Binay’s question

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Friday, December 20, 2013


MAKATI Mayor Junjun Binay, when his four-car convoy with sister Sen. Nancy Binay was barred from passing through a restricted gate of posh Dasmarinas Village, reportedly told the guards, “Hindi n’yo ba ako nakikilala? (Don’t you know me?)”

Some questions are better left unanswered.

Mayor Binay’s “Hindi n’yo ba ako nakikilala” is not even a question.

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My friend, when he was bypassed in his turn for the microphone at a karaoke bar, used the Cebuano version, “Wa ka kaila nako?,” in confronting the man in charge.

The man answered, “Wa, karon pa ko kakita nimo (No, this is the first time is saw you.)”

“Di, mag-ila-ila ta,” my friend said. They did and they became good friends.

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A 15-minute video on the Mayor Junjun Binay incident went viral on the video-sharing website YouTube with more than a hundred thousand views.

The video showed the mayor was being shielded with an umbrella when it was past midnight and there were no signs of rain.

It was dark. No wonder the guards couldn’t identify him.

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The modern technology has shown that nowadays you can no longer hide when you do something, good or bad.

Like Santa Claus, closed circuit television (CCYV) cameras and cameras in cellphones can “see you while you’re sleeping” and knows “when you’re awake.”

Not even an umbrella can hide Mayor Jujun Binay.

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An Inquirer report said Binay also ordered the arrest of the three guards.

The Makati police chief had denied this, saying the guards voluntarily joined the police to the station.

Well as one comment on social media goes, “Noynoy in 2010: ‘Matuwid na daan (Straight path).’ Ang mga Binay in 2016: ‘Amin ang daan (The road is ours).’”

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas can only say, “Bahala kayo sa buhay n’yo.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 21, 2013.

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