NewcomerÂ Senator Grace PoeÂ leftÂ Vice President Jejomar Binay choking in her dustÂ in the latest survey on preferred 2016Â presidential contenders
She is now Number 1 nationwideÂ at 30%, theÂ May 30 to June 5 survey conducted by Pulse Asia found.Binay gaggedÂ in Poeâ€™s dust atÂ 22%.
Poe looks set to further widen that lead, as persistent scandals drag backÂ Â Binayâ€™s standing.
Just before the survey publication ,for instance,Â the Supreme Court, scrapped the bid by Binayâ€™s Makati mayor son to get three justices â€“ Lourdes Serreno, Antonio Caprio and Martin VillaramaÂ â€“Â toÂ inhibit from hearing graft charges. TheseÂ Â link also theÂ other family members..
â€œThe justicesÂ indicated they are not voluntarily inhibiting,â€ Court spokesman Theodore Ti said in aÂ press briefing. â€œThatâ€™s it.”
On March 17, Serreno, along with associate justices Caprio and Villarama Jr,Â junkedÂ Makati mayor Jejomar ErwinÂ Binay Jr to inhibit themselves from hearing the Ombudsmanâ€™s petitiion in . connection with overpricing in construction of the P2.3 billionÂ Makati City Hall Building II.
Before the high court was Ombudsman ConchitaÂ Carpio MoralesÂ petition to stopÂ the Court of Appealâ€™s April 6Â Â writ of preliminary injunction, in Binayâ€™s favor.
ThatÂ indefinite stretched a 60-day temporary restraining order it earlier directed.
Early June, the Binay counselsÂ allegedÂ Sereno hadÂ â€œpre-concieved bias|” against theÂ condonation doctrine.Â This acquitsÂ a public official from administrative liabilityÂ when re-elected.
In asking Carpio to step aside, the Binay camp asserted he is the first cousin of OmbudsmanÂ Conchita Carpio Morales.
Binay sought Villlaramaâ€™sÂ recusal for â€œbeing in touch with lawyers from the Ombudsman. His statement during the oral arguments reflect this .” Any shelter in a storm?
Binayâ€™s pollÂ lead was already crumbling in May,Â Laylo Research Strategies points out. He did keep Â a tenuous edge on Mindanao, butÂ only by skin of his teeth thru a Â a â€œstatistical tieâ€
The new Â survey showedÂ Â Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is still on the 3rd spot but nowÂ with 15%Â Â He broke from the tie with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada,Â preferred today by 10 percent.
Pulse Asiaâ€™s â€œUlat ng Bayanâ€ survey had 1,200 respondents nationwide, with a margin of error of Â± 3
Across all socio-economic classes, except the poorest segment, Poe beat Binay as the most preferred candidate.
What about the vice presidential derby?
Poe also topped that one, this timeÂ with a 41% preference nationwide. She was followed by Senator Francis Escudero with 15%.
HasÂ Binayâ€™s political pitchÂ been Â off key all along?
InÂ Â aÂ June 14Â Â campaign speech inÂ Quezon ProvinceÂ Â Â Binay promised: if elected President heâ€™dÂ turn all barangay officials into salariedÂ government officials.
BinayÂ dodged actual headcounts andÂ Â financial implications of his plan.Â As of March 15 this year, there were 42,029Â barangays in the country.
Since each barangay has, on average 10 officials, the total number of â€œemployeesâ€ that Binay hireÂ would come to almost half a million.Â Where is he going to getÂ that kind ofÂ cash?
â€œInnovativeÂ is the new meaning of corrupt,Â Sun Star columnist EliasÂ Espnoza wrote. Thatâ€™s if you believe what Binay saidÂ at a Manila media conference. Â Â â€œI am not corrupt, just innovative.â€
VP Binay insistedÂ he has not been suspended. Therefore, it follow Â that he is not corrupt?Â Hindi tayo innovator eh. Kung nag-iinnovate ka, chances are magkakakaso ka,â€ Binay said.
He is playing with words. While Â Binay and son Â mayÂ tag themselves Â an innovator, as mayors of Makati, the Commission on Audit saw theirÂ innovations as â€œred flagsâ€. Now COA commissioner Heidi Mendoza led the team that documented the MakatiÂ scam.
TheÂ Blue Ribbon subcommittee that investigated Makati Cityâ€™s Â foundÂ MakatiÂ parking building 2 grossly ovepriced and called it aÂ “fraud”.
Still, â€œBinay even has the gall to say that, if elected president, he would continue the anti-corruption campaign of President Noynoy, EliasÂ Espionza of Sun Star wrote..
â€œI will remove those who continue to steal, Binay pledged.Â Â ButÂ notÂ President Aquino.Â “He is not involved there.”
Sorry for the language, Espinoza said. So, if you know someone who is facing corruption cases, donâ€™t call him corrupt but just call him â€œthe innovator.â€Â But sobrang kapal muks talaga si kakulay.