“Don’t you know me???” – Makati Mayor Junjun Binay arrests Dasma guards for enforcing rules

In the Philippines, all people are equal. It’s just that some people are more equal than others. This was proven again today when three security guards at the Banyan Street gate of the posh residential enclave of Dasmariñas Village in Makati City were reportedly arrested and detained by officers of the Makati Police on orders of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, son of Philippine Vice President and former Makati City mayor Jejomar Binay after he and his entourage riding in a four-car convoy were denied access. Binay’s sister Senator Nancy Binay was also a passenger in one of the vehicles, according to the Inquirer.net report.

Closed-circuit television cameras operated by North Forbes Park and Dasmariñas Village had, according to the same report, recorded the whole incident. The Banyan gate of Dasmariñas village is closed to motorists after 10 p.m. every night, a rule that is observed by “high-profile residents, such as senators, congressmen, [and] mayors and diplomats” according to an Inquirer source. But then the mayor’s motorcade was expecting access “close to midnight”…

The video clip showed that the mayor, who was in a polo shirt, stepped out of the lead vehicle after two security guards manning the Banyan Road gate on McKinley Road did not lift the iron barrier to allow the convoy to pass.

“The mayor went down from the lead car and asked the guards, ‘Don’t you know me?’” the source told the Inquirer.

Binay arrogance: Screencap of security video footage taken at the time of the incident
Binay arrogance: Screencap of security video footage taken at the time of the incident

Makati police officers later showed up, presumably responding to a call from Binay and “arrested the two guards and Virgilio Robang, the Dasmariñas Village security officer in charge.”

The report continues…

Before Robang was arrested with the two guards, Binay was seen talking to him with the mayor’s index finger pointed to Robang’s chest.

Supt. Manuel Lucban, Makati City Police head, told the Inquirer in a phone interview that the guards were brought to the police headquarters for verification purposes.

Settled, apologies

“We wanted to verify if the permits of their firearms were in order and [we did not file] charges. They were eventually released,” Lucban said.

Jay Pantangco, president of the Dasmariñas Village Homeowners Association, confirmed the incident between the guards and Binay. “But this has already been settled,” he said.

Pantangco declined to elaborate on the incident.

Ram Antonio, president of Right Eight Security, said the agency had already apologized to Binay.

“We have instructed our guards to apologize to the mayor and we have started a debriefing session,” Antonio said.

In a text message, Joey Salgado, City Hall spokesman, said the president of Right Eight had sent a letter to Binay and “apologized profusely for the incident.”

Filipino celebrities and politicians are renowned for their arrogance and their sense of being above most Philippine laws and any rules that apply within specific areas. Indeed, big credentials matter a lot in a non-thinking society like the Philippines — which is why attitudes exhibited by Mayor Binay in this incident are common and difficult if not impossible to eradicate.

President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III himself attempted to exemplify his administration’s upholding of a policy of no-special-treatment for anyone regardless of rank and social status presumably under the premise that all people are equal in the eyes of the law. At the beginning of his term, he emphasized elimination of the use of wang wangs (police sirens) by politicians and celebrities to muscle their way through Manila’s notoriously gridlocked streets even in non-emergency situations. Indeed, President BS Aquino even refused the use of personal motorcades when traveling by land to and from his office at the time, to demonstrate how he planned to live up to that policy.

Alas, midway through the term of what was supposed to be the government of the straight-and-narrow, little has been achieved as far as ingraining this egalitarian and rule-by-law ethic envisioned by the architects of the Second Aquino Administration.

[Photo courtesy Inquirer.net.]

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joeld
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The security guards and their agency already apologized. Watda…? Aplogize for what, doing their job? It should be Binay apologizing to the whole Philippines for being such an A-hole. I commend the security guards for standing their ground and their principles.

Celso Nieves
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The victims apologizing to the culprits? It is fun, I mean funny, to live in the Philippines.

Hyden Toro
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The LAW is REVERSE here in our country…

Josh
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what principle? they are just following orders

Hyden Toro
Guest

Principle of not recognizing these are very important MORONS…

joeld
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Josh, iho, it takes principle to stand by the 11 GOs, which, I believe are the guards’ orders.

libertas
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“A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The uncouth binays must only see monkeys in the mirror, and are ‘role-models’ only in greed, misplaced arrogance, and self interest.

Can no politician behave with a modicum of dignity and integrity.

You can take a binay out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of a binay. No class.

Gerry
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“I’M RICK JAMES, BITCH!” syndrome!strikes again!

Binay, he funny lookin li’l monkey.

Amphil
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Both parties did wrong! Binay with arrogance went over by sending the police to arrest the SGs. For what? Fireams license? Who’s so stupid to believe that? The SGs could have ask their superior and let them decide. But who’s more evil here. The arrogant ones of course.

joeld
Guest

Nothing wrong with what the guards did. They are doing their jobs.

sharmaine
Guest

Your right sir..

themole
Guest

They did call their superior. It was Rabang who was also detained with the security guards. And seriously, calling more than 5 policemen to lift the boom? Sigh. And how hard is it to back up and drive the other gate? Maybe they’re conserving fuel!? Ha!

How can these people lead our country when simple village rules and regulations are being violated – and using their position at that!.

cynicjam
Member

Like father…like son.

They shouldn’t apologize to someone like him, they were just doing their job.

Junjun is an attention whore and this incident will no doubt earn him the ire of many people for being the usual arrogant politician.

Gerry
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Take li’l Jun-Jun (what A moronic name, no?)? out of his home-town and let him pull that crap! Ya know? In, say…IDK, Berlin? or Brooklyn NYC! Li’l Jun-jun would get the shit punched out of his ass! “Why dat mang?”. Coz that li’l JUN-jun Binay punk-ass is definitely Full of shit! Him an his whole butt-pluggin’ family think who they are. Him and his ugly-bitch sister & don’t forget monkey puss Daddy. Truth is, they ain’t dog crap outside there li’l fiefdom. Where Big and Bad Jun-Jun (whatta laugh!) can be seen pushing security guards around as if he a… Read more »
Kemeo
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Implying Makati voters care~ (I wish they would though)

libertas
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The nancy binay interview – if she had ever done one Interviewer – what are your views on education Nancy binay – i tink everywun shuld be edukated like wot i is. My brother thinks everyone should be eradicated. His motto is ‘kill, baby, kill’ Int – could you be more specific NB – what has the pacific got to do with it. Int – what do you think would help the economy NB – electing daddy in 2016, and making everywhere like makati – my husband is in construction and real estate, and he says ‘ build, baby, build’… Read more »
ann
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ths interview is not true because i dnt thnk that nancy binay wil a nswer that way. she may not be as achiever as the other senators but shes a UP grad so i gueas shellbe more careful.wid her answera

Gogs
Member

Read some more and maybe the concepts of comprehension and satire will sink in. Maybe.

Gerry
Guest

“GODDAMMIT, I’M RICK JAMES, BITCH!”, that was funny huh?

HA HA HA, but not as funny lookin as Jey-JoMar
Butt-Brain, I mean uh…PINAY, I mean, uh, BINAY!!!

…”RICK JAMES HOTDAMMSNIT!”

libertas
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you are right – she is not that bright –
and like you, most probably doesn’t understand satire.

Johnny Saint
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Has everyone forgotten Nancy Binay says she is incapable of answering interview questions because she was traumatised by her father forcing her to participate in his debate practice sessions? And as a UP grad her singular achievement was to become a glorified nanny/gofer. Such excellent qualifications for the Senate — a personal assistant with mental problems.

Gerry
Guest

HHMMM, Nancy Binay? Oh yes, a NO-DOUBT-ABOUT-IT stupid bitch. Fraudulently elected idiot!

NO, I cant prove it, but take a look at the bitch! No one could ever vote for her unless they got paid!

Richmond
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Considering wala nang ginawa politicians natin kung di magnakaw, nagagawa pa nila maging proud and arrogante na ang official job nila is magnanakaw. Gumanda ang makati dahil sa ayala. Walang kwenta si Binay, puro pagwapo lang, magnanakaw!

Arman
Guest

Agree, at teka panay pagwapo? hindi ata nagbago ang itsura nila..lol…pangit pa din inside and out…

pedro
Guest

The Monkey’s just a Mayor…wait till his Dad becomes the President! What more arrogance…Only in the Banana Republic of the Philippines!!!!

incognito solomon
Guest

Aba, kapal ng putang ina. nag name drop. bakit sino kba, aok anak ka ni pagud binay.

Arman
Guest

Yabang nyo at bakit maghihingi ng sorry ang mga taong nag implementa ng tamang batas.. Mag isip isip ka nga BINAY sa yabang na pinapakita mo. Hwag ka lang mapunta sa ibang lugar tingnan ko lang kung hangang san ang yabang mo.. Kawawa naman ang mga security guard at pinahuli nyo pa talaga dahil hindi kayo nakapasok..

jennylyn
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ganyan sila sa makati…

artabellar
Guest

Engot ang security agency, cla pa ang humingi ng sori, naasa katuwiran naman ang guard.

JAMES
Guest

Para mabigyan ng business permit uli next year…

chris
Guest

It is not just the politicos that play this game. Last week I had a runin with a 75% Tsinoy. She was cursing me and shrieking “who are you?” repeatedly while trying to impress me with her bloodlines. We met again the next day when I trumped her with a Tsinoy higher in the food chain. Now she knows who I am.

It is not what you know, it is who you know. It is like that everywhere in the world, just more flagrant here. After 8 years, I am finally learning the game and enjoying it.

Paola Roque
Guest

Stupid chimp! With all his fellow chimp slaves, he can’t even get hold of an inter village sticker???

JAMES
Guest

Closed after 10pm. Did you not read the article?

Gerry
Guest

“BUT I’M RICK JAMES, BITCH!”.

wala kwentang batas
Guest

ang kapal ng muka mo binay. sa susunod na election walang boboto sau…. akala mo diyos ka kong umasta…. pantay pantay lang tau mga tao…. isa ka sa susunohin sa impierno

Julio Manalo
Guest

You gotta be kidding! Ram Antonio, the president of Right Eight Security actually works for VP Binay as one of his staff members. How very convenient!

dominic
Guest

bakit nag apologize yong security agency? it should be the mayor who shiyld apologize! the guards were doing their jobs delligently….only in the philippines!

JAMES
Guest

Business permits next year…

dave
Guest

For anybody who has some extra cash there LETS GIVE those GUARDS an AWARD with FACEBOOK EXPOSURE for AS COMMENDATION of doing their job right

Maputi-ako
Guest

Si binay ba talaga yon? How can they be sure? Sobrang dilim!

yeah
Guest

Mayabang na guards nakatapat ng mayabang na mayor. Sakto lang. Buti nga.

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