Amid looming Binay vs Binay matchup, Nancy jokes: ‘Di na lang ako dadaan ng Makati!’
By Xave Gregorio
How do you deal with a family feud? For Senator Nancy Binay, it seems that her solution is to just avoid it altogether.
“Baka hindi na lang ako dadaan ng Makati. ‘Di na lang ako dadaan. Iikot na lang ako sa buong Pilipinas except sa Makati,” Binay joked over radio dwIZ Saturday (October 13), after she was asked about the looming matchup between her siblings Abby and Junjun Binay in the 2019 mayoralty race in their bailiwick of Makati.
Nancy said the Binays would sit down to settle the brewing feud between Abby and Junjun with their parents, former Vice Mayor Jejomar Binay and Elenita Binay, once they come home over the weekend from a pilgrimage in Italy.
“Siguro it’s worth one more try. Subukan namin one last chance para ayusin nga itong nagbabadiyang problem,” Nancy said.
Nancy is caught in the middle in this sibling rivalry as she is now the president of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the political party of both siblings who both want to become Makati mayor by June 2019.
Junjun, who was dismissed from service in 2015 in connection with the construction of the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II, said he is strongly considering taking back the mayoralty post, claiming that a huge majority of councilors are backing him.
However, Abby said that she has the backing of Jejomar, who signed her certificate of nomination and acceptance, making her UNA’s official mayoralty bet in Makati.
While the squabble between Junjun and Abby is yet to be resolved, Nancy admits that he is closer with his younger brother, who accompanied her when she filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator on Friday (October 11).
“It’s a fact na mas malapit talaga ako kay Mayor Junjun kasi ang tagal naming nagsama sa isang bahay eh,” Nancy said.
This was what Nancy also said after filing her COC, responding to queries to media about who she is closer to by saying, “Sino ba ang kasama ko ngayon?”
Still, she hopes that one of her siblings would give way for the other to avoid a Binay versus Binay scenario, which may end up splitting votes and lead them to lose power in the city.
“Kung ‘yun ang magiging desisyon, wala kaming magagawa. You just have to accept that result na wala na kami sa Makati,” Nancy said.