The Binays and Dasmagate

This is about character. I’ve been told many times over that how one treats those lesser— maybe less money— maybe less in intellect or literacy— maybe less in position— shows the true character of a person.

The story in question was the night the Binay siblings were headed out of Dasmarinas Village in the City of Makati. Dasmarinas is a gated community where many of the affluent, and powerful live. The Binay convoy were to exit a gate that for the longest time was closed by 10PM at night. To add, a rule that was long held and known to any who live there, or have long visited the village. Captains of industry, ambassadors, politicians, and of similar important stripe call Dasma, home. You can imagine the egos that need to be managed.

Am sure, amidst all this, *hoopla*, the Binays are flabbergasted, and have moved to dismiss the matter as trivial, and settled. Am sure in the vast intellect that courses through the brains of Junjun, Nancy, and Jejomar Binay, they are once more the victims of the story. The slighted heroes and heroine that deserve respect and recognition. The story, as Rappler quotes the Binay PR that the Philippine Daily Inquirer story as malicious. So it is, as Nancy Binay points out, “No amount of explanation would satisfy those who have never-ending dislike for our family.”

Contrary to how the Binays frame the incident, this isn’t about hate, or dislike. It is about what’s proper, and what’s true.

The Closed Circuit Television video that captured the night in question showed a startlingly different story from the Binay explanation. Even the guard company’s explanation doesn’t simply jibe with what clearly was happening on the video.

This is the 15 minute raw video:

This is the edited, and zoomed, 5 minute version of the original, where clearly, at one point, a guard, in the guard house was pulled forcibly enough for him to lose his cap:

In the footage, the convoy was neither surrounded nor could possibly be overpowered by the Dasma guards. At one point, Mayor Junjun Binay stepped out of his vehicle. One would imagine if the Major’s life or that of his sister’s were at all threatened, their security detail would push them back or switch to an exit that was open. That exit was a mere 150m. One would also imagine that they could also have rammed the gate to exit had the mayor’s life been threatened. They could also have retreated to where they came from to await assistance from the police. Instead the entire convoy sat there, for 15 minutes.

This is Kara David of GMA 7 giving her unbiased reporting of the entire matter:

The story has been repeated, and reveal many times in the past few days. Journalists of every stripe have had their chance. Commentators of every shape, color and affiliation have rendered a moment of their vast time to give their two cents. Anthony Taberna focused on the Security agency apologizing to the Binays. Winnie Monsod said, “the Guards were correct, the Binays were wrong.

On Facebook, and on Twitter, massive outpouring of disgust, and disdain have flooded the Interwebs. This is a screenshot of the amount of tweets that shot up on the term, “Binay”:

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This doesn’t count the other discussions going on with that talked about the incident, but not the term.

Marocharim correctly points out, “Rightly or wrongly, the political success of the Binay family lies on those nuances, and on nuanced opinions like “Di bale nang tawaging epal basta tumutulong.” It’s us-against-them: something so elementary, something so base, something that comes as a consequence of keeping people on this level through realities like poverty, a lack of education, or good old-fashioned stick-it-in-the-gut drama. In Nancy Binay’s own words, there will be “haters.” Cringeworthy – what works for JAMICH will work for the politicians – but real and true to those pairs of eyes. Theirs, and the millions who gave them the vote.”

Should the electorate be convinced to promote Jejomar Binay to president, or his spawn continue to be in positions of power what then? These Interwebs have long been argued do not reach the masses who vote for the likes of the Binays. It does not preclude a show of a little humility, especially from a family where much has already been given. Especially one, poised to be the next rulers of this small chain of islands, in the Pacific.

People in power have everything going for themselves. A little humility goes a long way, don’t you think? We could all use a bit of humility.


Carl Sagan once spoke of the Pale Blue Dot we call the Earth. He was looking at a photo of our world taken by the Voyager probe that NASA sent.

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena,” Carl Sagan said. “Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”

This is the Pale Blue Dot video:

Vice President Binay said he saw nothing wrong in what his son did. “My son deserve some courtesy,” The Vice President said. The Police Chief of Makati said the guards failed to show some respect to the Mayor of Makati— Junjun Binay. All this posturing; All this delusion— challenged by a Closed Circuit Television video showed the imagined self-importance of the Binay siblings—one a mayor, one a senator, and in defense of his children, so too, the Vice President of this tiny island nation of brown skinned Pinoys in the Pacific that is little more than a pixel in the pale light of a vast cosmos.

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.

  • baycas

    “Jesus, Joseph, Mary” VP Jojo Binay has been known to champion the underdogs and this was etched in a citation given to him this year. The words may be written but the gesture of fighting for a cause may yet to be proven…

    “Jesus, Joseph, Mary” VP Jojo Binay just ignored the plight of the Dasmariñas security guards…

    At 71, VP Binay still physically fit
    Harley F. Palangchao
    December 22, 2013

    In July this year, Binay was presented the “Sports for Hope and Peace” Award by Jose Cojuangco, Jr., president of the POC, Ricardo Garcia, chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, and Francisco Elizalde, former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines.

    “As a former lawyer-activist and Mayor of Makati, he has been known as the champion of the underdogs, Filipino athletes included. As Philippine Badminton Association president, he has invested his resources, time and effort in a sport where he believes Filipinos can ultimately excel in the international arena. For his unwavering vision and belief in the country’s athletic talents,” read Binay’s citation.


    What’s the stand of PNoy’s sisters, known supporters of Binay, in this whole affair?

  • baycas

    Nancy on twitter:

    ”Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    One of the GREAT IDEAS is:

    Those who make themselves first will be last; and those who were humiliated will be exalted. We all know that the security guards were recently exalted.

    One of the AVERAGE EVENTS is:

    The CCTV footage of an altercation or misunderstanding between a VIP and simple men. It’s about as average as one can encounter even telenovelas create such a theme. The only difference is that the VIP made it appear that he was the victim of discourtesy. We all know that Junjun Binay was mistaken.

    One of the SMALL PEOPLE is:

    The VIP who seemingly stood tall but actually acted so low that earned fury from those who witnessed the event (CCTV footage). Courtesy is given to those who command respect. In the same token, may discourtesy be given to those who demand respect?

    We are reminded of the Golden Rule to do unto others what you want others to do unto you. Here is another one of the great ideas…if not the greatest maxim.

    The VIP’s father and sister condoned the VIP’s lowly behavior. They demanded, and are still demanding, respect from the public. How is it so when they didn’t even grant due respect to the simple men who are just doing what they were told to do? We all know that the Binays violated the Golden Rule.

    This leaves one to assert…

    Small minds discussing people are average minds discussing events and, most importantly, are actually great minds discussing ideas BECAUSE one will not be able to dissociate ideas from events and from people.

  • baycas

    Relax and watch a movie this Holiday Season…

    MANILA, Philippines — The MMDA* has announced that it will include in the MMFF a trilogy movie that was recently filmed. It replaces the “Shake, Rattle, and Roll” series. The chairman describes the film, “Although the movie genre is a far cry from being a horror flick, just the same, fans will be horrified”.

    The movie, the trailer of which became viral this December, features a household name in politics but a very promising newcomer in the movie industry. The star came out with his real character in the film. The lead actor was touted to give Bossing a run for his money because he literally showed fellow actors who is really ‘The Boss’ in the film. The lead actor was also the director in what to be a prelude of things to come in the country.

    Critics say that we will soon encounter more actors using politics as stepping stone as we are now in the CCTV video-recording era.

    The movie is collectively titled “Ang Gate sa Binayan Street”. Many are commenting it is a “two thumbs up”. However, a lot agree on the character of the lead role, “It’s a two thumbs and two big toes down!

    Title: “Ang Gate sa Binayan Street”
    Subtitles: “15-20 Minutes”, “Ang Harang at ang Payong”, and “Jaguar 2013”
    Directed by Jun2 Mayor
    Produced by CCTV Films
    Starring Jun2 Mayor
    Also starring Boy Payongero, Mike Tagahawak, guards from Jaguar Security Agency, and stuntmen from The Bodyguards & Stunts, Inc. Sister Nancy (fresh from the nunnery in a cameo role)

    *MMDA – Metro Manila Devious Authority

    • JJ Binay

      Mga tarantadong asungot ni Aquino. Si Aquino ay magnanakaw
      katulad ninyo. Si Binay ay magaling na tao.

  • UPnnGrd

    Hmmmmm….. maybe, in the end, the highest elected post that BiseBinay can get is where he is now. Bise. And maybe the highest elected-post-with-power that he gets to get is to be Senado-persi-dente.

    He can always say “…living rich is the best revenge”.

  • baycas

    The Barrier, The Umbrella

    One was not raised for the elected Man
    The other put up to cover an authoritarian

    One kept the busy elected Man from leaving
    The other shielded him from the midnight’s misting

    One kept closed was made to appear irreverent
    The other was opened to venerate the heir apparent

    • Manuelbuencamino

      And Banyangate inspires poets. Good one Baycas

      • baycas

        Thanks, MB.


        Related News:

        TAGUIG CITY, Philippines — The mayor commends the ‘umbrella man’ in the Dasma Gate controversy. This is after a city council resolution citing the possibility of a ‘gremlin-like multiplication’ when the other mayor becomes wet.

        “The ‘umbrella man’ saved the day for Taguig, if not the whole nation, from the other mayor’s multiplied Imeldific arrogance”, so says in the resolution.

      • JJ Binay

        Hoy Buencamino. Magkaano ang binabayad ni Aquino sa
        inyou. Gawin kong doble.

  • Manuel Buencamino

    Here’s the true story based on the Ganito Kami sa Makati video.

    Mayor Binay passed through the Banyan Gate because he wanted to personally invite the gate guards to a Christmas party at Makati City Hall.

    0:45 seconds, you see the mayor alighting from his tinted SUV to invite the guards.

    1:39 some of the mayor’s bodyguards tell the guards they should accept the mayor’s invitation as a courtesy to the mayor..

    1:55 one of the mayor’s bodyguards goes to the SUV and gets the guards’ invitations. He tucks one invitation in his waistband.

    2:44 two security guards arrive in motorbikes asking if they can come to the Christmas party too.

    3:05 bodyguards tell them to wait for the mayor to invite them. “Kortesiya lang po kay mayor, hintayin ninyo ang imbitasyon niya,” they said

    3:35 the mayor apologizes to the late arrivals for not inviting them to the Christmas party and promises to invite them to the New Year’s party instead.

    4:20 Makati cops arrive to give the invited security guards a ride to the party.

    Let’s be fair to the Binays. Stop the hate.

    Above timeline follows the Ganito Kami sa Makati video.

    • cocoy

      LOL, MB