Jejomar C. Binay
|Political Party:|| PDP-Laban|
United Nationalist Alliance
|Born:||November 11, 1941|
|Spouse:||Dr. Elenita S. Binay|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 presidential election bid
On 11 November 2008 (his 67th birthday), Binay announced his 2010 presidential bid and ran 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 Manila, Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Camarines Norte, Kalinga, Aurora, Davao Oriental, Apayao, Pasig, Valenzuela, Taguig-Pateros, Nueva Ecija, Antique, North Cotabato, Batangas, Quezon City, Abra, Las Pinas, Basilan, Sulu, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Makati City, Davao del Sur, Malabon, San Juan City, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Cagayan de Oro City, Eastern Samar, Davao City and Lanao del Sur.
Binay took his oath as vice president on June 30, 2010. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III appointed Binay as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). He also heads the Task Force OFW which helps Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were maltreated by their employers to return to the Philippines with the assistance of the government.
- Improve the situation in the state colleges and universities, public health hospitals and clinics, police stations, and mass housing.
- Increase in both salaries and benefits of public school teachers and health workers, policemen, and other public servants.
- Redesign and re-engineer the transportation system of the Philippines.
- Prioritize the building of infrastructures and the creation of more jobs.
- Propose to change the constitution to boost the economy and speed up the country's development
- Rotary Club of Makati, R.I. District 3830 - Member
- Boy Scouts of the Philippines - National President (third term), Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee Chairman
- United Cities and Local Governments - Asia Pacific Chapter - Vice President for Membership (2006- 2008)
- World Executive Committee – International Union of Local Authorities-Asia Pacific - Life Honorary Member (since February 2001), Member
- Network for Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlement (CITYNET) - Member, Executive Committee (2006-2009)
- World Scout Organization - Chairman, Finance Sub-Committee
- Philippine Navy Reserve Force - Colonel rank
- 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
- Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism, Inc. (MABINI)
- Founding Member
- Vice-Chairman, 1985
- August Twenty One Movement (ATOM)
- Legal Counsel
- Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG)
- Chairman, Manila Chapter
- Boy Scouts of the Philippines
- National President, February 6, 1998 to present
- National President, 1994-1996 (two consecutive terms)
- Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee, The World Organization of the Scout Movement
- Member (1998); Chairman (2007-2012)
- United Opposition (UNO)
Awards and recognition
- Outstanding Award, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), 1992
- Award on the Luzon Campaign Medal, 1992
- Special Presidential Award for Service, 2002
- Leadership Award, Presidential Citation, 2002
- Most Outstanding City Mayor of Makati and Consumers Advocate Award, 2003
- University of the Philippines Oblation Run Award Best in Sports Wear, 2004
- Centennial Medal of Honor, 2005
- Outstanding Public Official and Great Achiever, 2005
- World Mayor Award granted by London-based City Mayors, 2006
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