IN PHOTOS: Jejomar Binay's miting de avance

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay closed his campaign for the presidency in Makati, the city where he was mayor for 21 years.

During his miting de avance on Saturday, May 7, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer promised thousands of his supporters that he will fight for his candidacy until the end. (READ: Binay: Quitting is not in my vocabulary)

He called his devoted followers the "true" silent majority, the name that the supporters of Binay's rival, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, call themselves.

The Saturday night event in Makati also served as the miting de avance of the Vice President's daughter, Makati Second District Representative Abigail "Abby" Binay-Campos.

Both father and daughter are confident of their victories. (READ: Binay camp: Internal poll, ground campaign point to victory)

"Magtiwala kayo, sa araw ng eleksyon, magtatagumpay tayo! Mananalo ako bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas!" said the elder Binay.

(Trust me, on election day, we will succeed! I will win as president of the Philippines!)

The miting de avance was also attended by Binay's running mate Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II and the following UNA senatorial candidates: Sulu Princess Jacel Kiram, broadaster Rey Langit, labor lawyer Allan Montaño, Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, former Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas, and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.

Abby Binay's local slate in Makati attended as well, including vice mayoral candidate and incumbent First District Representative Monique Lagdameo, Abby's husband Luis Campos, who is running for Congress in the Second District, and Councilor Monsour del Rosario, who is seeking to be representative of the First District.

The Binay camp estimated the crowd at 60,000, though the Makati police placed the number at around 12,000 only.

PROTECT THE VOTES. Binay calls for clean elections during his miting de avance speech.

UNA BETS. Binay with running mate Honasan, as well as UNA Senate bets Langit, Pacquiao, and Kiram.

FUTURE MAYOR? Makati Second District Representative Abigail Binay-Campos vows to return u0022Serbisyong Binayu0022 to Makati.

VP CANDIDATE. Honasan tells voters why they should vote for Team Binay.

BOXING SUPERSTAR. Pacquiao, who has consistently made it to the Magic 12 in election surveys, is a crowd favorite.

FOR THEIR PARENTS. The children of UNA's national and local candidates in Makati sing for the audience.

ONSTAGE EMBRACE. Binay hugs little girl scout Susan Ebon, who delivered a poem titled u0022Binayu0022 during the miting de avance.

LITTLE SUPPORTER. A young girl waves a Binay flag to show her support for the Vice President.

ONLY B1NAY. Supporters wave banners bearing Binay's top campaign promises.

DEDICATED FAN. A man wears a temporary 'ONLY B1NAY' tattoo on his cheek.

TWO MAKATIS. Stickers of VP Binay and acting Mayor Kid Peu00f1a, Abby Binay's opponent, are seen on a vendor's ice box.


Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda writes about politics and women’s rights for Rappler. She covers the Senate and the Office of the Vice President. Got tips? Send her an email at or shoot her a tweet @maracepeda.