Vice-President Jejomar "Jojo Binay", Nancy Binay and Vice Ganda. File Photo
MANILA -- The father runs to his child’s defense.
Vice President Jejomar Binay shrugged off “resentful” individuals’ comments against his daughter Nancy Binay, whom he said is already sure to win a senatorial post.
Binay told reporters that the bashers of Nancy are just envious of her. “Yung mga bashers na 'yun, talagang natural na 'yun, 'yung mga inggitero, inggitera,” he said.
Asked if showbiz personality Vice Ganda -- Jose Marie Viceral in real life -- is one of them, he said: “Basta’t yung mga gustong magdagdag ng boto at bumagsak ng boto si Nancy, ano pa ang dahilan.”
The popular "It's Showtime" host earlier lambasted the younger Binay for taking on a high position even without any experience in the political front.
Vice Ganda famously said he would want to run for President immediately if he is to pursue a government position. "'Yung wala kang background, pero mataas agad, parang 'yung mga pulitiko lang ngayon. Walang background, pero senador agad," he had said.
The host-comedian went on to endorse senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros, one of Nancy’s rivals.
But he Vice President said Vice Ganda’s comment was just a reaction “dun sa sinasabi ng mga taong katulad niya na wala siyang [Nancy] experience. Kaya nga sinasagot na 'yun bang 20 taon na kasama ko ang tatay ko at nanay ko eh hindi pa ba sapat na kakayahan 'yun?”
Mr. Binay said such comments will not bring down Nancy, who has shown momentum in pre-election surveys.
The same confidence, however, could not be said for the other candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“Eh ano ba ang masasabing panalo? Ang panalo ba ang ibig sabihin 9-0? So tignan na lang natin resulta. 'Yung resulta ang magsasabi kung tama 'yung aming pagdulog at paghingi ng suporta sa ating mga kandidato,” he said.
He earlier said a 9-0 win for the UNA’s slate would be a long shot.