Binay vs Binay? Mayor Abby says seeking reelection with dad's support
MANILA- Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said Wednesday she has the support of her father former Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr. to seek reelection in the 2019 polls.
This, in light of reports that a Binay-versus-Binay scenario will possibly play out in the city's local politics, with the incumbent possibly being challenged by her own brother, former Mayor Jejomar "Jun-Jun" Binay Jr.
“I can't say. May mga paramdam pero hanggat hindi nagfa-file hindi natin malalaman. I'm running with the full support of my dad,” Abigail said.
If locals of Makati would allow it, Abigail said she would have wanted to serve until her third term.
“I have to see this subway finished. Gusto ko pagkatapos ng third term ko, gusto ko may maiwan akong legacy na maipagmamalaki,” she said.
(After my term, I want to leave a legacy that people will be proud of.)
Asked on her father's plans for a possible political comeback, Abigail said she believes he has long retired from politics since losing in the 2016 presidential race.
“The thing with my dad after 2016, he kinda retired,” she said.
“My dad is busy with the school of law. Siya ay nagtuturo ngayon, nagte-terrorize sa Makati,” she added, noting that teaching was the former vice president's "first love."
At present, the Binay family has no plans of making any alliance with any political party.
“We are not allying to any party. History of my dad shows he is not allying with anyone,” Abigail said.
“My dad left PDP-Laban, gave it to the Pimentels and set up his own party UNA. We are happy that way,” she added.