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Abby wins ‘Battle of Binays’



MAKATI City Mayor Abby Binay and brother Junjun Binay

With more than 50 percent of the total votes tallied Tuesday, Abigail “Abby” Binay remains the mayor of Makati City, the country’s financial capital.

She defeated her brother, Junjun Binay, who garnered only 98, 653 votes or 30 percent of the total votes cast.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Makati said Abigail got 179, 522 votes from the 503 clustered precincts in the city.

Her running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, won against Cong. Monsour del Rosario in the vice mayoral race. She got 182, 655 votes while the incumbent first district congressman attained 105, 153.

For the congressional race in the 2nd district of Makati, incumbent Cong. Luis Campos, the husband of Abigail, beaten Coun. King Yabut by 27, 491 votes. The mayor’s husband garnered 90, 736 votes while the city councilor got 63, 245 votes.

The father of Abigail, former vice president Jojo Binay, who is running as 1st district congressman, lost to Romulo “Kid” Pena Jr. who won with 71, 035 votes. The Binay patriarch garnered 65, 229 votes, 5, 806 votes short to tie with Pena.

Abigail’s mayoral bid was backed by his father while Junjun was endorsed by their mother, former mayor Elenita Binay.

In 2007, she was elected as representative of Makati’s second district in Congress.

Abigail won over Romulo “Kid” Pena during the 2016 elections.

She is the fourth Binay family member to become mayor of the country’s financial district. Her mother, Elenita, was the first to become mayor in their family, serving from 1998 to 2001. (Jel Santos)