'Para akong nanganak ulit': Nancy Binay celebrates bittersweet victory

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2019 10:55 AM

Senator elect Nancy Binay at the PICC forum for the proclamation of winners. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay can finally heave a sigh of relief after clinching the 12th spot in the Senate race, narrowly beating her colleague, 13th placer Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito.

"Para akong nanganak ulit kasi sa sobrang haba ng labor,” Binay told reporters when asked about her clinching the last spot in the tight Senate race.

Binay got 14,504,936, beating Ejercito, who got 14,313,727 votes, according to the final tally of the Commission on Elections.

She said her victory is somehow bittersweet since it came at the expense of Ejercito, who was elected along with her in 2013.

"Sabi ko nga to describe this 2019 elections is more of heartbreaking on my part kasi nakakalungkot dahil ang hindi nakapasok ay kasama ko since 2013,” she said.

Binay is among 3 senators who won in the 2019 Senate race who are neither allied nor opposed to the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The 2 others are reelectionist Sen. Grace Poe and former Senator Lito Lapid, who is making a comeback to the upper chamber of Congress.

Asked what can be expected of her in the Senate which will be dominated by Duterte alllies, Binay said she trusts the upper chamber will always decide with the interests of the Filipinos as foremost consideration.

“Alam mo naman sa Senado diba, kami at the end of the day ang decision process namin is what will be good for the country and hindi namin tinitignan kung makakabuti ito sa isang partido o sa isang tao,” she said.