MANILA - It's final: Makati Mayor Abigail Binay will face off with her brother and predecessor Junjun Binay in the 2019 race for their bulwark's top post.
Abigail filed Wednesday her certificate of candidacy for mayor, accompanied by her supporters and father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Junjun, whose dismissal was ordered by the Ombudsman in 2015, registered his own candidacy on Tuesday.
He earlier alleged that his sister failed to interact with the masses, contrary to the family's brand of public service.
In a tearful interview on Monday, Abby said the rift between her and Junjun "will divide our family even after the elections." She pleaded to Junjun that he give her a "chance."
The Binay patriarch has said he respects the decision of his children to run against each other and that he will leave it up to the people of Makati to choose who deserves their mandate.
Based on documents acquired by ABS-CBN News, Junjun is among people perpetually disqualified from public office in connection with the construction of the P1.3 billion Makati Science High School building. This was confirmed by the city director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
James Jimenez, spokesperson of the Comelec, said the poll body would have to "determine the circumstances" around Junjun's supposed disqualification because "a final conviction will bar you from running for office."
Abigail, meanwhile, has lost the support of majority of Makati's councilors and barangay captains, who jumped ship to her borther's camp due to supposed delays in the release of perks for residents.