A congressman on Friday said the security guards of Dasmariñas Village in Makati City were disrespectful to Mayor Jejomar “Junjun” Binay when they refused him entry into the exclusive village.
In a statement, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, a stalwart of the National People’s Coalition, said the stance taken by the security guards of Dasmariñas was uncalled for since the village is not “an independent state.”
“The actions of the security guards totally disregarded the authority vested on Mayor Binay as the father and leader of the city. As the city mayor, the entire Makati is under his jurisdiction, including the Dasmariñas Village. The security guards should have realized in that they are talking with their mayor and as a matter of showing respect and courtesy to him, they could have easily given him and his group free access to leave the village premises” Gatchalian said.
The Binays have denied reports that they ordered their police escorts to arrest the village guards.
A security camera footage showed that guards of the Right Eight Security Inc. did not raise the gate’s iron barrier, enforcing a village policy that no vehicle will be allowed to pass through after 10 p.m.
Gatchalian said it is within the mayor’s powers to call the police who subsequently removed the barrier.
“If a mayor cannot enter or leave a property within the area of his jurisdiction because of a supposed rules and regulations that were drawn and implemented by a group of private individuals, then this would surely diminish his effectiveness as the leader of his town or city,” the lawmaker said.