

Binay’s defiance is a conduct unbecoming of a government official. He’s not a good sport. He should have shown statesmanship rather than brash displays of stubborn hooliganism. Respect the suspension order issued by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and DILG Secretary Rony Puno then come out to face accusations in court should have been the best move instead of cowering in his office causing a protracted political disturbance, hamper normal operations of businesses and offices in the Philippines’ business capital

On the Court of Appeals TRO re Binay’s suspension, we appreciate the administration’s show of respect in the decision of the court as a “good sport” as the Executive Branch adheres to the rule of law and not the rule of mob.

Well, some sources observed that the TRO defused the crisis caused by Binay and those coddling him and temporarily he was spared but that’s not the end. Binay is not yet off the hook, we believe the DILG and the Government’s legal team will do what subsequent actions are to be rendered and will continue the crackdown on the reported ghost employees in Makati City Hall and other government agencies.

Previous reports stressed that the Administration’s move of cleansing the bureaucracy is not based on politics but on the resolve of instituting substantial reforms in governance as part of the Arroyo Government’s to make the Philippines a First World country in the near future.

Therefore, we appeal to the opposition not to add fire anymore to the issue on Binay because we believe the Administration just acted in good faith on the complaint filed before the Executive, sans any partisan considerations as wrongly insinuated by the opposition. (PIA La Union) [top]

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