MANILA - Makati Mayor Abby Binay on Monday has appealed to her brother Junjun to drop his mayoralty bid in 2019, amid a publicized rift that has left the political family divided.
"This will divide our family even after the elections. You know my brother...through all the joy and the sorrow I have been with him. In all the crises that he has been through, personally and politically, I was with him," said Binay, before becoming emotional during an interview with ANC's Headstart.
"I was with him at the Senate, I was with him in city hall. I was standing up for him. Ate (older sister) ako e, di 'ba. Sana bigyan niya ako ng chance," Binay added, before breaking into tears.
(I wish he would give me a chance.)
Binay said her brother "will have his turn...and he had his turn."
The business district mayor also said it was "inconceivable" for them to be rivals.
"Hindi ko maintindihan bakit niya ako binabangga," she added.
(I don't understand why he's fighting me.)
Binay said their father, former vice president Jejomar Binay has signified that he would run alongside her and that Junjun has been told not to seek the mayoral post.
"My father has been trying to convince him not to run. My father has been also consistent in his position, even when it came to everyone else in the family, that Junjun should not run," she said.
Binay said their family had a meeting over the weekend, but she did not go. She said she spoke separately with her father instead.
She said their father wanted Junjun to run for a congressional seat instead, so that the former vice president would not have to, but her brother wanted the mayoral post.
"It doesn’t make sense why he wants to run for mayor when he knows for a fact that there’s an opening for Congress that he doesn’t want," she said.
The former vice president would be seeking to represent the city's first district in the upcoming elections. Binay's husband, Luis Campos, would run for re-election as the representative of the second district.