Dr. Elenita Binay wants her husband, Vice President Jejomar Binay, to drop his presidential bid because the allegations of corruption thrown against her family had started affecting her, according to Makati Rep. Abigail Binay.
In an interview on ABS-CBN’s news channel, the lawmaker said she wants her father to continue with his plan to run for president next year.
“If you ask my mom she’ll probably say, ‘Yes. I want your dad to quit. I know she keeps on telling my dad, ‘Why are we doing this?’”
Binay has been implicated in several alleged wrongdoings, including the construction of the new Makati City Hall which his detractors claim was overpriced.
Recently, the Court of Appeals issued an order freezing the bank deposits of the Binays and some of their friends upon the request of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).
Elenita is also facing malversation and graft charges at the Sandiganbayan for alleged anomalous transactions during her time as Makati mayor.
But Representative Binay said her father should not drop his presidential ambition because of the attacks against them.
“We are not going to quit. We are going [to get]through this until 2016 kahit magalit na ang nanay ko (even if my mother will get mad),” she said.
She added that her father would not have been persecuted and maligned publicly if he did not declare early on his plan to run as chief executive.
“He is not pretentious,” the lawmaker said. “If you ask me, magagalit ako sa kanya kapag nag-quit siya. Bakit tayo nakikipaglaban if you will just quit in the end? Ayoko noon [I’ll be mad at him if he quit. Why are we fighting if you will just quit in the end? I don’t like that],” the young Binay said.
“If you do that [quit], you are in effect telling them, ‘You’ve won.’ We don’t want to give them that prize.”
The Vice President on Sunday said he is more determined to be the next chief executive because he wants to bring “experience and competence” to Malacañang.