MANILA, Philippines – Being a father, he was initially reluctant but Vice President Jejomar Binay now goes all out in endorsing his daughter for senator.
Binay and his wife, Elenita, accompanied their eldest daughter Nancy Binay-Angeles in filing her certificate of candidacy at the last hour on Friday, October 5.
Nancy Binay is the 12th candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), having been convinced to run at the last minute. She is a political neophyte but still placed within the so-called winning circle in election surveys.
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This background prompted the Vice President to say, "Parang Ballsy na ito eh." (She's like Ballsy.) Binay was referring to President Benigno Aquino III's eldest sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz who served as a constant companion and aide to their late mother President Corazon Aquino.
Despite her lack of experience, Binay’s daughter said voters should give her a chance.
“I think the campaign has not yet started. Just wait and see, there’s more to me than my name,” she said.
Nancy Binay said she hesitated about her senatorial bid. UNA Secretary-General Navotas Rep Tobias “Toby” Tiangco convinced her to run only on Thursday, October 4.
“He explained to me that you are placing in the survey. Not everybody gets that opportunity to serve in that capacity. So why don’t you take that opportunity and I realized, why not?”
She said she initially also asked herself why she should gun for a top national post in her first foray in politics.
“I also asked the same question to myself because even I was surprised that I was placing in the surveys. Why was my name there? I did not know and there was no effort on my part but still I was placing high so the opportunity is there to serve.”
Nancy Binay ranked 12th-15th in the September Pulse Asia survey.
Yet she said it was her 9-year-old daughter who was the deciding factor. She has 4 children.
“Mas sanay ako doon sa background, it’s more of that. I had to consult my kids. A few months ago, ang isa kong anak ayaw niya talaga akong patakbuhin. I talked to her again last Tuesday and I explained to her and finally she said yes. I took it as a sign na ito ang go signal na iniintay ko,” Nancy Binay said. (I am more used to being in the background. When my daughter agreed, it was the go signal I was waiting for.)
Photo by Don Regachuela
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