MANILA (UPDATE) - Former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay on Monday said he was only defending himself during an altercation with his sister, incumbent Mayor Abigail "Abby" Binay, which disrupted an election forum this weekend.
"Nakakahiya, it's very embarrassing na magtatalo kami. I could have been a better person on hindsight, pero tao lang tayo na di ko na rin natiis," Junjun told ANC.
"Biro mo dinuduro-duro ka. The natural reaction is to defend yourself," he added.
(It's very embarrassing that we argued... I'm only human and I was not able to endure it. Imagine, she kept jabbing a finger at me.)
Abby, who is running for mayor against Junjun, called on her opponents to stop spreading lies during the forum at Makati's San Ildefonso Parish.
After returning to her seat beside Junjun, Abby appeared to talk angrily to her younger brother. Both then raised their voices, with Junjun later standing up and kneeling in front of Abby.
Their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Makati Police chief Pablo Simon, later tried to pacify the siblings.
Junjun later said he was upset with how the forum turned out, drawing cheers and boos from the crowd, who were told by police to leave the venue.
Junjun said their quarrel erupted when his sister falsely accused him of linking her husband Makati Rep. Luis Campos to the narcotics trade.
Abby, meanwhile, said Junjun accused her and her husband of being involved in the killing of his long-time aide.
"I pray that he finds peace of mind and releases the anger that seems to have clouded his words and deeds," she said in a statement issued Sunday.
Abby earlier apologized to parishioners and the PPCRV, but reiterated in her statement that she "will never tire of talking about my performance as mayor and my plans for the city."
"With two weeks left before the election, I wish that my brother and his supporters will do the same. Itigil na sana nila ang paninira at kasinungalingan," she said.
(May they stop their defamation and lies.)
Five of 6 Makati mayoral candidates were present in Saturday's forum: the Binay sibilings, Rene Bondal, Wilfredo Talag, and Ricky Yabut.