Jejomar C. Binay

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Jejomar "Jojo" C. Binay
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Vice President of the Philippines
incumbent
Political Party: PDP-Laban
June 2010 to present
Born: November 11, 1941
Spouse: Dr. Elenita S. Binay
Website: http://www.jejomarbinay.com.ph/
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Jejomar "Jojo" C. Binay is the vice president of the Philippines. He is also the president of the United Opposition (UNO), Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

He is married to Elenita Sombillo, a doctor of medicine. Dr. Elenita S. Binay became the mayor of Makati from 1998 to 2001. Binay and his wife have five children: Maria Lourdes Nancy, Mar-Len Abigail (2nd District of Makati representative), Jejomar Erwin (Makati mayor) Marita Angeline and Joanna Marie Blanca.

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Background

Jojo to his friends, Binay was born on November 11, 1941 in Paco, Manila. He is the only child of Diego Medrano Binay of Bauan, Batangas and Lourdes Gatan Cabauatan of Cabagan, Isabela.

Orphaned at a young age, Binay's custody was given to his uncle, Atty. Ponciano Binay. He studied at the Philippine Normal College Training Department in elementary. He finished high school at the [[University of the Philippines Preparatory High School]. He graduated from the University of the Philippines, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws. While in law school, Binay worked as a Claims Examiner in Insular Life Assurance Company.

Binay took the bar exams in 1968 and after passing it, he furthered his studies in Public Administration in the University of the Philippines and Law in University of Santo Tomas.

He also took up graduate studies at the National Defense College of the Philippines, the Command and General Staff College, the Center for Research and Communication (now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific), the Joint Services Command Staff College, and the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning. He was also a senior executive fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Career

He worked as a Claims Examiner for the Insular Life Assurance Company while studying Law at the University of the Philippines.

Upon getting his license as a law practitioner, he worked as a legal Counsel of Carlos Loyzaga who was then a Councilor of Manila. He also became an assistant attorney in the Deogracias T. Reyes Law Office, and later on, a senior partner in the Binay, Cueva and Associates Law Office. While practicing his profession, Binay also taught Taxation and Land Reform at St. Catherine's School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Management, Political Science and Law at the Philippine College of Commerce in 1970-1972.

He was also a lecturer and professor of law, political science and public administration at Philippine College of Commerce (now known as Polytechnic University of the Philippines), Philippine Women's University and St. Scholastica's College.

Martial Law

When the Martial Law was imposed, Binay was detained for being an activist. He joined the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) of former Senator Jose Diokno and then Executive Secretary Joker Arroyo. Later on, he became the Chairman for Metro Manila of the said group. Binay co-founded the Movement for the Advancement of Brotherhood, Integrity, Nationalism and Independence (MABINI), a group which aims to help poor people who cannot afford legal services, with Exec. Sec. Arroyo, Minister Augusto Sanchez, Deputy Secretary Fulgencio Factoran, Presidential Spokesman Rene Saguisag and MP Egmidio Tanjuatco.

Political Career

Binay joined the August Twenty-One Movement when Senator Ninoy Aquino was assasinated in 1983. At present, he is the legal counsel of the mentioned movement and a member of the ATOM's Executive Committee. He is also a member of the National Executive Council of the cause-oriented group, BANDILA.

When Corazon Aquino was inaugurated as president of the Philippines in 1986, Binay became the first appointee in the local government as the officer-in-charge of Makati, which was then still a municipality.

In 1988, Binay was formally elected mayor of Makati, and was reelected in 1992 and 1995. In 1987, he was appointed governor of Metro Manila and later elected as chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority. Upon his appointment, he took daring yet sensible moves to put the financial house of Makati in order including purging the payroll of 3,000 ghost employees to save 2.4 million pesos a month, and canceling contracts found disadvantageous to the local government.

As a mayor, he prioritized quality education for the residents of Makati. Public schools in this city are among the best public schools in the Philippines in terms of facilities and quality of instruction. Student's books, school materials and uniforms in public schools are also subsidized by the local government. By 1987, the private sector and the residents payed taxes in record numbers which was taken by the local government as a sign of confidence in the administration of Binay.

A local government health card, called the "yellow card", was issued by Binay to the Makati residents which covers a certain amount of hospitalization costs. He was also the first official to provide free movie tickets to senior citizens covering the cost when they watch movies at Makati malls.

With the conversion of Makati as an urban city under his term, Binay, under the virtue of R.A. 7845 became the first Chief Executive of the City Government of Makati in 1995.

He took a three-year break from local politics and served as the Chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and he was also appointed as vice-chairman of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and Traffic Czar for Metro Manila.

In 2001, he was re-elected as mayor of the city of Makati. He also received the overwhelming majority of votes in the 2004 elections which put him as mayor of Makati again.

In 2006, Binay placed 4th in the Top 10 Mayors of the World by an on-line poll organized by Worldmayor.com

Suspension from office

In October 2006 Binay was suspended from office following claims of 'ghost employees' on the city payroll by a former vice mayor. It was claimed this action was part of a government-sponsored drive to root out corruption ahead of next year's local elections but critics claimed it was designed to distract attention from the government's own scandals around vote-rigging. The suspension was temporarily lifted less than one week later by the courts.

Visions for Makati

At present, Binay remains to be the mayor of the city of Makati and he sees Makati as one of the most modern urban centers of Asia and the Pacific. He envisions Makati not only as a national capital for finance and commerce, but also as a center for information technology, a place for Asian tourism, a beacon for the culture and the arts, and a leader in public services.


2010 election bid timeline

On 11 November 2008 (his 67th birthday), Binay announced his 2010 presidential bid. He would run under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

In March 2009, Former President Joseph Estrada expressed his support for Binay, referring to the latter as “the next president.” However, in September 2009, Binay let go of his aspirations for presidency in the wake of Senator Benigno Aquino III's declaration of candidacy under the Liberal Party banner. Binay offered to mediate a dialogue between Aquino and Estrada for the opposition to decide on a single standard-bearer; however, this did not result in an agreement to form a coalition. Instead, on 21 October 2009, Binay declared his bid for vice presidency in tandem with Estrada under the United Opposition banner at the Plaza Amado Hernandez in Tondo, Manila.

Binay was declared as the vice-presidential winner when the canvassing by the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) drew to a close on 8 June 2010. Binay garnered a total of 14,645,547 votes, defeating his closest rival, Mar Roxas by 727,084 votes. Binay led in the provinces of ManilaLagunaBulacanCaviteCamarines NorteKalingaAuroraDavao OrientalApayaoPasigValenzuela, Taguig-PaterosNueva EcijaAntiqueNorth CotabatoBatangasQuezon CityAbraLas PinasBasilanSuluMuntinlupaPasayMakati CityDavao del SurMalabonSan Juan City, Sultan KudaratMaguindanaoCagayan de Oro CityEastern SamarDavao City and Lanao del Sur.

Campaign manifesto

The Makati mayor summarizes his 20-year experience of handling the country's financial center in three core insights: the people make the economy work, the government makes the society work, and the economy grows by being better than others. A society driven to work toward a progressive and competent economy without undermining the mandates of the law is Binay's vision of the Philippines.

  • Human capital

Investing in peace and the rule of law is tantamount to investing in people who can mobilize an economy. For Binay, an orderly society attracts and retains more investors, entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, and workers. The government's role is to function by the people's mandate and work with businesses, not against.

  • Education and labor

An education that could address the problems of unemployment and the lack of skilled local manpower in the business sector is what Binay aims to further. Through several programs conceived out of partnerships with the private sector, Binay projects a 100% employability of program graduates. He further noted that “the presence of skilled manpower provides an additional incentive for businesses, who will then continue to invest in Makati.”

  • Trade and business

For an economy to work, Binay deems it necessary for the government to foster a healthy environment of competition among businesses and not against it. The bureaucracy must be able to “protect investments, share the vision of entrepreneurs and its own vision with them, inspire managers with inspired governance, uphold the dignity of the professions, and invest in social programs to invest workers with good health and good education.” Binay iterated that these programs for the welfare of the citizenry is an inherent right of the people and not merely a form of charity.

Moreover, competence is still the key in attracting investments which would result in economic growth and societal prosperity.

  • Good governance

Binay posits that a government that works against the interest of the populace “neglects their health and education, makes them fall in line, where they can, for cheap medicine and rice.” Whereas, the kind of government that a country needs is one that will ensure the rightful share of the people in a progressive economy, and the welfare of the children so they will develop into “productive, progressive, even prosperous members of the society.”

  • Agriculture

Binay also sees that replenishing the remaining 1.4 million farmlands nationwide suitable for irrigation creates three possible solutions to the problems of the country: “increase the value of farmland to a level that would attract foreign direct investments in mechanization, modern farming technology, and fertilization” and “immediately create jobs in the countryside where jobs are needed,” which will result in the return of the urban poor to their provinces.

Civic Work

Affiliations

  • LABAN
    • Member
    • Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee
  • Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban(PDP-Laban)
    • National President
    • Member, National Executive Committee
    • Chairman, Makati Chapter
    • Chairman, Metro Manila Council
    • Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee
    • Makati Campaign Manager, 1986 Presidential Snap Elections
  • Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee, The World Organization of the Scout Movement
    • Member (1998); Chairman (2007-2012)

References

  1. ^ "Erap calls Binay “next President”," Philippine Star (accessed 15 April 2010)
  2. ^ "Estrada-Binay tandem in 2010 polls," Jejomar Binay Official Website (accessed 15 April 2010)

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