Binay cries in last boodle fight with security detail
MANILA, Philippines – It was an emotional last meal for outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay and his security detail.
Rappler obtained photos of Binay’s farewell boodle fight with the Vice Presidential Security Group on Wednesday, June 29.
According to Binay’s son, dismissed Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr, the boodle fight was held at around 11 am at the Coconut Palace on Tuesday.
“Late ako kahapon pero inabot ko ‘yung nagbibigay ang dad ng certificate of appreciation para dun sa mga tao niya (I came in late yesterday but I witnessed my dad giving certificates of appreciation to his security detail),” said Junjun.
He said Binay tried to deliver a thank you speech to the men and women who protected him and his family over the past 6 years. But soon after, the outgoing Vice President began crying.
“Before the boodle fight, nag-speech siya, pero wala pa yatang one minute. Nagpasalamat lang siya tapos naiyak siya. Nag-iyakan ‘yung mga tao, ‘yung mga security, lalo na ‘yung mga babae,” shared Junjun.
(Before the boodle fight, he gave a speech, but it lasted around a minute only. He thanked them then he cried. His security then cried, too, especially the women.)
Binay’s security detail as Vice President included military officers. Once their assignment with Binay ends on Thursday, June 30, Junjun said they will be assigned to new posts.
“Nung kumakain na, nagkukuwentuhan sila saan maa-assign. Tapos nagpaaalam na 'yung mga officers niya,” said Junjun.
(When they were eating, they talked about where they would be possibly be assigned. Then the officers said their goodbyes.)
While Binay held the second highest position in the land, he is known to share meals with just about anyone he meets – from politicians, his staff, to the common folk who supported him during his failed presidential bid. (READ: CAMPAIGN NOTES: 10 things I learned while covering Jejomar Binay)
On Saturday, Binay joined the staff at the Office of the Vice President for a thanksgiving mass as well. He prayed that they will continue serving the poor even after he steps down as vice president.