What Will Mr. Jojo Binay Do? (Updated)
The onus IS on Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Now the offer is for him to lead the probe into GMA’s alleged wrongdoings.
During his time, President Fidel Valdez Ramos had similarly faced the conundrum of working with a spare tire who was not his running mate
Now somewhat of an urban legend is the yarn that the idea for then action star-turned-VP to head an anti-crime entity began as a joke – a way of keeping Erap out of the hair of the cigar chomping FVR.
Thus was born the Presidential Anti Crime Commission.
But Estrada was not one to be sidelined.
So the PACC became his springboard to the presidency, trouncing FVR’s own chosen successor (now former Speaker Jose De Venecia) in the 1998 elections.
This time around, with exiting President Arroyo certain to face criminal charges for her alleged wrongdoings (plunder, human rights violations, etc.), the proposal to make her account for the allegations have ranged from the creation of a South Africa-inspired truth commission, and now the office being proffered to Mr. Binay given his record as a human rights lawyer.
Will Binay keep up his scornful tampo over not getting the interior and local government portfolio or will he step up to the plate and become the activist Vice President that he aspires to be?
It no looks like the incoming Vice President has decided to cool his heels for now.
Binay media officer Joey Salgado:
Vice President Binay respects President Erap’s advice but he has already decided to decline any position in the Cabinet so that he would no longer add to the problems facing President Noynoy Aquino. He’s not going to accept any position.
The statement follows Binay’s earlier assurance that he will support the President.
What form will that avowed ‘support’ take?
Could this mean that Binay will become the ‘constructive fiscalizer’ within the Aquino administration, if such a role is possible?
Surely the politically astute man that he is, Mr. Binay will not be portrayed as one who’ll simply sulk in his own office during the next six years.
Neither will he let anyone think that he’ll just be cooking up something. Most certainly not.
The onus remains with him.
It may be worthwhile for the Vice President to revisit this immortal sonnest:
When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait
John Milton (On His Blindness)