Jejomar Binay

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Jejomar Binay
Jejomar Binay
Binay in 2010
13th Vice President of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byNoli de Castro
Succeeded byLeni Robredo
Mayor of Makati
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Vice MayorErnesto Mercado
Preceded byElenita Binay
Succeeded byJejomar Binay Jr.
In office
February 2, 1988 – June 30, 1998
Vice MayorRoberto Brilliantes
Augusto Pangan
Arturo Yabut
Preceded bySergio Santos (Acting)
Succeeded byElenita Binay
In office
February 27, 1986 – December 31, 1987
Vice MayorRoberto Brilliantes
Preceded byNemesio Yabut
Succeeded bySergio Santos (Acting)
Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
In office
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
Preceded byProspero Oreta
Succeeded byBenjamin Abalos
In office
January 1990 – June 30, 1991
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byIgnacio Bunye
Governor of Metro Manila
In office
Preceded byJoey Lina (acting)
Succeeded byElfren Cruz (acting)
Chairman of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 25, 2015
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byNoli de Castro
Succeeded byChito Cruz
Presidential Adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 25, 2015
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Personal details
Jesus Jose Cabauatan Binay[a]

(1942-11-11) November 11, 1942 (age 79)[b]
Paco, Manila, Philippine Commonwealth
Political partyLakas ng Bayan (1978–1986)
PDP–Laban (1986–2014)
United Nationalist Alliance (2014–present)
Other political
United Opposition (2005–2010)
United Nationalist Alliance (2012–2014)
(m. 1972)
Children5 (including Nancy, Abigail and Jejomar Jr.)
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines, Diliman (BA, LLB)
National Defense College of the Philippines
Philippine Christian University (MA)
University of the Philippines Open University (Dip)
WebsiteGovernment website

Jejomar "Jojo" Cabauatan Binay[2] (born November 11, 1942)[b] is a Filipino politician who served as the 13th Vice President of the Philippines under President Benigno Aquino III.

During the Martial Law period, Binay represented political prisoners in the 1970s for no charge.[3] After some time, he himself was detained. It was also during the Martial Law period that Binay and other human rights lawyers created the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity, and Nationalism (MABINI)[4]

Binay was appointed by former President Corazon Aquino as officer-in-charge of Makati from 1986 to 1987. After his assignment, he was elected Mayor Makati in 1988 and served until 1998. Concurrently, he was also the Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from 1990 to 1991. In 2001, he was reelected as Mayor and served until 2010.[5] During his time as vice president, He was appointed as Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers but resigned on June 22, 2015,[6] due to differences with President Aquino and some of his cabinet members.

Early life[edit]

Jejomar Binay was born in Paco, Manila. The name "Jejomar" is a portmanteau of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary. He is the younger of two children of Diego "Jego" Medrano Binay, a librarian from Bauan, Batangas, and Lourdes Gatan Cabauatan, a school teacher from Cabagan, Isabela. He had an older sibling who died before he was born, making him the only one who survived childhood.[2] After being orphaned at the age of nine, he was adopted by his uncle, Ponciano Binay.[7][8]


Binay finished basic education at the Philippine Normal College Training Department and graduated from the University of the Philippines Preparatory School.[5]

He went to the University of the Philippines Diliman for college and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Political Science. While studying at UP, he became member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.[5] He continued on to the UP College of Law and graduated in 1967 then passed the bar examinations in 1968. He got a master's degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1980 and a master's degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines. He took up Strategic Economic Program in the Center for Research and Communication. He enrolled in a Non-Resident and General Staff Course at the Command and General Staff College, AFP and joined the seniors executive fellow program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. In 1993, he received a diploma in Land Use Program from the University of the Philippines. In 1996, he finished the Top Management Program at the Asian Institute of Management in Bali, Indonesia. He also took up the Joint Services and Command Staff course in the AFP. He also has a master's degree in Management at the Philippine Christian University and a diploma in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from the University of the Philippines Open University.[5]

Legal career[edit]

Upon passing the bar examination to be a lawyer, Binay took up Human Rights Law. During the Martial Law period, he represented political prisoners in the 1970s for no charge.[3] After some time, he himself was detained.

It was also during the Marcos regime that Binay and other human rights lawyers created the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity, and Nationalism (MABINI).[4]

Political career[edit]

Mayor of Makati (1988-1998; 2001-2010)[edit]

First to third terms (1988-1998)[edit]

On February 27, 1986, Binay became one of President Corazon Aquino’s first appointed local officials after Mayor Nemesio Yabut died while in office during the EDSA Revolution.[9] He was elected in his own right on January 18, 1988 and was reelected on May 11, 1992 and on May 8, 1995. Binay was known as the first city mayor of Makati, as the municipality became a highly-urbanized city on February 4, 1995.

He joined pro-democracy forces in preventing the mutinies against the Aquino administration from being successful. 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 Aquino.

Fourth to sixth terms (2001-2010)[edit]

Then Makati Mayor Binay at a meeting of political leaders in Valencia, Negros Oriental, Philippines in September 2009.

On May 14, 2001, Binay reclaimed his post as mayor of Makati, winning over actor, TV host, and then-vice mayor Edu Manzano in a landslide victory and became a critic of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He won his fifth term on May 10, 2004, by a large margin against 1st district Councilor Oscar Ibay. He ran for his sixth and last term as mayor on May 14, 2007, and won again by a significant margin 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.[10]

In October 2006, the Department of the Interior and Local Government issued a suspension order against then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, and all members of the City Council following an accusation of 'ghost employees' on the city payroll by former Vice Mayor Roberto Brillante, a political rival.[11] Refusing to cooperate with the suspension order, he barricaded himself inside the Makati City Hall. Among those who expressed support were former President Corazon Aquino, actress Susan Roces - the widow of the late movie star and 2004 opposition presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. - and several Catholic bishops.[12][13] 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 was resolved.[14]

Binay - together with his wife, Elenita, and nine others - was vindicated by the courts in a graft case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman over allegations of overpricing in the purchase of office furniture. Allegedly, he had irregular purchases worth ₱232 million from the years 1991–2006. 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 him and his six co-accused for lack of factual basis even prior to Binay's arraignment.[15] Critics claim the suspension order was intended to distract attention from the government's own scandals.[16]

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 then Mayor Binay and then Vice Mayor Mercado.

The BIR issued the order after it said the city still owed the BIR ₱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, Mercado, the city government and the city's treasurer and accountant.

The city government protested the garnishment order, saying the city had already paid ₱200 million to the BIR as part of a settlement agreement agreed to by Finance Secretary Margarito Teves and former BIR chief Jose Buñag. The city also said the order was flawed, since Baquiran had no authority to issue writs of garnishment and freezing the personal accounts of Binay and Mercado were also unlawful.[17][18]

Ordered by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), Binay was made to pay the deficiency in taxes amounting to more than ₱1.1 billion to the BIR, in December 2009.

The garnishment orders were eventually lifted by Malacañang Palace, but not until after Binay slammed the move as politically motivated and patently illegal.[19][20]

Binay's camp claimed and accused former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of political harassment. Because of this, as per the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), a suspension order was served against Binay over alleged corruption. The latter said that the tax obligations were already settled between the BIR and the Makati city government.

And again, barely a week before the local elections, the Ombudsman suspended him based on allegations made by a local candidate allied with Malacañan. It would be revealed that the charges were supported by falsified statements. 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. He 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.[21]

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.[22] Despite the controversy of this tax liability issue, Binay still won the position of Vice President in 2010 by a landslide victory.[23]

A photo of then Vice Presidential candidate and former Makati City Mayor Binay, with his rumored mistress, was leaked online.

Though he admitted to having an extramarital affair, he said that the leaked photo was part of "black propaganda" against him, because of his high ratings in the Vice Presidential survey conducted prior to the leaking of the photo.

The alleged "black propaganda" device had little to no effect on the campaign of Binay, who closed the gap of votes between him and leading vice presidential candidate Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II in a formerly conducted survey. Despite the issue, Binay's landslide victory landed him the position of vice president.[24]

Vice Presidency[edit]

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Binay initially announced his bid for the presidency for the 2010 elections during his 66th birthday celebration at the Makati City Hall on November 11, 2008, but abandoned his bid in order to give way to the reelection bid of Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. He eventually became Estrada's running mate and ran under the banner of PDP–Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan).

He initially showed a relatively poor performance in the public opinion polls, trailing behind Senators Loren Legarda and Mar Roxas, who was heavily favored to win the race, but his standings improved as the elections approached, overtaking Legarda and tying with Roxas in the final survey conducted.[25][26] He went on to defeat Roxas in the election.

Binay took his oath as vice president on June 30, 2010, becoming the first local government official to do so. He is also the oldest Filipino to be elected vice president at the age of 67 and the second overall after Teofisto Guingona, Jr who, at age 72, was appointed vice president by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

He 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 and Presidential Adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers (Presidential Adviser for OFW Concerns). During this time, He was assigned to lead "Task Force OFW" which helps Overseas Filipino Workers who were maltreated by their employers to return to the Philippines with the assistance of the government.

Binay giving a speech during his time as Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines (2010-2015)

Presidential Campaign

Binay with Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla during the signing of a coalition agreement between the United Nationalist Alliance and Partido Magdalo.

Initially he polled highly among expected presidential candidates for the 2016 Philippine general election.[27][28][29] However, in the September 2015 Pulse Asia he placed third after Senator Grace Poe and Mar Roxas, the ruling Liberal Party presidential candidate. His trust rating had also dropped 18% due to political harassment and black propaganda by his political enemies.

Speculation as to who his running mate for 2016 have seen fingers pointed in many directions, including the likes of PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan,[30] Senator Jinggoy Estrada,[31] Rep. Manny Pacquiao,[32] Nacionalista Party President Manny Villar,[33] and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos.[34] But later revealed to be Senator Gringo Honasan who also happens to be the Vice President of the United Nationalist Alliance.


Vice President Binay disclosed his platform for his 2016 Presidential bid during his speech in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Cebu City on March 20, 2015.[35]

He aims to improve the situation in the state colleges and universities, public health hospitals and clinics, police stations, and mass housing. An increase in both salaries and benefits of public school teachers and health workers, members of the police force, and other public servants was also promised. In his plans include a redesigning and re-engineering of the transportation system of the country, as well as prioritizing the building of more infrastructures and the creation of more jobs. He proposes to change the constitution to boost the economy, and speed up the country's development.[35]

In early July of the same year, Binay expressed UNA's (his party list) platform for 2016 in a speech:

Ang sigaw ng UNA at ng taumbayan sawa na tayo sa kahirapan, sawa na tayo sa kawalan ng hanapbuhay, sawa na tayo sa kriminalidad at ilegal na droga. Sawa na tayo sa kakulangan ng basic services... hirap na tayo sa manhid at palpak na pamahalaan,

What UNA and the citizens are expressing is that we're tired of poverty, we're tired of unemployment, we're tired of criminals and illegal drugs. We're tired of the lack of basic services...we're struggling under a numb and failed government,

Post-vice presidency[edit]

Binay lost the presidential election to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He called Duterte personally congratulating him three days after the election.[36] Binay then became the founding Dean of the University of Makati College of Law.[37] In 2019, Binay unsuccessfully ran in the congressional election in Makati's 1st district against former acting Mayor Romulo Peña Jr.[38]

Binay had also voiced out in political issues during the Duterte administration. He supported ABS-CBN amidst its franchise renewal controversy.[39][40] He also stands against the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.[41] He also criticized the Duterte administration for failing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the Philippines.[42] He also said that lawyers are more scared under Duterte than they were under former President Ferdinand Marcos.[43]

On July 24, 2021, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that Binay will be running for senator in 2022.[44] Binay was named to the senatorial slate not only of Sotto's running mate for president, Senator Panfilo Lacson, but also of presidential aspirants Manny Pacquiao and Leni Robredo.[45][46]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Dr. Elenita Sombilo Binay, who also served as Mayor of Makati from 1998 to 2001. They have five children:[47]

  • Maria Lourdes Nancy (Nancy, born May 12, 1973), married to Jose Benjamin Angeles, with four children
  • Mar-Len Abigail (Abby, born December 12, 1975), married to Luis Jose Angel Campos Jr., with one child (Martina)
  • Jejomar Erwin Jr. (Junjun, born July 12, 1977), a widower of Kennely Ann Lacia, with four children (Jejomarie Alexi, Maria Isabel, Jejomar III, and Maria Kennely)
  • Marita Angeline (Anne, born May 12, 1979), married to Don Alcantara
  • Joanna Marie Blanca (born November 22, 1988)

In addition to his five children, Binay is also the grandfather to thirteen grandchildren.[48]

Honors and awards[edit]


Honorary degree[edit]

  • Doctor of Public Administration, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 1992[5]


  1. ^ His birth name was supposed to be Jesus Jose Maria Cabauatan Binay, but Maria was not entered into his birth certificate.[1]
  2. ^ a b According to his birth certificate, he was born on November 10, 1942.[2] However, according to other official documents, he was born on November 11, 1942, which is the date he personally prefers.


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  13. ^ Erap to Palace: Stop harassing opposition. October 18, 2006
  14. ^ CA stops Binay’s suspension. Updated October 20, 2006
  15. ^ Norman Bordadora Sandigan Bayan clears Binay of graft charge Archived August 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. October 31, 2006
  16. ^ Binay’s suspension a political vendetta. October 19, 2006
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  18. ^ Michael Punongbayan and Jose Rodel Clapano Suspension for Binay. May 5, 2007
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  22. ^ Sandy Araneta Binay questions suspension. May 9, 2007
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  33. ^ BT: VP Binay, marami umanong kinokonsiderang maging running mate sa Eleksyon 2016. September 16, 2014. Archived from the original on December 19, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via YouTube.
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  42. ^ "Binay disses Duterte for 'routine' failure in battling COVID-19". Abogado. February 11, 2021.
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