The standoff for Makati City’s leadership continued as two mayors, who both asserted legitimacy, held separate flag-raising ceremonies on Monday.
Backed by his supporters, Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr., who was suspended for six months by the Office of the Ombudsman, held the flag-raising ceremony at the City Hall quadrangle. He was joined by sister Sen. Nancy Binay, members of the City Council, department heads and barangay captains.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña, who is a member of the administration-backed Liberal Party (LP), held a separate flag-raising ceremony at the Old City Hall.
Peña’s supporters wore white shirts with messages “Saan Galing Ang Yaman?” (Where did the money come from?) and “Thou Shall Not Steal.”
In his speech, Peña, who took his oath as acting mayor before the Court of Appeals (CA) granted Binay’s petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO), said the payment of salaries of city hall employees will not be affected.
He called on the Makati mayor to step down.
“If there is really nothing to fear, and there is really nothing to hide, accept the preventive suspension and prove them all wrong,” Peña said.
But Binay lambasted the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for not honoring the TRO issued by the CA.
“Tayo po ay nakakuha ng TRO subalit ito po ay ayaw galangin. Ayaw pong galangin ng DILG kaya tayo ay nandito pa rin (We were able to secure a TRO but it is not being respected. The DILG refuses to respect the TRO that’s why we are here),” Binay said in his speech.
He vowed to fight for his post until the end.