United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) leader Jejomar Binay believes that the Liberal Party (LP) has been planting the seeds of a “dictatorship” ever since President Benigno Aquino III came to power.
Binay, the incumbent Vice President who by next year wants to be Chief Executive, came up with this rather bold accusation after piecing together the events of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment and recent pronouncements from LP politikos regarding the 2016 elections.
Binay surmised that the impeachment of Corona was just the “first part” of the plan. In fact, he bared in an radio interview that he personally told Aquino that he was wrong in pursuing the chief magistrate’s removal.
“Mayroong pagkakataon na ang gusto ni Pangulo ay napag-usapan namin. Nag one on one kami. Yung kay Justice Corona sabi ko sa kanya nagkakamali ka diyan dahil sinisira mo na iyong Konstitusyon,” Binay told Bombo Radyo Pangasinan.
Corona, whom the Aquino government accused of being partisan to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was impeached by the House of Representatives (HOR) in December 2011.
In May 2012, the Senate found Corona guilty of violating Article II of the Articles of Impeachment filed against him pertaining to his failure to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth to the public. This made him the first Philippine magistate to be impeached and convicted.
Binay then pointed out statements from Aquino’s co-LP members in Congress, which, according to him, reveal that they want to remain in power for 18 years.
“Kamakailan, sa kanilang grupo na mismo nanggaling na 18 years they want to be in power. The first part is to destroy the institution and the third part is putting up a dictatorial government,” theorized the UNA chairman.
Earlier, LP congressmen claimed that the best tandem for the ruling party in 2016 would be Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for president and Senator Grace Poe for vice president.
They said that a Roxas victory in 2016 followed by a Poe presidency beginning 2022 would be equal to 18 years of good governance, taking into account the Aquino administration which started in 2010.
A tenure in Malacañang last six years. (Randy K. Ortega)