MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed to endure the "suffering" of his graft-tainted family for the sake of poor Filipinos.
Before formalizing his presidential bid, the opposition leader joined a boodle fight in Intramuros, Manila, and pressed flesh with voters. He spoke about the dismissal of his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay over the allegedly overpriced Makati parking building.
Binay compared the ordeal of his family to the struggle of poor Filipinos, again seeking to establish himself as the candidate of the masses.
"Titiisin ko ang ginagawa kay Junjun at sa aking pamilya. Kasama ninyo ako sa paglaban sa kahirapan. Magiging maginhawa ang buhay ninyo 'pag ako ay naging pangulo," Binay told Manila residents on Monday morning, October 12.
(I will endure what they are doing to Junjun and my family. You are with me in fighting povery. Your life will be better when I become president.)
On Friday, October 9, the Ombudsman dismissed the younger Binay and perpetually disqualified him from public office for the anomalous project. The Binays slammed the order as a tool of the ruling Liberal Party to weaken the dynasty's hold on the financial district, Makati.
The Vice President is set to formalize his candidacy for president on the first day of filing of candidacies on Monday.
Binay spent the hours before the filing by meeting Manila voters. He encouraged residents to support the vice presidential bid of his running mate, Senator Gregorio Honasan II.
"Si Gringo ha," he said, referring to the senator's nickname. (READ: Finally, Bin-Go: Binay, Honasan to file candidacy)
Binay is hearing Mass at the San Agustin Church in Manila as of posting time.
VP Binay to hear Mass in Manila before filing candidacy @rapplerdotcom #Phvote pic.twitter.com/JguVOUNZAg — Ayee Macaraig (@ayeemacaraig) October 11, 2015
Senator Nancy Binay, his eldest daughter, joined him in the morning activities. Also with Binay is his ally Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and opposition United Nationalist Alliance Spokesman Mon Ilagan.
The Mass is ongoing as of posting time. Binay will file his candidacy with Honasan at 8 am. – Rappler.com