Junjun Binay admits father's endorsement of sister Abby for Makati mayor hurt him

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) — Former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay admitted he was hurt by his father Jejomar Binay's appearance during the proclamation rally of his sister, re-electionist Makati Mayor Abby Binay, as they slug it out for the top post in the country's premier business district.

Junjun told CNN Philippines' The Source that he would have preferred it if his father, a former vice president who is now running for a seat at the House of Representatives, remained neutral "like any other parent."

"Nag-aaway 'yung dalawang anak, then ang trabaho ng magulang is to make sure na magkaayos ang mga anak, not to take a side," Junjun said Tuesday.

[Translation: Two children are fighting, then the job of a parent is to make sure that they make up. Not to take a side.]

He added, "Siyempre masakit rin para sa akin na openly hindi na tinuloy ng father ko 'yung sinabi niya na hindi siya makikialam sa laban na 'to."

[Translation: Of course this hurts me because my father openly departed from his statement that he would not interfere in this race.]

Despite his negative sentiments towards his father, Junjun said he still respects the former vice president.

Junjun was joined by his sisters Senator Nancy and Ann in his proclamation rally on Saturday. But Abby was joined by Jejomar in her rally the day before – a move which Junjun said was counter to what their father said before the campaign kicked off.

Junjun said he opted not to invite his father to his proclamation rally so as not to place him in an "awkward situation."

"Kung sabi niyang gusto niyang mag-attend, 'wag naman natin siyang ilagay sa alanganin dahil magiging masama naman ang loob ng kapatid ko kung bigla naman siyang makikita sa proclamation rally namin," Junjun said.

[Translation: If he says he wants to attend, let's not place him in an awkward spot because my sister would feel bad if he suddenly shows up in my proclamation rally.]

The Binay patriarch earlier accompanied Abby when she filed her certificate of candidacy in October. Even then, Junjun was banking on Jejomar's word that he would remain neutral.

Junjun previously admitted to CNN Philippines that Jejomar discouraged him from running as Makati City mayor and instead pushed him to run for a congressional seat.

The politically-charged feud between the Binay siblings has driven a wedge between members of the clan which has been in charge of Makati City for decades.

Junjun said he has not been to the family's weekly lunches that often like his older sister Senator Nancy, who is also mounting her reelection bid to the upper house. He said during their lunches, Jejomar would leave early and avoid any political discussions.

What performance?

Junjun is running under the "Team Be Nice" ticket, while Abby is running under the "Team Performance" banner.

Abby has repeatedly called on people to look at their performance and not their names, highlighting her supposed achievements as Makati mayor.

"Sinasabi nila, 'Team Performance,' so ang tanong namin lagi doon sa baba, 'Ano bang ginawa rito?'" Junjun said.

[Translation: They say "Team Performance," so we always ask on the ground, "What was done here?"]

He claimed that several covered courts were demolished in September and no new works have been done on them. He also ranted about how work is not yet starting on the $3.7-billion Makati subway project, which just broke ground in December.

He also belittled Abby's claim that the Commission on Audit did not raise a red flag on the city's spending for the first time in 12 years, saying it would be better if the city got a pat on the back from the private sector, like it did when he was mayor.

Abby defended herself from her brother's tirades against him, saying that the Makati subway project is aboveboard. She said this comes at no cost to residents of the city as a private company is shouldering the costs of building it.

Junjun also cast doubt on Abby's confidence in winning her reelection bid.

"Siguro hindi niya kailangan pilitin 'yung tatay ko na ikampanya siya kung sobrang lakas niya. At kung sinasabi nga niya na ang tinutuntungan niya 'yung performance niya, eh 'di sana Campos na ang gamit niya," he said.

[Translation: Maybe she wouldn't need to force my father to campaign for her if she's such a strong candidate. And if she's saying that she is banking on her performance, then she should've used Campos instead.]

Abby is married to Makati 2nd District Rep. Luis Campos, who ran to take her seat in Congress in 2015 as she ran for mayor.

Campos is another problem for the Binay family, Junjun said, as the Makati representative supposedly declared that the time of Binays is over and that the time of the Camposes has come.

Despite these challenges, coupled with the alleged harassment and intimidation of supporters, Junjun is confident that the race to the top post in Makati City Hall would be a close fight between him and his sister.