MANILA, Philippines – Nancy Binay, the eldest daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday.
She was accompanied by the Vice President and her mother, Dra. Elenita Binay.
Nancy completed the senatorial slate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) after Joey de Venecia withdrew from the race purportedly to pursue a business project.
She said she had no intentions of running for senator, and that it was the party’s decision following her high survey rankings.
“Kinausap ako ni Congressman Toby at sabi niya, ‘The party needs you,’ kasi nga nagback-out si Joey de Venecia. Pinagisipan ko at kahapon lang ako sumagot kay Cong. Toby na lalaban na ako,” she told dzMM.
If she wins as senator in 2013, she will be the 3rd Binay child to enter politics, after Makati Rep. Abby Binay-Campos and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
But Nancy dismissed speculations that the Binay clan is trying to build a political dynasty.
“I am going to subject myself to an electoral process, tao naman ang magde-decide kung gusto pa nila ang isa pang Binay sa gobyerno,” she said in a separate interview with ANC.
Before filing her COC at the Comelec, Binay admitted she was nervous about her new role as a senatorial candidate.
She said she is not used to the limelight because she had been always working behind the scenes as a personal assistant to her father and as deputy secretary-general of UNA.
However, she believes that she was exposed to public service at a very young age because both her parents were public servants.
She said her program of government would focus on the housing sector. -- With reports from Jay Ruiz and RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News; Noel Alamar, dzMM