What to Expect if Binay Becomes President, and Trillanes Becomes Vice President

VP Binay Antonio Trillanes

Yesterday, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV announced that he is running for vice president. With VP Jejomar Binay resigning from the cabinet of President Noynoy Aquino, you can see that he is already preparing himself to run for president. But what will happen once these two mortal enemies win?

First, let’s have a brief background about Senator Trillanes. He rose to fame after he led the Oakwood Mutiny during the Arroyo administration in 2003. In May 2007, he won the senate seat with 11 million voted despite being in jail. In his second term, he started exposing the alleged corruption of VP Binay.

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On the other hand, VP Binay needs no further introduction. However, let me emphasize that he was once a good friend of the Aquinos, particularly the late president Cory Aquino. But because of politics and his ambition to become president, he is now engaged in word war against her son, PNoy.

Now, assuming that Binay will be the next president, and Trillanes will be his vice president, I can only see some bad scenarios right after their proclamation. On their first day in office, they may be shaking heads with each other which will definitely be on top of the headlines, highlighting their fake smiles.

At first glance, Filipinos might think it’s time for reconciliation. Both Binay and Trillanes will announce their “friendship,” and that they will forget politics. In my humble opinion, I think they will be “friends” for about two to three months. In fact, I think Binay will offer Trillanes a cabinet position.

But wait, how about the pending graft and corruption case against Binay which Trillanes has been very eager to file? What about their supposed debate where Binay challenged Trillanes but eventually backed out? How can we be sure that both of them will easily “forgive and forget” their past?

Well, there are two options these two “great” politicians can choose from. It’s either both of them will work together to serve the country, or they won’t stop throwing stones at each other until one of them will be impeached. As far as politics is concern, I think the second option is very likely to happen.

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But whether Binay or Trillanes will be impeached, the most affected ones are the poor Filipinos who voted for them. Local and foreign investors will witness the “fight of the century” while unemployment rate is increasing. There will be more senate hearings instead of lawmakers approving important bills.

Traditional politicians will take advantage of the situation, as more whistle blowers will surface. And of course, the media will focus on them and Janet Lim Napoles will be forgotten. And yes, the three jailed senators will be out. Binay and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada are best of friends, remember?

Now, what will happen to Juan dela Cruz? Well, he will be busy watching politicians defending their comrads on live TV, while the riding-in-tandem related crimes continue to rise. We can see more fake diplomas and school records being manufactured in Recto, Manila in front of the noses of the police.

And yes, Binay and Trillanes will have opposite views on China’s reclamation on South China Sea. And of course, it’s also time for protesters to be present in the streets adding the burden of poor commuters and drivers. The issue of BBL will temporarily be dead, and more rebels will surface.

Poor Juan dela Cruz, as more of his friends will leave the country to work abroad or eventually migrate to other countries. And most likely, Kris Aquino will extend her stay in the US. But more importantly, administration politicians will file various cases against now-former president Noynoy Aquino.

Well, you can call me whatever you want. In fact, I really hope I am wrong in my assumptions. But just like any keen observer in Philippine politics, I’m quite sure you also have the same views as mine. And just other Filipinos who love his country, I’m sure you also want our beloved Philippines to be a better place to live in.


The above article is a personal opinion sent to us by Eduarte Manansala, a businessman from Sta.Ana, Manila. TN is not in any way affiliated with any political party, and we are not endorsing any candidate in 2016. We decided to publish the article, hoping to receive decent comments and constructive criticisms.

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