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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Peewee, Binay; is JV’s head next to roll?

WILLIE NG, Manila Bulletin
Peewee, Binay; is JV’s head next to roll?
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

MAKATI City Mayor Jojo Binay, the implacable critic of the administration and the opposition’s firstrank leader, finally got what he had expected, a 60-day suspension.

The charge was that he employed ghost employees. But as one of his defenders, former President Corazon Aquino said, they have not named the ghost employees.

The other thing was the speed with which the administration acted on the charge. Within weeks, the suspension order was signed and served. On the other hand, dozens of cases involving the big fish and huge amounts of cash have gathered dust for years.

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Binay knew when the Department of Interior and Local Governments suspended Pasay City Mayor Peewee Trinidad that he would be the next to go.

His, however, was a special case. Whereas, the DILG announced it was suspending Trinidad, Local Governments Secretary Ronnie Puno said that the order to suspend Binay came directly from the Palace.

Undaunted, Binay is holding on. He believes that the suspension order is illegal.

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Sen. Ed Angara cited the other day the really terrible scandals that the administration has yet to touch.

He recalls the R728-million fertilizer scam of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante who has yet to be investigated by the powers that be, much less charged.
Worse than that, says Angara, is the projected R3.5-billion rice importation for the school feeding program. It does not do away with malnutrition.

Sen. Alfredo Lim calls it "electioneering." The child gets his one kilo of rice and takes it home to his parents, "and if they are poor, that would be a good thing. In the election, that will be converted into votes."

Meanwhile, the betting is that the next target will be San Juan Mayor J.V. Ejercito, who like Binay, attacks the Palace and blocks its people’s initiative signature campaign.

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