Jejomar Binay loses congressional bid in Makati

Bea Cupin

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Jejomar Binay loses congressional bid in Makati
This is the former vice president's first loss in Makati, where he has built a political dynasty

MANILA, Philippines – Former vice president Jejomar Binay failed in his bid for a congressional seat in Makati City, the locality where he served as mayor and built a political dynasty. 

With votes from all the polling precincts already transmitted around 3 am Tuesday, May 14, results show that Binay lost to his ally-turned-political-foe Kid Peña.

Binay, who ran and lost in the 2016 presidential race, was gunning for the first district of Makati in the House of Representatives.

Peña garnered 71,035 votes against Binay’s 65,229 votes, according to the count announced by the city board of canvassers. 

Binay and Peña have a long and colored political past.

Peña was once a barangay captain under Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). He left the party in 2010 to run for vice mayor alongside another former Binay ally, Ernesto Mercado. He was reelected vice mayor in 2013, this time under the Liberal Party. When Binay’s son, then Makati City mayor Junjun Binay, was preventively suspended from his post over corruption charges, it was Peña who took over.

Peña ran for mayor in 2016, but lost to another Binay child, now Makati Mayor Abigail Binay.

Makati has also been the scene of a Binay vs Binay showdown – the former vice president’s children are the two top bets for the mayoralty post.

The elder Binay was a long-time mayor of Makati before he won the vice presidency in 2010.

Despite this loss, the Binays are still well entrenched in both Makati and national politics. Another Binay child, Senator Nancy Binay, is poised to win her second Senate term. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.