“DESPITE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION, BINAY SUPPORT BASE IS INTACT”
The presidency could be a short leap away for Vice President Jejomar Binay if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Grace Poe would be disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from running in the 2016 elections.
Their votes might go to Binay, said Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), in a report in rappler.com.
Duterte and Poe are in danger of being scratched off in the 5-way presidential derby with Binay, standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal Party and People’s Reform Party’s Senator Miriam Santiago.
Duterte, who carries the banner of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Laban (PDP/Laban, is facing a disqualification case before the Comelec.
In a worst-case situation is Poe who is on an independent dash to the presidency. Two divisions of the Comelec have ruled she is not qualified to run for president for lack of residency and citizenship requirement. She has gone to question the ruling at the Supreme Court which has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Comelec rulings.
Sison, interviewed by rappler.com in The Netherlands where he is on political asylum, said allegations of corruption leveled against Binay may have affected his numbers in surveys but his support base is intact.
The attacks on him about corruption worked but his big following is intact, said Sison at the headquarters of the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP) in Utrecht.
After suffering low ratings in surveys done as he was being probed by the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee for allege corruption during his term as Makati City mayor, Binay has bounced back to take the lead in the latest surveys of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia.
Sison is the chief political consultant of the NDFP, the political arm of the CPP, that along with its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA) have been fighting the government for nearly four decades.
Sison said the CPP, NDFP and the NPA will not endorse candidates in the coming elections. However, militant progressive organizations with leftist bent have joined the political mainstream. The Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives is composed of leftist party-list groups.