If you are serious about Nancy Binay, the people you need to convince are offline

As a voter, I have been slowly looking at the different candidates. I’ve made no secret that so far, I have three names on my list. It is difficult to try to find someone who would fit. And as part of due diligence, I have been googling about Nancy Binay. Specifically, news items from January 2001 until December 31, 2007. Binay and her husband for example seem to have been involved in horticulture. And other than references to society pages, there doesn’t seem to be anything on Nancy Binay online that a cursory search by a voter could do.

In this day and age, Nancy Binay’s campaign seem to be old school. Binay doesn’t even have a website to articulate some of her policies. She does have a Facebook page.

The most I have found from a cursory look was from Rappler. Nancy Binay will, on election day be 40 years old. A graduate of tourism from the University of Santo Tomas. Her achievements have been to sit on boards as a trustee, and to serve as assistant to her parents. She has acted as proxy for her parents.

There has been talk lately about the effect of Nancy Binay’s candidacy. Why is a virtual unknown winning in the surveys, and what does it mean for us?

The answer I think is because she has, by association with her father’s work, and by working alongside him, she has been exposed to the ground work.

Nancy Binay’s profile speaks “heir apparent”.

There is hardly anything online about Nancy Binay, and the absence of information is troubling. The campaign screams “old school”. My network on social media has been pretty vocal about their distaste for another Binay in power, and specifically, in such a high profile stage. Some rage because without doubt Nancy Binay is the personification of political dynasty.

It is hard to untangle Nancy Binay from the father. It is hard to untangle Nancy Binay from being the Vice President’s proxy. Even in this campaign. Nancy Binay is a proxy for the Vice President. Nancy Binay is the poster child for the old school regime. It is a test of on how effective the Binay network will be going into 2016.

Nancy Binay is the personification of her party, the United Nationalist Alliance. Just as the United Nationalist Alliance is represented by Joseph Estrada, Jejomar Binay and the ideals of Populism, so seems what little we can gleam of her campaign. Binay, according to Nancy Binay>a Rappler piece is campaigning on a platform of “improving housing services and children’s health and education.” And Rappler quoted her saying, “How can I craft policies kung wala akong feel kung ano ang nangyayari sa baba?”

The truth of the matter is that Nancy Binay is doing what any good candidate is doing: campaigning on the ground. Her constituency is hardly anyone online. As is self-evident on the absence of information.

Tell your friends, there are others who probably deserve that Senate seat more.

The lack of googleable material does not bode well. At least for a voter such as myself. The absence of belief in anything other than the few soundbites and a platform to “improve housing services and children’s health” is too flimsy to move the needle of understanding. It shows that Nancy Binay’s campaign doesn’t wish nor want to win over the online space. The lack of communication signals her communications group isn’t all that up to spec. This may not be her constituency, but it seems she has abandoned it to focus on other places. It tells us that such campaign is backward thinking, and suggests her ideas may not be forward-looking. The lack of information makes a voter such as myself discard this candidate as untrustworthy.

Nancy Binay, from what we can gleam is her father’s proxy, the heir apparent, and trusted right-hand for most of her life. What makes us think differently now, and on election day that a vote for Nancy Binay is a vote for Jejomar Binay? Where are the puppet master’s strings?

@arbet on my twitter timeline posted: “If you are serious about Nancy Binay, the people you need to convince are most probably offline. If you are unwilling to leave your desk and campaign vs. Binay, well, sorry, you’ll be greatly disappointed.”


Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • isellnuts

    Definitely a big NO to Nancy Binay, we need someone who can stand on his/her two feet, not taking a cue from her father.