MANILA - Former Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday said he respects the decision of two of his children to run against each other for Makati's top post in the May 2019 elections.
The long-time local chief executive said he will leave it up to the people of Makati to choose who best deserves their mandate.
"Pareho kong anak sina Abby at Junjun...Nirerespeto ko ang desisyon nilang kumandidato bilang punong-lungsod ng Makati," he said in a statement.
"Hindi ako ang magpapasya kung sino sa kanila ang karapat-dapat na maging punong-lungsod. Ang magpapasya niyan ay ang mga mamamayan ng Makati,” he said.
(Abby and Junjun are both my children. I respect their decision to run for mayor of Makati. I cannot decide who between them deserves to be the mayor. The people of Makati would choose.)
His daughter Abby is seeking re-election under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and his son, former Mayor Junjun Binay, will be the candidate of local party, Una ang Makati (UAM).
Abby earlier 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.
She also claimed that their father has said he would run alongside Abby should Junjun also join the race. There was no direct confirmation of such in the elder Binay's statement.
Abby and Junjun have proven themselves to be competent and experienced in public service and both have shown compassion for the people of Makati, the Binay patriarch added.
"Pareho rin silang nasa wastong edad at bilang magulang, ang magagawa ko lamang ay payuhan sila. Hindi ako ang tipo ng magulang na nagdidikta sa buhay ng kanyang mga anak lalo na’t sila ay may sarili nang pag-iisip," he said.
(They are also both of the proper age and as a parent, all I can do is advise them. I am not the type who would dictate my child's life especially if he/she has his/her own mind.)
Both camps agreed to focus solely on their respective platforms and plans for Makati during the campaign and that leaders would be told to maintain civility and sobriety.
"Iiwasan ang mga masasakit na pananalita, at gagawing positibo at matiwasay ang ating pangangampanya. Ipapakita namin na ang Makati ay magiging modelo ng marangal at malinis na halalan," he said.
(We will avoid hurtful words and make the campaign period positive and peaceful. We will show that Makati could be the model for dignified and clean elections.)
"Anuman ang maging resulta ng eleksyon sa Mayo 2019, ang matitiyak namin ay magpapatuloy ang Serbisyong Binay para sa mga taga-Makati. At anuman ang maging resulta ng eleksyon, isang pamilya pa rin kami na hindi maaaring paghiwalayin at sirain ng pulitika," he added.
(Whatever the result of the May 2019 elections would be, we could assure that the 'Serbisyong Binay' would continue for the people of Makati. Whatever the results would be, we would remain a family that politics cannot divide.)