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In between Pasay sorties, Binay goes shopping...

NEW SPECS. Binay squeezes in some shopping time between his Pasay and Parau00f1aque sorties on February 15. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

NEW SPECS. Binay squeezes in some shopping time between his Pasay and Parau00f1aque sorties on February 15.

Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

He was already scheduled to drop by 5 barangays in Pasay, but Vice President Jejomar Binay insisted to add one more stop in his itinerary on Monday, February 15 – the SM Mall of Asia.

Why? The United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer needed to buy new glasses.

Binay had to stop several times as he led his entourage and the media to the Ideal Vision Center, with a number of mall visitors eager to shake his hands or take photos with him.

Binay obliged them all, eagerly engaging in small talk with those who wanted to say hello.

At the optical shop, the 73-year-old tried on several frames until deciding to order two: one for his reading glasses and another for his distance glasses. Binay is both far-sighted and astigmatic. 

He then had lunch at the mall's food court with his team, the journalists who cover his day-to-day campaign, and his Senate bets labor lawyer Allan Moñtano, Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, and former Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas. They ate some lutong-bahay from House of Gracia.

On his way out, Binay accommodated more requests for selfies, even letting some senior citizens kiss him on the cheeks.

He then rode his SUV to go to Barangay 201, his last stop in Pasay, before heading to his sortie in Parañaque in the afternoon.

Just another day in the life of Jejomar Binay. – Mara Cepeda/Rappler.com