Vice-President Jejomar Binay it is! After the dust has settled, Congress will proclaim Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay as Noynoy Aquino’s vice-president. With this, the shape of the Aquino government can already be glimpsed, assuming the cooperation between the top man his possible assistant, deputy, team member, or just a spare tire.
To be sure, Noynoy’s running mate, Senator Mar Roxas may still file a protest before the Presidential electoral Tribunal, and thus maintain a challenge of sort. The main benefit of this exercise should be the actual test of the automated election system–to know its practical strengths and weaknesses and, of course, if the system has been compromised by the various attempts to cheat the system.
Vice-President Binay offers both advantages and dangers to Noynoy’s government. VP Binay has unique advantages in his capability to reach out to the masses who do not identify with the yellow crowd, in negotiating with the traditional politicians in the other parties (non-LP), and in having the expertise in dealing with LGUs and their problems. In the best of time, he may be a major asset to the Aquino government.
On the danger side, there is the cloud of suspicious corrupt activities surrounding his Makati stint–a major handicap in an administration wearing the anti-corruption clothes. There is also the objective reality of a potential presidentiable in the 2016 elections–as the others with similar plans can only warily watch.
How VP Binay will function in the six years of the Aquino government is entirely up to Noynoy. He can stress the advantages, the dangers, or a bit of both.
One thing is clear: VP Binay’s vice-presidency will not be a quiet, benign, or boring one. He can be an attack dog or he can be a defender of the faith. Whatever it is, we will have six years of it.
Congratulations, Vice-President Binay.