Sen. Binay emotional over siblings’ verbal spat, reminds sister Abby: ‘We’re still family’

Reelectionist Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay on Monday took some time off from the campaign trail to address issues surrounding the heated verbal tussle between her two siblings.

At the same time, Nancy appealed to her sister, Makati City Mar-len Abigail “Abby” Binay-Campos, for them to stick to the issues and not their personal problems.

Binay-Campos and former Makati city mayor Junjun Binay had a very public spat last Saturday at the San Ildefonso church in Makati City where both were invited to attend a debate organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Senator Binay admitted she didn’t like what happened: “Pinagsabihan ko sila, pareho kayong talo dyan. Ang pangit, hindi maganda,” Binay said in an interview over ANC Headstart.

As much as possible, the senator said she did not want to talk about their private life, but her sister has been taking things too far on a personal level.

“She has been talking about it…ako naman, I thought we need to say our side,” Nancy said.

“Number 1, di daw kami close because nag-aral daw siya sa UPLB (University of the Philippines Los Baños). That’s not true, lagi kaming magkakasama na mga babae (sa pamilya),” she pointed out.

What really started the rift between them, according to Nancy, was when they disapproved of the man she was dating, who is now Rep. Luis Ocampo, and the husband of her sister.

“Minasama niya yung pinagsabihan namin na mag-ingat siya,” Nancy recalled.

Even then, the Binays accepted Ocampo when their sister decided to marry him. They were even all present during the wedding.

“We tried to accept him..we were civil to him…di naman kami bastos sa kanya,” she pointed out.

But the couple eventually stopped joining the family during Sunday lunches, making it hard for them to mend their relationship. According to Nancy, the couple does not like the family’s terms when it comes to politics.

Senator Binay, likewise, denied Abigail’s allegation she did not support her bid when the latter ran for mayor.

But the family’s decision to support Junjun Binay’s mayoral bid was due to Abigail’s failure to continue the “Binay brand” of public service which their patriarch, former Makati city Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, had started.

“We believe ang brother ko ang magtutuloy. We thought she would continue that kind of service…we had issues with her leadership style,” she explained.

She added that she also feared for her brother’s life. She did not elaborate.

Junjun Binay, who was with the senator during the interview, said he learned there were people planning to hurt him. He declined to comment further but cited the death of his assistant.

Nevertheless, she said she will continue to support both her siblings whoever wins as Makati City mayor in the upcoming May 2019 midterm elections.

Turning emotional, the lawmaker said, she hopes that her sister will still remember that they are still family.

“Sa akin simple lang, pag wala na kami sa pwesto – at the end of the day – yung mga nakapaligid sa amin mawawala lahat yan, pero kaming pamilya n’ya will always be there for her,” Binay said while trying to hold back tears.

“Kahit ginaganyan n’ya kami, kami pa rin yung kadugo n’ya kaya kahit ang daming nabato, we’re still family,” she further said.

Asked if she thinks her sister has already forgotten that they were family, Nancy said: “I think so.”

Nancy said she can only feel the pain her parents are experiencing right now.

“I’m more hurt for my parents. I can feel yung pinagdadaanan nila ngayon…They are no longer young. Sana yung remaining years na lang nila, sana magtulugan kaming magkakapatid to make them happy,” Nancy said.

Asked if she was willing to forgive her sister and welcome her back with open arms, she said: “Of course I’m her sister, I will always be her ate. Nag simula itong lahat dahil nagpapaka-ate ko sa kanya.”

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