When I saw the headline on inquirer.net about Binay’s supposed announcement, I actually thought it is another version of the joke (a racist one at that), that he is facing the challenge, purportedly inspired by Obama’s success, of being the first Philippine “black” president.

It turned out that the leader of the United Opposition is serious about his bid on being the country’s chief executive. While celebrating his birthday, his supporters, according to reports, are waving yellow banners with the slogan “Makati ngayon, Pilipinas bukas” (Makati now, the Philippines tomorrow).