Does anyone care that Mayor Junjun Binay is facing a graft and malversation case?
Don’t you know who he is?
(SPOT.ph) Today, there were two flag ceremonies in Makati and aside from being silly, it is also cumbersome. In particular, the employees aren’t sure who approves what and the people don’t know from whom to ask for birthday cake. We’re joking about the baked goods.
We’re also not too serious about describing the "standoff" as silly, because it’s actually pretty clever. As far as dodging goes, this is like watching that scene from The Matrix for the first time. Everyone’s talking about the suspension and only a dedicated few are moving past that fracas to focus on the cause: graft, malversation and falsification of documents in connection with the allegedly overpriced Makati parking building.
At least Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales had the balls to call the Mayor out for using a "hakot" system to create a barricade around the City Hall. Everyone else is stopping short of saying that the young Binay is acting a wee bit uncooperative and the lengths taken to avoid his case at the Ombudsman seem mighty suspicious.
Yes, it does seem like the DILG and other departments are uncharacteristically eager to serve the suspension order-but isn’t anyone else bothered by the fact that the City Hall had a festive few days of free food, Zumba classes, and screenings of FPJ movies while their mayor fought to stay in power? In a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, some of his constituents admitted that they believe Mayor Binay might be involved in corrupt practices, but they’re still grateful that he’s at least generous with free services.
People are unwilling to see what’s in plain sight, even when there’s a video showing an attitude consistent with the defiance Mayor Binay has for the Ombudsman’s authority:
We love cake and free health care as much as the next person. We just know that there’s almost always a catch.