Binay, PNoy and those ratings-A A +A
Monday, August 4, 2014
“The man with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to do is get up in the morning and ask, How is the president?”
ASIDE from routinely asking about the president's health, Vice President Jejomar Binay serves as chairman of Housing & Urban Development Coordinating Council and the president's adviser on OFW affairs.
He also has to be prepared, a mantra drilled in him as chairman of Boy Scouts of the Philippines: "laging handa," in case the president, God forbid, keels over while bad-mouthing the Supreme Court.
Jojo has the best of both worlds in a a political career. He leads the opposition and yet works with President Aquino in the Cabinet.
His ties with the Aquinos enable him to shuttle from critic to cheerleader, an enviable position for an oppositionist out to succeed the president.
If PNoy has 100 million "bosses" -- the number of Filipinos -- Jojo has 100 million and one, Hubert Humphrey's reference to those whom he served as VP to US president Lyndon Johnson.
PNoy is also Jojo's boss but it's awkward. The president has been grooming DILG chief Mar Roxas, probable LP bet, and here's Binay enjoying the ruling party perks even as he wants to bring it down in the next elections.
Jojo enjoys higher popularity ratings than PNoy, an expected result as the VP isn't struck by ill winds that afflict the president or any of the high-profile Cabinet members like Roxas.
Surveys can mislead people who look at the numbers and make conclusions without comparing jobs of the persons polled.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 05, 2014.