Binay defends family vs 'political dynasty' tag

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2013 01:12 AM | Updated as of Apr 04 2013 09:12 AM

MANILA – Addressing a crowd of supporters in his hometown Makati on Wednesday, Vice President Jejomar Binay defended his family against criticisms that they are a political dynasty.

Binay, who has three children running for various positions in the 2013 elections, said at the proclamation rally of the United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) local candidates in Makati that it is not necessarily wrong to form a dynasty.

"Sa isang malinis at marangal na halalan, bakit naman hindi? Tutal tao naman ang bumoboto," he said.

Aside from Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who's seeking reelection, other Binays running for office are Makati Rep. Abegail Binay and senatorial candidate Nancy Binay.

In an interview, Mayor Binay made the same point as his father's.

"Yes, we're a dynasty. We're a dynasty of service," he said.

During Wednesday's rally, Vice President Binay praised his children, especially Mayor Binay.

"The son is better than the father. Magaling po si Junjun," he said.

Vice President Binay called on residents in Makati to vote for all of UNA's local candidates and 9 senatorial bets, who were all present at the rally.

He cited his and his children's record as public servants in Makati, one of the richest cities in the country.