Nancy Binay on running for Makati mayor: 'I'm still waiting for signs'

As far as Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay is concerned, she is still waiting for signs before making her final decision to push through with her plan to run as mayor of Makati City.

The senator said she is waiting for at least three signs to happen before she decides to run for Makati mayor and possibly compete against her brother-in-law, Makati Rep. Luis Campos Jr. for the local chief executive post. 

Last January of this year, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay declared her husband as her chosen successor, while saying she is still studying her options on whether to run for a congressional seat or a Senate post after her mayoral stint ends in 2025.

In a press conference in Pasay City, Binay said one of the signs she is waiting is for her children's nod to her political plans.

"Because before, yung daughter ko ayaw nya talaga akong pumasok (sa pulitika). Tapos nung tinanong ko siya ulit, ok na siya (my daughter didn't want me to run. Then afterwards, when I asked her again, she said ok)," Binay said.

However, the senator declined to reveal the two other signs she said she is waiting for. But she said, she is already 70 percent sure she will run for mayor. 

But when asked what would make her fully consider joining the mayoral race in Makati, Binay said it would be the citizens of Makati.

"Ang consideration ko at the end of the day is siyempre di ko pwedeng pabayaan yung mga kababayan ko sa Makati. Kailangan yung mag aalaga sa kanila ay kayang ibigay yung pag aalaga ng mga Binay (At the end of the day, my consideration would be my constituents in Makati. The one who should take care of them should be able to provide the kind of public service the Binays can give)," the senator said.

Nevertheless, she said, she promise to exert all efforts to ensure the peace in the Binay family.

"I will exert all effort na hindi kami magkakaron ng gulo sa pamilya (to make sure there would be no misunderstanding in the family)," she said.

Nevertheless, the lawmaker said she is ready for a face-off with Campos should there be no other option for her but to run.

"Siyempre bahagi na yun ng plano ko ...pag talagang sinabi ko na tatakbo ako. Na input na yun (Of course, that is part of my plans, if ever I have really decided to run. I've considered that input)," she said.

"Malungkot man pero at the end of the day kelangan (It would be said but at the end of the day) what would be good for Makati  'yun ang consideration ko (that would be the consideration)," she stressed.

"Kung kailangan i-sacrifice yung in-law relationship para sa mga kababayan ko sa (If there's a need to sacrifice the in-law relationship for my constituents in) Makati, then we have to sacrifice that," she added.