MANILA, Philippines -- Senatorial candidate Nancy Binay on Wednesday said she respects the opinion of Vice Ganda, who criticized her for running for the Senate even without extensive experience.
Binay, in a text message to ABS-CBN News, said she believes the actor and TV host does not appreciate her former job as personal assistant of her parents.
Binay, who is running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), is the eldest daughter of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former Makati City Mayor Elenita Binay.
"Iginagalang ko ang opinyon niya about me. Siguro di niya na-appreciate iyong serbisyong ginampanan ko bilang assistant to my mother, then-mayor of Makati, and to my father as mayor and VP and chairman of [Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council]," she said.
The 39-year-old Binay added that Vice Ganda's statements were expected, saying that the "It's Showtime" host supported the rival of his brother, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, during the 2010 elections.
"Expected ko na yun kasi during the 2010 election nandun siya sa kalaban ng brother ko for mayor of Makati," said Binay, who has also come under fire for being absent in all pre-election debates and forums.
Binay, who has said the idea of her running for senator was the party's decision, has been repeatedly criticized for allegedly using only the popularity of her father.
During a press conference Monday, Vice Ganda mentioned her name when asked if he has any plans to pursue a career in public service.
"Gusto ko President ako agad," Vice Ganda said in jest, "'Yung wala kang background, pero mataas agad, parang 'yung mga pulitiko lang ngayon. Walang background, pero senador agad."
Asked if he is referring to any senatorial candidate in particular, the 37-year-old comedian said, triggering laughter, "Sige na, si Binay, sino pa ba?"
He added: "Wala akong sinabing masama ah, sinabi ko lang siya as an example, kasi totoo naman, 'di ba? Wala siyang political background, pero senador agad. It's a fact, 'di ba?"
Shortly after the event, Vice-Ganda clarified that his statement was not a swipe at Binay, but a mere mention of a fact.