It is bad enough that the Binays exemplify the existence of the stinking political dynasty with patriarch Jejomar as the country’s vice president, daughter Nancy, a senator, another daughter Abigail, a congresswoman representing Makati and son Jejomar Jr, or Junjun to many, is mayor of Makati, but it becomes even worse when position, power and the resultant arrogance defines their leadership style.
Such leadership style has become a controversial issue these days for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay when his convoy, which included his sister, Sen. Nancy Binay, was prevented by the guards on duty from passing through a gate of the exclusive Dasmariñas Village close to midnight of November 30.
Accordingly, the guards were simply following village protocol disallowing anybody, not even high-profile residents, to use this particular gate, at prescribed hours, for safety and security reasons, as the village is also home to the embassies of China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Mexico, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka and Turkey, and the consulates of Oman and Vanuatu.
“The rules apply to everybody,” DVA general manager Mike Bucoy said, and adding further that the subdivision did not have a “VIP policy.”
Bucoy was referring to the village policy prohibiting the exit of vehicles from the gate after 10 p.m.
The guard’s insistence of standing pat to the policy apparently did not sit well with Mayor Binay, who, thereafter, reportedly called for police assistance to have the guards arrested.
Whether the guards knew Mayor Binay or not should not have been the source of his ire and retribution against the hapless guards, for the orders around this plush village, I presume, are very specific – no special treatments.
For the mayor to be asking the guards, “Kilala ba ninyo ako? (Do you know me?), as some sources have quoted, is not only a show of utter arrogance, but is tantamount, in fact, to bullying already, knowing who he is and the power he wields.
What is disturbing, if not dismaying here, is that Nancy, the senator, who happens to live in the village, kept mum instead of advising/warning his brother, the mayor, about the strict rules and regulations inside the village and that nobody is exempted from it.
Television host Solita “Winnie” Collas-Monsod was right when she said: “The guards were correct… And Mayor Binay was obviously wrong. He was taking advantage of his position and trying to be above the law. And anything that goes above the law is wrong.”
Apparently, this is not the first time that this “don’t you know me syndrome” was used by Mayor Binay.
Reports say that an incident, which resulted to an altercation when a foreign national parked his car ahead of Binay’s at the same parking space they were both eyeing at, also pricked the mayor’s ego prompting him to ask the foreigner: “Don’t you know me? I own this city.”
Now comes Jejomar Sr. defending Jejomar Jr. against the censure/flak his mayor-son is receiving from the public regarding his actions in this controversy, saying his son deserved “some courtesy.”
Since when has arrogance been deserving of courtesy?
Jejomar Jr., the way he has been acting, does not deserve to be mayor.
Jejomar Sr. should know this is the kind of leadership style by national and local officials that is bane for the country.