Nancy Binay files COC for second term in Senate

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2018 08:57 AM | Updated as of Oct 12 2018 10:51 AM

Nancy Binay files her certificate of candidacy at the Comelec on Otober 12, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - (UPDATE) Senator Nancy Binay filed her certificate of candidacy on Friday, seeking a second term in next year's elections.

The eldest daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay prayed at the Manila Cathedral before crossing the street to file her certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections main office in Intramuros. 

"Marami pa tayong mga programa na sana gusto natin matuloy kaya we're seeking another 6-year term," she told ABS-CBN News.

(I still want to continue more programs that's why I'm seeking another 6-year term.)

Her brother, former Makati Mayor Jejomar "Junjun" Binay Jr, accompanied her at the Comelec. 

The senator placed fourth in a Sept. 1 to 7 Pulse Asia survey on senatorial preferences, with a voter preference of 50.6 percent. 

As legislator, she pushed for legislation repealing the crime of premature marriage, expanding the privilege of persons with disability, and developing the sugarcane industry. 

Recently, she also co-sponsored the The Filipino Sign Language Act and a bill that seeks to grant a 120-day maternity leave to female workers regardless of civil status. 

Binay, however, has had to fend off allegations of corruption against her family. Her father and brother are facing charges before an anti-graft court over a P2.2-billion parking building. 

The senator at times also drew criticism for her fashion choices, including her outfits at the annual State of the Nation Address, which she often addressed with humor. 

She was named in September as the new president of the United Nationalist Alliance, her father's party.