By Hannah Torregoza
Sen. Nancy Binay, daughter of former vice president Jejomar Binay, on Friday confirmed that they are now trying to patch things up and settle the dispute within their family.
In an interview over ANC, Binay said they are just waiting for their parents to return from a pilgrimage trip to settle the rift among the siblings.
Binay, who is running for reelection in the upcoming May 2019 polls, said she hopes the ongoing tension between brother Jejomar “Junjun” Binay Jr. and incumbent Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay would stop as soon as their parents intervene.
“At the moment we are still waiting for the arrival of our parents, and hopefully, over the weekend we will discuss this as a family and I guess decide on how to solve the problem. We just need to talk first,” Nancy said.
Abigail Binay is running for another term as Makati city mayor, while Junjun Binay is trying to regain his former position as the city’s top official.
Nancy Binay, however, would not say who she is supporting: “At the moment, mag- uusap muna kami.”
“Kaya nga kami nag-uusap because we will talk about the option and try to patch things up. Kumbaga last ditch effort to patch things up,” she said.
Against this backdrop, the former vice president, is also said to be eyeing a congressional seat in next year’s polls.
However, the senator said she still believes that the best scenario is for her siblings not to fight each other.
“Syempre yun yung best scenario, na they will not go fight each other,” she said.
But Binay admitted that the dynamics of their relationship within the family is complicated, saying she was aware that some constituents complained that the “Binay brand” of leadership was lost when her sister took over the leadership of Makati City.
For the senator, her brother seems to be more hands on and personal with the constituents compared to her sister.
“Siguro lang yung brother ko mas umiikot e. Mas bumababa dun sa mga constituents (I think it’s because my brother goes around. He goes down to his constituents). Siguro yun, I mean they have their own style of governing,” the lawmaker said.
“I mean Ab had her own style, but the style of my brother is bumababa sya, umiikot siya. Pag may sunog, nandun siya agad. So yun yung brand of service niya (he goes down, and goes around. If there’s a fire, he goes there immediately. That’s his brand of service),” he said.
“Eh alam din naman natin yung pinagdaanan ng kapatid ko di ba (You know, what he went through right)? His term was interrupted. So I guess that is probably one consideration why he wants to go back. I think he is thinking he has an unfinished mission),” she said.
The incumbent mayor Binay recently lashed out at her brother for trying to reclaim his former position saying he must first settle the corruption cases lodged against him.
The mayor was referring to the alleged anomalous construction of the P1.3-billion Makati Science High School in 2007 when the younger Binay was still mayor.
The matter became the subject of a Senate blue ribbon committee’s investigation in 2014, when Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV called for a probe into then vice president Binay culpability in the alleged overpriced P2.7-billion Makati City Hall Building II and other corruption charges against the former Makati city mayor.