MANILA, Philippines – Coming from a political family herself, Senator Nancy Binay is skeptical over a legislative measure aimed at finally putting an end to decade-old tradition of electing family members to public office.
Binay’s reaction came after the Senate finally started to tackle the anti-dynasty bill. A different version is also currently being deliberated upon in the Lower House.
Binay believes the measure will deprive people of their choices, insisting that sharing the same last name with a powerful or popular political figure is not a guarantee to automatically win an election.
There are four members of the Binay family currently holding elective posts – the patriarch Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, Makati Representative Abigail Binay and the senator.
Elenita Binay, the mother, was also once elected as Mayor of Makati, when the father completed his three terms and was prohibited by law from running again. (Click here to read more)