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MANILA, Philippines – She is used to personal attacks but not to fake stories involving her son.
Vice President Jejomar Binay’s daughter, Nancy, cried foul over news parodies involving her children.
In an interview in Zamboanga on Tuesday, April 23, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet labeled the attacks against her on social media as “black propaganda,” which she expects to intensify after she ranked 3rd-4th in the April Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
“Pinaka-hurtful? Saan ako pinaka-hurt? I think ‘yung ngayon kasi merong lumalabas na parody about my son. I think iyon ang pinaka-hurtful.” (Most hurtful attacks? Which attack hurt me most? I think it’s the one now because a parody about my son came out. I think that is most hurtful.)
Binay said that while she is used to political mudslinging during her father’s past campaigns, dragging her children into her candidacy is foul. (READ: Profile of Nancy Binay)
“Sanay na ako basta as long as ako na lang yung tirahin nila tsaka batikusin nila. ‘Wag na nilang isama yung pamilya ko, lalong lalo na 'yung mga anak ko.”
(I am used to it as long as they limit the attacks to me. They should not drag my family into this, especially my children.)
Binay’s statement was a reaction to several memes and satirical posts against her circulating online.
It began with the “Anyare” meme comparing her qualifications with that of Team PNoy senatorial bet former Akbayan Rep Risa Hontiveros.
When asked by Rappler about the social media post, Hontiveros challenged Binay to a debate but the UNA bet declined. Binay has explained that she prefers campaigning on the ground to talk to people directly, and does not have time to attend debates.
Binay has not attended various senatorial debates but was present in one organized by radio DZRH in the University of Makati last February. In the Makati debate, students asked Binay why she is the one running when she has no track record in government. Watch her response here.
Binay’s absence in recent debates became the subject of satirical online posts.
Over the weekend, the satirical and fictional news website “So, What’s News?” came out with an article saying a Makati court granted Binay’s petition for a temporary protection order (TPO) “against any kind of discussion, debates and any form of public appearances where she will make herself look dumb.”
The article said Binay practiced debating with her “8-year-old son, Julius Benedict Binay Angeles.” (Binay’s son is 12-year-old Jose Benjamin Jejomar Angeles).
The “So What’s News?” article said the son dominated the mother in the debate.
“She was standing there shaking, obviously petrified. You can literally see sweat dripping from her forehead and all she could do was take a sip of water,” said a “source” in the article.
The story also included a screenshot of the supposed Facebook page of Binay’s “son” bragging that her mother “literally froze” in their “debate.”
It went on, “Binay was apparently speechless and emotionless for a whole 27 minutes before demanding a ‘break’ from the rehearsal.”
A similar site “Mosquito Press” posted a follow-up satirical article titled, “Nancy Binay reveals childhood trauma: ‘Papa forced me to debate him!’”
The post goes, “According to her curriculum vitae, Nancy Binay’s career achievements include ‘Successfully getting coffee for Vice President Jejomar Binay,’ and ‘Successfully scheduling Vice President Binay’s vasectomy.’”
The satirical article quoted “Nancy Binay,” “When my father told me that I will be running, I knew that there would be personal attacks. People will question my ability. They will target my looks. I accept that because me too, I question my looks.”
In the Zamboanga interview, Nancy Binay said she is worried because some netizens fell for the fake news stories.
“May fear on my part, kasi may ibang tao na akala nila totoo. Hindi nila alam na it’s just a parody. So ‘yun yung fear ko ngayon. Nagkakaroon ng misinformation.” (My fear is some people think it’s true. They do not know it is just a parody. That is my fear. That misinformation is happening.)
She also said she is used to people making comments about her looks and she just jokes about it. (READ: #PHvote quotes: Better looks, more votes?)
She said some people who saw her ads and met her in person told her, “Ay maganda ka pala!” (You’re beautiful in person.)
Binay joked, “Bakit pangit ba ako sa TV? [Sabi nila], ‘May itsura ka naman pala! …. Ay hindi ka naman pala ganoon kataba!’” (Why do I look ugly on TV? They would tell me, ‘Oh you don’t look bad or you’re not that fat in person).
Despite her rise in the surveys, Nancy Binay said it is UNA’s “mindset” never to be complacent. She again cited how her father initially lagged behind in surveys in 2010.
Nancy Binay is now the highest ranking UNA senatorial candidate, based on the SWS survey. San Juan Rep JV Ejercito is ranked 7th-8th, Cagayan Rep Jack Enrile and Sen Gregorio Honasan II are at rank 12th-13th while resigned Sen Juan Miguel Zubiri is at 14th-15th place.
Of all the candidates though, Binay has the least experience in politics and governance. A personal assistant to her parents, she has not held any elective and appointive post. – Rappler.com
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