MANILA - If the matriarch would have her way, none among the Binays, the family that for decades has held power in the country's financial center Makati City, should have run for public office.
Former Makati Mayor Jejomar "Junjun" Binay Jr. revealed this Thursday following recent tumultuous days that has seen him in a tug-of-war for the mayoralty with his elder sister Abigail, the incumbent.
The family's matriarch, former Makati Mayor Elenita Binay, has not been seen as the political spectacle unfolded in recent days.
"I spoke to my mother the other day. If she would have it her way, wala nang kakandidato sa aming magkakapatid, even my father," Junjun Binay told ANC's Headstart aired Thursday.
(If she would have it her way none of us siblings would run for public office, not even my father.)
"Parang gusto niya tigilan na lahat 'yang pulitikang 'yan because it is very divisive," he said.
(It seems what she wants is for us to stop joining politics because it is very divisive.)
He and his sister both filed their respective certificates of candidacy (COC) for Makati Mayor earlier this week.
His eldest sister, reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay, accompanied him in filing his COC on Tuesday.
His father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, went with incumbent Abigail in filing hers on Wednesday.
The former vice president earlier said the family would leave it up to Makati voters to choose which Binay they want to elect as mayor.
The Binay patriarch was the first in the family to hold the mayoralty, first as an appointed local chief executive in 1986, then winning the mandate for the same post in 1988.
The post was later held by his wife, Junjun, and then Abigail.
Several Binays have been accused of irregularities while at the helm of Makati City, including questionable city hall projects, but none of the allegations have been proven in court.