Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
In recent days, Vice President Jejomar Binay had to explain and reiterate his denials of reports going around the country that he was suffering from the disease called Lupus, and that his general health was failing.
To reinforce his denials, the Vice President has even called on the members of the Philippine Medical Association to check him up thoroughly to determine whether or not he is suffering from Lupus or other such serious afflictions. But he also said that such rumors are not new to him, because, even when he was the mayor of Makati, talks about his alleged ailments always sprung out especially when election time nears.
Now that he is going for higher stakes, in fact the highest because it is the presidency he is unabashedly seeking, the rumors are again cropping up and, what is worse, he says, is that some of those circulating them are doctors themselves.
Well, Binay is no neophyte when it comes to politics and campaigning, and while it is sad that our people could go to such lengths as concocting stories about the ailments of their opponents, which is probably the greatest wish they harbor, it is also the height of unkindness and ill-feeling that would make them make up such tales in order to deflect the loyalty and support of their opponents’ friends. Because who would want to put in office someone who might get sick and die before his term, or suffer from some lingering ailment that would affect his performance as their leader?
It is good that Binay, as well as, other victims of such wild rumors, has caught on to the ruse and is doing his best to quash them even now. Perhaps, then, others with such evil intents of making up derogatory reports about their fellow politicians will find out that, because they would be eventually be exposed, such strategies will not work, and may, instead, backfire on them.*