MANILA, Philippines – “Ako ay pansamantalang lilisan sa munisipyo (I am temporarily leaving city hall).”
Makati Mayor announced on Wednesday, July 1, he will “temporarily” step down from the city hall following the Court of Appeals decision to hold in abeyance its action on his petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on his suspension order.
Binay remained defiant and urged his supporters to “continue the fight.”
“Hindi namin kayo iiwan. Masakit man, kailangan nating gawin (We’re not abandoning you. Much as it pains me, this has to be done),” he said.
Responding to Binay’s decision, many netizens said it was the right thing to do.
Junjun Binay backing down? I guess they saw how his defiant stupidity became a national nightmare in the news— Jim (@Jimparedes) July 1, 2015
@MovePH Good. But he is not being magnanimous in any way. He just has no choice after the CA left them dry. The rule of law has prevailed.— Jaime Augusto (@onejaugusto) July 1, 2015
@MovePH he has no choice but to respect the order. If he believes he did nothing wrong, then he should be confident the law is on his side.— Pinoymommy (@pinoymommy) July 1, 2015
Thank you Mayor Junjun Binay for leaving Makati City Hall today. Although a little bit late, you showed respect for the rule of law.— Carlos Hernandez (@CarlosTheFierce) July 1, 2015
However, while many netizens celebrates his move to step down from the city hall, several also asked the Binays to “stop the drama.”
kung makapagdrama naman tong mag-amang Binay, kala mo tinaningan na ng buhay si Junjun.— ceso (@ceso) July 1, 2015
This victim narrative from Junjun Binay is disgusting. Even if the attacks are politically motivated, why not just follow due process?— Leomar (@leomarnd) July 1, 2015
Difficult to emphatise with Binay speeches as the contents are the opposite to what they actually do or believe #WalkTheTalk— Albert Blue (@bluevill) July 1, 2015
Dear JunJun Binay, Just leave the City Hall. Wag nang maraming sinasabi!— Leo Garciso (@GarcisoLeo) July 1, 2015
Why does the Binay family always have to be so scandalous w h y— Heidi (@heiderpina) July 1, 2015
For crying out loud! It’s just preventive suspension. Enough of your drama Junjun “Kapit-Pa-More” Binay.— Jason (@JasonRoams) July 1, 2015
I don’t follow Philippines politics but what is up with Binay? From posts I read, he seems to think high mighty of himself.— Softlysoitsyou KimXi (@Softlysoitsyou2) July 1, 2015
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