Nancy Binay and the Binay Clan: Underdogs of Philippine Politics

By N Mark Castro

Tied at 3rd and 4th places in the national rankings for the Senate, candidate Nancy Binay (daughter of Vice-President Jejomar Binay) continues to show marked improvement in the ratings, to the horror and disbelief of fellow candidates, considering that Nancy Binay’s greatest political accomplishment is working as her father’s and mother’s personal assistant.

Defying her critics, Nancy Binay continues to soar in the surveys despite her lack of experience and track record in any elective or appointive government position, beating veteran politicians and even former senators. She has also refused to participate in any debate, whether as group or individual debates.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer recently posted an editorial analysis on Nancy Binay’s lack of credentials and incompetence which, according to reports, has “hurt her feelings,” to which she said:

“Mas sanay yata kami na [underdog] ang role namin eh.” (We are used to being underdogs.)

The Binays.

Underdogs in Philippine Politics.

Amazing.

Let’s look at their political capital, starting with her philandering father.

Jesus Jose Maria (Jejomar) C. Binay (Jojo Binay)
Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines
Mayor of Makati City 1986-1998
Mayor of Makati City 2001-2010
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman
Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman

And then there’s the wife and Nancy’s mother, the graft-accused and former mayor Dr. Elenita Binay

Dr. Elenita Sombillo-Binay
Former Mayor of Makati City 1998 – 2001, the same period by which her husband, Jejomar Binay, was legally not allowed to run for office.

And Nancy’s siblings, of course …

Jesus Jose Maria (Junjun) Binay, Jr.
Mayor of Makati City 2010 – present
Councilor, Makati City Council 2001 – 2010
Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) Chairman 1992 – 2001

And Nancy’s younger sister …

Congresswoman of Makati City
House of Representatives

Makati City is the Central Commercial and Financial District not only of Metro Manila but practically the entire 7,100 islands of the Republic of the Philippines … where, according to senatorial candidate Nancy Binay, they are the underdogs.

In a city with roughly the population of over half a million, only the Binays have the blessed right ordained by the gods to lead the city, if not the country.

Leading senatorial candidate Nancy Binay has continued to refuse to engage other politicians in the debates, saying she would rather focus on directly appealing to the people.

She even coyly expressed her arrogance by saying that she could debate with veteran activist Rissa Hontiveros in the Senate, should they both win. Of course, Rissa Hontiveros does not stand a chance in winning a Senate seat.

Nancy Binay’s Credentials:

Personal assistant to her mother, Dr. Elenita Binay, when the latter was still Mayor of Makati City.

Deputy Secretary-General of United National Alliance, the brainchild party of her father and graft-convict former president Joseph Ejercito-Estrada.

When Jejomar Binay became Vice President in 2010, Nancy served the office, focusing mainly on housing concerns and “linking Binay’s office to shelter agencies […] and acts as his proxy, delivering speeches and attending events on his behalf.”

Nancy has referred to herself, in her own words, a “forever personal assistant.”

She currently holds the position of Executive Director and Member of the Board of Trustees of Bigay Pagmamahal Fooundation, Member of the Board of Trustees of Brighthalls Children’s FoundationSTF Serbisyong Tunay Foundation, Inc., and JCB Foundation, funding of which mostly comes from her father and/or her father’s associates.

Hence, it is useless to appeal to the logical sentiments of the Filipino people to vote wisely because, if the history of the Philippine Electorate is to be studied, they will continue to vote based on popularity.

Indeed, the Republic of the Philippines deserves the government it gets.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on April 23, 2013, in General, Politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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