The Binay clan on Wednesday will not intervene in the looming dispute between homeowners in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City and the subdivision’s security agency.
Vice President Jejomar Binay and his children, Sen. Nancy Binay and Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, said the matter is between the Dasmariñas Village Association (DVA) and Right Eight Security Agency.
The association has replaced Right Eight, citing loss of confidence over the gun-wielding incident in November involving the agency’s guards and the convoy of the Binay siblings.
In a circular issued on January 14, the DVA informed village residents that the Right Eight Security Agency will be replaced by First Eagle Security Agency.
DVA President Jay Pantangco said Right Eight made an “unauthorized and inaccurate representation of DVA to the media in matters pertaining to the November 30 Banyan gate incident.”
The agency “cited inaccurate policies involving VIPs,” Pantangco said.
“The issue is already between them (DVA and Right Eight),” the Vice President told reporters.
Senator Binay and Mayor Binay agreed.
“It’s between them (Right Agency) and DVA,” Mayor Binay said through his spokesman Joey Salgado.
DVA had commended the security guards for not allowing the mayor’s convoy to pass through the Banyan gate.
A security video surfaced in December last year purportedly showing Mayor Binay being prevented from passing through the Banyan gate last November 30.
The video showed a member of the mayor’s security wielding a long firearm.
Dasmariñas officials were outraged when the agency’s owner, Ram Antonio, apologized to Binay.
Antonio had told the media that VIPs like the Binays must be exempted from the rules governing access to the village.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO