MANILA - Politics has taken a toll on the friendship between Makati Congresswoman Abigail Binay and Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.
Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Binay said she and Cayetano became close friends after they both joined Congress in 2007.
At that time, Cayetano was the congressional representative of the lone district of Taguig City-Pateros while Binay represented the 2nd District of Makati.
"The first time we met was in this studio, with Tina Monzon Palma. We were both neophytes and the issue was about dynasties. Talagang we were very close. We don't talk about politics. Pareho kami nangangapa. We don't talk about NP (Nacionalista Party) siya, UNA (United Nationalist Alliance) ako...Yes, she told me her problems. I tell her my problems," she said.
Binay said she asked Cayetano to become godmother to her child.
Even a clash between Makati and Taguig over which city has jurisdiction of the resource-rich Bonifacio Global City did not strain their relationship.
"Naiintindihan ko position niya. Of course, she has to fight for the claim of Taguig. Walang personalan. Pag issues wala kaming problema," Binay said.
She said her friendship with Lani Cayetano soured after Cayetano's husband, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, started criticizing her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and brother, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, over the so-called "DasmaGate" controversy.
The issue involved the mayor ordering Dasmarinas Village guards to open the Banyan Road gate even though it was already closed at 10 p.m.
She is also saddened that her friendship with Cayetano was used to link her to the filing of a plunder complaint against Sen. Cayetano over the alleged overpricing of the city's multi-cabs.
She said a picture on her private Facebook account showing her with Prof. Rod Vera, the complainant in the plunder rap, was used without her consent and printed on flyers to show that she is behind the complaint.
Binay has denied that she is behind the filing of the complaint. She said she is only 1 out of 100 batchmates of Atty. Vera at Ateneo Law School.
"Mahirap na ginagamit yung personal na information because they were personal friends to me. Ako naman siyempre may alam din ako but I won't stoop down to that level. In the end, may pinagsamahan din," she said.
Binay said Lani Cayetano has unfriended her on Facebook.
"Wala. In-unfriend na niya ako sa Facebook," she said.
Asked if she can still reconcile with Lani, she said: "Sana. Kay Lani. Kasi kay Senator Alan, parang mahirap. Nung sa Dasma Gate, naki ano rin siya. He took potshots at the Vice-President. Parang I don't take it against her. Lagi kasi hindi naman si Lani ang nagsasabi nun."