Nancy gets sympathy from Risa vs. cyberbullies

Thanks, but no thanks.
 
This was the message of Vice President Jejomar Binay's daughter Nancy, as she reacts to co-senatorial bet Risa Hontinveros-Baraquel coming to her defense against cyber-bullies.

Related story: Is Nancy Binay scared of debates


But the United National Alliance (UNA) candidate clarifies her appreciation for Hontiveros’ gesture is not enough to convince her to accept former Akbayan lawmaker’s dare engaging her in a debate.
 
“She seemed very sincere and I’m thankful that Ms. Risa Hontiveros is coming to my defense. When this election is over, the competition or rivalry between [us] will be over as well,” Binay said.
 
But Binay, who has been criticized for not having impressive achievements for her to qualify as a senator, emphasizes her doubt that joining debates would win her the votes she need to get a Senate seat.
 
The University of the Philippines (UP) graduate explains the third ranking she recently received from Social Weather Stations (SWS) does not guarantee her victory in the May 13 polls.
 
She expresses fear that what happened to Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, who ran in the vice presidential race in 2010 elections, would happen to her.
 
Various survey painted Roxas the sure winner in the vice presidential polls, with an overwhelming 54 percent rating only to find himself defeated by now Vice President Binay on election day.
 
“My father’s rival got 54 percent, my father was only 2 percent in the survey. But he still continued on with his level of campaigning,” Binay told reporters.
 
The Binay patriarch surprised everyone with a come-from behind victory after months of trailing Roxas and Senator Loren Legarda about the vice presidential race in the 2010 surveys.
 
“I don’t want what happened to my father’s rival to happen to me just because I’m doing well in the surveys. For me, survey (results cannot) predict on who will win or lose in the election,” she added.
 
Related story: Get to know candidates
 

“At the end of the day… we all want to get a Senate seat. Yes, it’s all about winning first and in my mindset, I’m not winning,” she noted, justifying her continued refusal to engage in public debates.
 
Binay, who claims she gained enough experience while serving as volunteer assistant to her father and mother when they were both mayors in Makati City, regrets campaigning leaves her with no time to debate.
 
Binay was the first among popular senatorial candidates to decline Yahoo! Philippines’ invitation for its Purple Thumb senatorial forum in Ateneo de Manila University last week.
 
She said she needs to work double time to campaign considering this is her first time to visit far-flung districts compared to her rivals, who have already established their constituency.
 
But she assured to give Hontiveros, who is still lagging behind surveys, her time for a debate should she win the elections.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded
    Indonesia informs convicts of execution, Frenchman excluded

    Indonesia said Saturday it has officially notified eight foreign drug convicts that they will be executed, but a Frenchman was granted a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure on Jakarta. The eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where they will face the firing squad along with an Indonesian prisoner, despite strident international criticism. "Today, just now, we just finished …

  • Double Celebration
    Double Celebration

    Ropali Corporation, one of the top multi-brand motorcycle dealers in the Philippines, now holds two Guinness World Records. In the span of four days, Ropali Corporation broke two records, namely: The Largest Parade of Motorcycles with Sidecars and The Largest Simultaneous Motorcycle Burnout. As such, it also became the first motorcycle dealer in the Philippines to become a two-time Guinness World Record holder. The record for The Largest Parade of Motorcycles with Sidecars was previously …

  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options