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No to resignation

  • Written by People's Tonight
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UNDER the 1987 Constitution, crafted by an appointed commission and ratified by the people during the incumbency of the late President Corazon C. Aquino, when the Chief Executive resigns, the Vice President assumes the top political post of the land.
   
That’s why we doff our hat to Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” C. Binay for rejecting calls for President Benigno S. Aquino III to resign following the brutal killing of 44 commandos of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
 
By saying no to the mounting calls for the bachelor Chief Executive to step down, Binay, a known human rights lawyer during the martial law years and a long-time mayor of Makati City, demonstrated the mold outstanding Filipinos are made of.
   
Not only that. The highly-articulate Binay, a close associate of the late President Aquino, was even quoted as saying “I am hoping and praying that the President will overcome this problem very soon.”
   
“Ayoko naman. You know, I am the Vice President. (At) alam niyo naman na kakandidato ako (for President in 2016). Let us just wait,” said Binay, the Aquino administration’s housing czar and the presidential adviser on the concerns of overseas Filipino workers.
   
In other words, Mr. Binay is not like other politicians with less than noble objectives who would like nothing else than to hold a much-sought after government position, come hell or high water.
   
“Talagang ipinapakita ni Binay na ayaw niyang samantalahin ang galit na nararamdaman ngayon ng taumbayan dahil sa pagkakapatay sa ating mga pulis sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao,” said a resident of Sampaloc, Manila.
   
An avid fan of the Aquino administration’s housing czar, the resident, who traces his roots to the rice and sweet corn-growing barangay of Pindangan East in Alcala, Pangasinan, also noted Binay’s consistently uncompromising stand against  wrong doings in the government. 
   
Binay was also quick to underscore the need to form an independent fact-finding commission to investigate the bloody incident to dispel all doubts that the investigations are merely a “cover-up.”
   
And in the view of various quarters, Binay was right in saying that any peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front should be in consonance with the Philippine Constitution and other existing laws.
   
Oo nga!