Ex-VP Binay emerges from hiatus, joins Senate derby


Former Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, coming out of retirement, confirmed Thursday he is running for a Senate seat in the upcoming senatorial derby as his daughter, incumbent Sen. Nancy Binay bows out.

“We have done a lot for our fellow Filipinos,” Binay said, adding: “We can do more, and we should do more.”

After serving as long time mayor of Makati before his election to the second-highest elective position, Binay said: “We learned during this pandemic how the people have been deeply neglected. We need to fix this.”

A former human-rights lawyer during the Marcos regime, Binay reminded that “the first priority should be helping the 4 million Filipinos who lost their jobs, the over 3 million families who are experiencing hunger, and the thousands of small businesses who had no choice but to close down.”

“We need to help them recover. Looking forward, we should work to rebuild our economy in a way that puts priority on creating stable jobs,” Binay said, suggesting that “we should reform our health-care system.And the safety, welfare, and well-being of the people should
always be our foremost concern.”

Recalling that he had been “in public service for more than 30 years, this is what I will offer to our people. We have done a lot for our fellow Filipinos. We can do more, and we should do more.”

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