MANILA, Philippines — After releasing a statement saying that the United Nationalist Alliance is dropping re-electionist senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Loren Legarda and former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Chair Grace Poe from their senatorial slate, UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco announced the three candidates that will replace them.
“I would like to introduce the newest members of UNA that would continue the crusade that our former guest candidates could not bring to the table,” boasts Tiangco. “Please give a round of applause to Anne, JM and Paolo!”
At this point, siblings Maritoni “Anne” Angelou Binay and Joanna Margarita Blanca “JM” Binay, together with their second cousin Romeo Martin “Paolo” Binay came up on stage waving to the crowd as the campaign jingle for Nancy Binay is playing in the background. UNA’s PR personnel started handing out information sheets pertaining to the newly announced candidates.
- Maritoni “Anne” Angelou Binay is 42 years old, worked as a telephone operator at her mother’s clinic, and then transferred to her dad’s office because of her exceptional skill in making that perfectly brewed coffee. Her platform is: “Kay Anne Binay, sasarap ang buhay!”
- Joanna Margarita Blanca “JM” Binay is 39 years old. She also worked at their mother’s clinic as Anne’s secretary, where she answers the phone first before handing it to her sister. She also transferred to Makati, but this time at her brother, Junjun’s office where she files all the documents in a neatly order and alphabetized them weekly. Her platform is : “Kay JM Binay, magiging maayos ang buhay!”
- Romeo Martin “Paolo” Binay is 34 years old, turning 35 on May 9th and is the second cousin of the Binay siblings. He is the stepson of the vice president’s elder brother’s son, to which Tiangco was quick to clarify that Paolo still carries Binay’s “dynasty of service.” Paolo was working as a parking attendant, jeepney barker, assisting the elderly cross the street and helping people with their driver’s license renewal at various Land Transportation Office (LTO) branches before being tapped as a replacement. His platform is: “Kay Binay, yayaman ang
According to all three, even as a child, their strong point was towards public service which makes it their strong (and only) point.
“We were all raised to be leaders in our country,” added JM Binay.
“Itinuro ko muna yun tamang timpla nung kape sa kapalit ko habang nangangampany kami (I just taught my replacement the right mixture of coffee while I’m away),” said Anne Binay.
This early, UNA is boasting that all three are already on the “Magic 12”, joining Nancy Binay, if their recent survey is to be believed. According to Tiangco, “They have already surpassed and overtaken Chiz, Loren and Poe at the top.”
Stay tuned for more developments.