Peace and 'love love love' for Vice Ganda, Nancy Binay
MANILA, Philippines - From "Senador agad?" (Already a Senator?) to "Love love love," Vice Ganda and Senator Nancy Binay have now made light of their 2013 campaign spat.
During the time of the May 2013 elections, comedian Vice Ganda and then senatorial bet Nancy Binay exchanged statements after Vice Ganda questioned the candidate’s credentials.
Around 10 months later, the two now seem to be on good terms, even taking selfies together after meeting at a common friend’s birthday party on Tuesday, March 25.
The comedian and senator were all smiles for a photo posted by Vice Ganda on Twitter, with part of the caption exclaiming, “Love Love Love!!!!”
Fans rejoiced at the post, which has so far received over 400 retweets and over 1,500 favorites.
In a text message sent to Rappler, Binay confirmed that she and Vice Ganda both attended a friend’s party. In a light tone, she downplayed their supposed conflict, even acknowledging Vice Ganda’s tweet.
"Last night nag-attend kami ng bday party ng common friend. Magkaaway ba kami? Sabi nga ng post niya love love love," read the message. (Last night, we attended a common friend's birthday party. Are we fighting? As his post reads, "love love love.")
That being said, should viewers be expecting Binay to guest on the comedian's late night talk show Gandang Gabi Vice?
“Why not?” said the senator.
In May 2013, Vice Ganda was vocal about his opposition to then senatorial candidate Nancy Binay, believing she lacked experience in public service, reported ABS-CBN. If given the chance to run for public office, Vice Ganda joked that he would want to instantly become president, in the same way as many others who assumed office even without proper background.
'Yung wala kang background, pero mataas agad, parang 'yung mga pulitiko lang ngayon. Walang background, pero senador agad." (With no background, but already a high position, like our current politicians. They have no background, but they’re already senators.)
When asked, he said he was referring to Nancy Binay.
In a separate ABS-CBN report, Binay addressed his statement, saying she respects the comedian’s opinion and that she was not affected by it. Being the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay, she added that she had been doing “on-the-job training for more than 20 years” with her parents.
In a separate interview with ABS-CBN, Vice Ganda reiterated his stand, saying Binay indeed served her parents, but she had yet to serve the Filipino people.
Despite his strong words, Vice Ganda said Binay has every right to run for office in the same way he has a right to voice out his opinion. The comedian openly voiced out support for his senatorial bets during the 2013 election period, even releasing a list of candidates he endorsed. – With reports from Ayee Macaraig and Ira Agting/Rappler.com