Abby Binay wants to make a mark in Makati
Call it a house divided, but if that could make Mayor Abby Binay fulfill her dreams for the city her family has governed in the last decades, she wouldn’t mind.
After all, her father the former mayor and vice president Jejomar Binay seems fixed in making her youngest child finish her three-terms as mayor of the city. His son Junjun has filled his COC as well to stage a face off between her sister.
That, despite Mayor Abby’s appeal for his brother to drop his mayoralty bid in 2019, affirming the public’s perception that the Binay house is really divide.
I was talking to a Makati resident who said that the incumbent did a good job in her term as mayor, cleaning up the city government of the problems that has made it the most talked about local government unit in Metro Manila in the previous years.
He said, he had rid the city hall of the ghost employees that had some councilor raising up in arms against her, the reason most of them are aligning with her brother.
"This will divide our family even after the elections. You know my brother...through all the joy and the sorrow I have been with him. In all the crises that he has been through, personally and politically, I was with him," said Binay.
"I was with him at the Senate, I was with him in city hall. I was standing up for him. Ate (older sister) ako e, di 'ba. Sana bigyan niya ako ngchance," Binay added.
Binay said her brother "will have his turn...and he had his turn."
"Hindi ko maintindihan bakit niya ako binabangga," she added.
(I don't understand why he's fighting me.)
"My father has been trying to convince him not to run. My father has been also consistent in his position, even when it came to everyone else in the family, that Junjun should not run," she said.
Binay said their family had a meeting, but she did not go. She said she spoke separately with her father instead.
"It doesn’t make sense why he wants to run for mayor when he knows for a fact that there’s an opening for Congress that he doesn’t want," she said.