Jejomar C. Binay, Sr.
|15th Vice President of the Philippines|
June 30, 2010
|President||Benigno Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Noli De Castro|
|Mayor of Makati City|
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Elenita Binay|
|Succeeded by||Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr.|
February 28, 1986 – June 30, 1998
|Preceded by||Nemesio I. Yabut|
|Succeeded by||Elenita Binay|
|Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority|
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Ignacio Bunye|
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Prospero Oreta|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Abalos|
|Born||Jejomar Cabauatan Binay, Sr.
November 11, 1942
Paco, Manila, Philippines
|Political party||PDP-Laban (2001–present)
|Children||Ma. Lourdes Nancy Binay-Angeles
Mar-Len Abigail Binay-Campos
Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr.
Marita Angeline Binay-Alcantara
Joanna Marie Blanca Binay
|Residence||Barangay San Antonio, Makati City|
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines|
|Website||Office of the Vice President|
Jejomar Binay, Sr. (born November 11, 1942), is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th Vice President of the Philippines since 2010. Previously, he was Mayor of Makati City from 1986 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010. He also holds the following positions: President of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), President of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region Scout Committee, and the President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
- 1 Education and early career
- 2 Political career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Civic work
- 5 Higher studies
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Education and early career
Binay studied at the Philippine Normal College Training Department, University of the Philippines Preparatory High School, and earned a bachelor's of arts degree in political science from the University of the Philippines and his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of the Philippines College of Law. In his collegiate stint, he also joined Alpha Phi Omega fraternity in the University of the Philippines (Eta Chapter). He passed the bar exam in 1968, and took masteral subjects in public administration and law in UP and University of Santo Tomas, respectively.
In between jobs and earning degrees, Binay gave lectures and taught law, political science and public administration at the then Philippine College of Commerce (now, Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Philippine Women’s University and St. Scholastica’s College.
Binay gave free legal assistance to poor clients and victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime. His passion for protection of human rights developed during his student days in UP, where he was a member of the UP Student Council being University Councilor and was among the acknowledged firebrands of the burgeoning student movement.
Binay joined the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) and the August Twenty-One Movement (ATOM), formed shortly after the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in August 1983. He also helped found the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism, Inc. (MABINI), a group of progressive lawyers that included Senators Lorenzo Tañada, Wigberto Tañada, Rene Saguisag and Joker Arroyo.
For helping political prisoners, many MABINI lawyers, including Binay, were locked up in local jails and military stockades.
Mayor of Makati (1986–1998)
In February 1986, Binay became President Corazon Aquino’s first appointed local official after Nemesio I. Yabut died while in office as mayor during the EDSA Revolution. He was reelected in 1987, 1992, and 1995.
Binay joined pro-democracy forces in thwarting the mutinies. His active role in the defense of the Constitution earned him the nickname “Rambotito” (or little Rambo, after the screen hero), the Outstanding Achievement Medal and a special commendation from President Aquino herself.
During his first term as mayor, Binay was also appointed Governor of Metro Manila in 1987 and was later elected by his peers in Metro Manila as chairman of the Metro Manila Authority (precursor to the MMDA). He served from 1990 to 1992.
In 1998, Binay was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) with cabinet rank under the administration of president Joseph Estrada. He was also appointed as vice-chairman of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and Traffic Czar for Metro Manila.
Mayor of Makati (2001–2010)
In 2001, Binay reclaimed his post as mayor of Makati, winning over actor, TV host, and then-vice mayor Edu Manzano via landslide. He won his second term in 2004 by a landslide against 1st district Councilor Oscar Ibay. He ran for his third and last term as mayor in 2007 and won again by a landslide, beating incumbent Senator and actor Lito Lapid. His margin over Lapid has been considered as the largest margin in a local election in Makati City.
In October 2006, the Department of the Interior and Local Government issued a suspension order against Binay, his vice mayor, and all members of the City Council following an accusation of 'ghost employees' on the city payroll by former city councilor Roberto Brillante, a political rival. Refusing to cooperate with the suspension order, Binay barricaded himself inside the Makati City Hall. Among those who expressed support for Binay were former President Corazon Aquino, actress Susan Roces – who is the widow of the late movie star and ex-presidential aspirant, Fernando Poe Jr. – and several Catholic bishops. After a three-day stand-off, the Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order. Before it lapsed, the court issued an injunction order, thereby preventing the Office of the President from enforcing its suspension order until the case is resolved.
Binay was upheld by the courts in a graft case filed by the Ombudsman over allegations of overpricing in the purchase of office furniture. The case was also filed by Brillante, who at that time was leading in Makati a Palace-supported signature campaign to amend the Constitution. The Sandiganbayan Third Division dismissed the graft case filed against Binay and his six co-accused for lack of factual basis. Critics claim the suspension order was intended to distract attention from the government's own scandals.
On May 2, 2007 the Bureau of Internal Revenue(BIR) froze all the bank accounts of the city government of Makati and the personal accounts of Binay and his Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
The BIR issued the order after it said the city still owed the BIR P 1.1 billion in withholding taxes of city employees from 1999 to 2002. BIR revenue officer Roberto Baquiran signed and issued the warrant of garnishment against the bank accounts that belonged to Binay, his vice mayor, the city government and the city’s treasurer and accountant.
The city government protested the garnishment order, saying the city had already paid P200 million to the BIR as part of a settlement agreement agreed to by Finance Secretary Margarito Teves and former BIR chief Jose Bunag. The city also said the order was flawed, since Baquiran has no authority to issue writs of garnishment. Freezing the personal accounts of Binay and Mercado were also unlawful, they said. The city government also maintained that the freeze order would cripple city government services.
The garnishment orders were eventually lifted by Malacañang, but not after Binay slammed the move as politically motivated and patently illegal. Business leaders also voiced concern over the adverse effects of the unprecedented BIR action on public services in the country’s financial center.
And again, barely a week before Election Day, the Ombudsman suspended Binay based on allegations made by a local candidate allied with Malacanang. It would be revealed that the charges were supported by falsified statements. As president of the United Opposition (UNO), Binay had been very active in campaigning for the opposition bets for the Senate, and had been issuing critical statements against the Arroyo government. In a repeat of the October 2006 incident, heavily armed policemen barged into the City Hall after office hours, forcibly opening the offices and occupying the building. Binay confronted police officials and representatives of the Department of Interior and Local Government, while hundreds of supporters once again swarmed the city hall quadrangle to show their support.
The suspension order generated national media attention, and prompted even administration senatorial candidates to protest publicly, saying the action further undermined their chances in the elections. In the election that followed, Binay and his entire slate in the polls won by a landslide. The opposition slate for the Senate eventually won by a landslide.
Binay, president of the United Opposition, announced his bid for the presidency at Makati City Hall in his 66th birthday on November 11, 2008. He ran under the banner of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban). Binay's candidacy earned words of support from former President Joseph Estrada. However, he decided to campaign for Vice President as Estrada's running mate.
Jejomar Binay was inaugurated as the 15th Vice-President of the Philippines on June 30, 2010. He was the first local government official to be elected vice president.
Binay also mostly representing President Noynoy Aquino in official visits to other countries, since the latter would always appoint him as his official representative, since the President is not fully fond of travel.
Binay was appointed as chairman of the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) by President Noynoy Aquino, the same position held by his predecessor, Vice-President Noli de Castro. As Presidential Adviser for OFW Concerns, Binay is also head of the Task Force OFW which helps Overseas Filipino Workers who were maltreated by their employers to return to the Philippines at government expense.
Binay() is married to Elenita Sombillo, a doctor of medicine. She was elected Mayor of Makati in the 1998 elections, and served until 2001. Their union bore them five children:
- Maria Lourdes ("Nancy"; current Senator of the Republic of the Philippines; married to Pepito Angeles with 4 children: Pepi, Ito, Boogie, and Anya)
- Mar-Len ("Abigail"; currently serving as representative for the 2nd District of Makati City; married to Luis Campos with 1 child: Martina)
- Jejomar Erwin Jr. ("JunJun"; current mayor of Makati City; widower; with 4 children: Alexi, Maria, Jejomar III ("Jej"), and Ken)
- Marita Angeline ("Anne"; married to Don Alcantara with 3 children: Lian, Sache, and Don Diego)
- Joanna Marie Blanca ("JM"; with 1 child: JM)
In 2010, Binay admitted to having an extramarital affair, which almost cost him his marriage to Elenita Binay. Binay complained about photos of his mistress that were leaked in the Internet, saying the tactic was a reaction to his rise in his Vice Presidential poll ratings.
Binay is also active in civic work. Besides being a member of the Rotary Club of Makati, R.I. District 3830, he is currently on his third term as the National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and was elected Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee Chairman on February 8, 2008. He also holds electoral positions in international organizations, namely: Vice President for Membership (2006–2008), United Cities and Local Governments-Asia Pacific Chapter; Life Honorary Member (since February 2001) and Member, World Executive Committee – International Union of Local Authorities-Asia Pacific; Member, Executive Committee (2006–2009), Network for Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlement (CITYNET); and Chairman, Finance Sub-Committee, World Scout Organization. He also founded Bigay Pagmamahal Foundation Incorporated which gives scholarship to the poor students of the Philippines. He also holds the rank of colonel in the Philippine Navy Reserve Force.
Binay took up graduate studies at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Center for Research and Communication (now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific), the Joint Services Command Staff College (JSCSC), and the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning. He also received a certificate from the The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania after completing the International Housing Finance Program. He was senior executive fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
- "Hon. Jejomar Binay". City Government of Makati. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Eta Chapter honors Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay ’60. Upapo.org (2010-06-21). Retrieved on 2011-11-05.
- Makati City Government official website, Biography of Hon. Jejomar C. Binay,
- Jejomar C Binay. Mayor of City of Makati, Philippines. Worldmayor.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-05.
- Michael Punongbayan Binay suspended for 60 days. Philstar.com. October 18, 2006
- Maila Ager, Veronica Uy, Thea Alberto Allies rush to embattled Binay’s side. Inquirer.net. 10/17/2006
- Erap to Palace: Stop harassing opposition. Philstar.com. October 18, 2006
- CA stops Binay’s suspension. Philstar.com. Updated October 20, 2006
- Norman Bordadora Sandigan Bayan clears Binay of graft charge. Inquirer.net. 10/31/2006
- Binay’s suspension a political vendetta. Inquirer.net. 10/19/2006
- DJ Yap Assets seizure could hurt City Hall – Binay. Inquirer.net. 05/04/2007
- Michael Punongbayan and Jose Rodel Clapano Suspension for Binay. Philstar.com. May 05, 2007
- DJ Yap, Fe Zamora Palace retreats on Binay. Inquirer.net. 05/07/2007
- Daxim Lucas BIR unfreezes Makati funds. Inquirer.net. 05/06/2007
- Julie M. Aurelio, Tarra Quismundo Binay questions suspension order. Inquirer.net. 05/05/2007
- Sandy Araneta Binay questions suspension. Philstar.com. May 09, 2007
- DJ Yap (UPDATE 2) Binay is reelected Makati mayor. Inquirer.net. 05/17/2007
- 10 senators proclaimed. Philippine Fiesta. Volume 6 No. 3. June 8–21, 2007
- Binay: Photos leaked due to rise in ratings. Philstar.com (2010-05-01). Retrieved on 2011-11-05.
- Citymayors.com, Jejomar Binay: Political prisoner, civil rights lawyer and for 20 years Mayor of Makati City. Citymayors.com (2006-10-23). Retrieved on 2011-11-05.
- The Makati City Government official website, Meet the Mayor,
|Mayor of Makati
|New office||Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
|Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Benjamin Abalos, Sr.
|Mayor of Makati
Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr.
Noli de Castro
|Vice President of the Philippines
June 30, 2010–present
|Order of precedence|
Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
|Philippines order of precedence
as Vice President of the Philippines
President of the Senate of the Philippines