Valenzuela mayor defends Binay

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Friday, December 20, 2013

MAKATI Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Jun-jun" Binay Jr. found an ally in Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, a stalwart of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), following the controversial video wherein he allegedly ordered three security guards arrested for preventing his convoy to exit a posh village through a restricted gate.

In a press statement, Gatchalian said the actions of the concerned security guards of Dasmarinas Village were “disrespectful and uncalled for."

“I personally believe that the actions of the security guards are uncalled for and that they totally disregarded the authority vested on Mayor Binay as the father and leader of the city,” Gatchalian said.

The security guards of Right Eight Security Inc. did not raise the iron barrier when Binay's convoy tried to exit the Banyan gate due to a rule that no vehicle is allowed to pass through the gate after 10 p.m. for security purposes.

“The security guards should have realized in the first place that they are talking with their mayor and as a matter of showing respect and courtesy to him, they could have easily given him and his group free access to leave the village premises,” Gatchalian, a former congressman, argued.

Gatchalian added that as mayor, Binay should be allowed to "move freely within the city's territorial jurisdiction."

“If a mayor cannot enter or leave a property within the area of his jurisdiction because of a supposed rules and regulations that were drawn and implemented by a group of private individuals, then this would surely diminish his effectiveness as the leader of his town or city,” Gatchalian said.

Binay is the son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the likely standard bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the 2016 presidential elections. UNA played the role of an opposition party in the 2013 national elections wherein NPC candidates campaigned under the Liberal Party-coalition.

The Makati mayor's spokesperson and chief information officer, Joey Salgado, said there were no arrests made and the slammed the security guards "volunteered to go with the police."

Salgado added that Ram Antonio, the owner of the security agency, apologized for the "lapses in providing security assistance to the mayor, a courtesy extended to all visiting VIPs." (Sunnex)

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