MANILA - Senator Nancy Binay does not feel offended by the memes made out of her outfit during President Benigno Aquino III's last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
In fact, she even feels flattered that social media users found time to generate memes out of her blue dress.
"I'm so flattered na ginagawan nila ko ng meme. Mag-research pa sila ng close sa outfit ko, kina-career. For me, yung pag-aksayahan ka ng one minute of their time is parang, parang sino ba ko para pagaksayahan nila ng oras?" Binay said on Tuesday.
She said her favorite among the memes were the ones depicting her as "X-Men" character "Mystique" and "Maleficent."
She said she would even consider using the memes as her profile picture on her social media accounts. "Siguro, pwede," she said.
'NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE PROBLEM'
On a serious note, the senator expressed dissatisfaction over the President's SONA, saying Aquino failed to acknowledge his administration's faults.
"Ako kasi, sayang lang dun sa SONA kahapon, parang, paano natin mabibigyan ng solution kung ayaw mong i-acknowledge yung problema? For example yung MRT di ba? Blaming the previous administration will not solve yung sa MRT," she said.
She said she was expecting specific details, such as a deadline for Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya to solve the woes of the commuting public.
"Pero walang ganung specifics, walang direction, parang walang acknowledgement of the problem," said Binay.
According to Binay, she did not feel alluded to when the President talked about political dynasties in his two-hour speech.
Binay is a daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay. Her two siblings are also elected officials -- Makati Rep. Abigail Binay and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
"For as long as it's a clean and honest election, why prevent people from running?" the senator said.
She said what the people should watch out for are family members appointed -- not elected -- to various government offices.
"Pangalan? Ilang beses binanggit ni Presidente yung apelyido na yun sa SONA. I-review niyo na lang kung sino yung ano, not just once but twice na nabanggit yung apelyido."
She also said she did not feel bad that her father was not included among those thanked by the President.
"We respect the decision of the President not to include his name. Kung baga, prerogative niya yun not to include it," she said.
She said she even clapped for Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II when his name was mentioned by the President.
"I was clapping nung pinupuri niya si Secretary Mar. Di ba, he needs that pang-boost ng morale kay Secretary Mar. Kasi paulit-ulit ko ngang tanong, what is wrong with Secretary Mar at hanggang ngayon di pa siya ini-endorso ni Presidente Aquino. Di ba? He's been a loyal soldier and a good friend to the President. Pero in spite of the loyalty nakukuha pa ni President na makipag-usap sa mga ibang vying for that position. I don't understand why not him. Parang ano pa kulang sa kanya at hindi agad mabigay suporta kay Secretary Mar?" said Binay.
'BASTA, BASTA, BASTA'
The senator also supported the position of his father that he was not being alluded to by Aquino as one who promises a better life for Filipinos, but when asked how, the only response usually given is "basta, basta, basta."
"Merong isang bahagi dun na palagay ko di naman ako pinatutungkulan. Kasi pagkakasabi, 'Meron diyan nagsasalita giginhawa bayan, pero sagot lagi 'basta, basta, basta,'" the Vice President said in an ambush interview.
The Vice President attended Tuesday morning's commemoration of the 52nd death anniversary of 24 scouts who died in a plane crash while en route to the 11th World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece held in 1963.
The event was held at the Scout Mausoleum in Manila North Cemetery, attended by scouts and officials of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, of which he is the President.
That event was followed by the Binay patriarch's attendance as a keynote speaker at the Security Congress held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.
In an ambush interview, the Vice President said he will deliver his reactions to the President's SONA in due time.
"Hintayin na lang natin yung de-deliver kong the true State of the Nation," he said.