Vice President Jejomar Binay dropped by the University of the Philippines Los Baños yesterday, September 15, for the "Forum on Governance, Transparency and Social Transformation."
However, the question-and-answer portion of the event meant to be a vehicle for people to reacquaint with the former Makati mayor ended up as a cringe-inducing gisahan session for the second most powerful government official in the land.
Video via Rappler
Boy, the veep seemed not prepared for the barrage of iskos going berserk with their hard-hitting queries and responses.
Just one of the Q&A's best hits:
Student: Bakit po sa Makati madami pa ring informal settlers?
Binay: Ituro mo sa'kin nasaan ang informal settler.
S: Hanapin niyo na po, sir. 'Di niyo po yata nakikita. (cheers from the audience)
B: Alam mo partner, siguro mga 3 o 5% na lang ang informal settlers sa'min sa Makati.
S: Edi sir meron pa rin po, sabi niyo wala eh. (cheers from the audience)
B: Siguro 'yung 3% pwede mo na sigurong (i-consider na) wala, 'di ba?
We imagine our elementary peers hollering "Um, barado!" at the surprised public official.
Another student expressed his dismay on Binay eschewing the "current administration," pointing out that he is, in fact, part of it. The young lad also grilled the VP about his non-participation on other facets of the government.
Binay's reply wasn't of help either: Alam mo anak, sa public administration may mga organizational setup, mayroong mga decision-makers diyan... Isipin mo na lang ha, kung halimbawa eh makikialam ako dito sa mga patayan na 'yan (Lumad killings), edi magagalit sa'kin ang pulis, ang DND (Department of National Defense), sasabihin, 'Hindi mo trabaho 'yan!' Administrasyon, oo nga, pero organizational...functionally, wala naman akong function dun."
Attendees were reasonably frustrated. Netizens, however, chose not to add on to the public's disappointment, and instead, just played around with Binay's mind-numbing retort.
"Free ka tonight? Come over and let's get some beer?" "Hindi ko function 'yan." #BinayBwisitsUPLB— Mister Solitario (@talaveraboy) September 15, 2015
"Hindi ko function yan." https://t.co/UNYsKY3Geq— Ley Torres (@legallytanned) September 16, 2015
Ex: Wala na ba talaga? Me: Functionally wala akong function sa feelings mo. Bakit umaangal ka?Ang trabaho ko feelings ko #BinayBwisitsUPLB— Ley Torres (@legallytanned) September 15, 2015
prof: the exum is easy me: walang ganyanan, 'di proven yan #BinayBwisitsUPLB— UPLB PLS (@yupeeLBpls) September 15, 2015
Good or bad move for the VP? They say any publicity is good publicity, though this probably isn't the case when you're speaking in front of a highly educated gallery.