Ex-VP Binay blasts government’s ‘double standards’

Published March 24, 2021, 3:10 PM

by Jel Santos

Former vice president Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, a staunch critic of the current administration, has slammed the government for its double standards.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr. (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“This is a government of double standards. Tayo, dapat sumunod at bawal magreklamo. Sila, exempted (We are told to follow and not to complain while they are exempted),” he posted on Twitter on Wednesday, March 24.

Binay stressed that Filipinos have the liberty to express their sentiments, especially on salient matters affecting the citizenry.

 “Citizens have a right to criticize the government, especially when it is endangering lives with its ineptitude,” he said.

“Pero kapag pinuna mo ang gobyerno, pamumulitika na.  Ano naman kaya ang tawag mo sa caravans, meetings, at tarpaulins ng admin personalities (But once you call out the government, they claim you are just politicking. But what do you call the caravans, meetings, and tarpaulins of the personalities of the administration)?”

Some people in the government have become intoxicated with power, he said.

 “They have become blind to reality and their own failings. They forget that power is temporary,” the former vice president added.

In his tirade against the government last March 22, Binay hit the government’s use of the term “bubble” instead of lockdown.

“What’s in a name? The so-called “bubble” is in reality a lockdown. But gov’t won’t call it a lockdown because it will be an admission of their failure, neglect, and incompetence. Stop blaming the people,” he said.

In February, Binay criticized the government’s COVID-19 response. He said that the government’s “mishandling” of the vaccine procurement added to the long list of the government’s poor management of the pandemic.