Vice President Jejomar Binay says he’s not offended by jokes poking fun at his dark skin color

It’s all part of being in the public eye.

Tarra Quismundo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Vice President Jejomar Binay candidly admitted in a speech before youth student leaders last Friday (January 17) that he's not offended by "black jokes" based on his skin color.


The report noted that for the vice president, the public's knack for making fun of his skin color merely reminds him that Filipinos are now able to enjoy the fruits of their hard-earned freedom from the Marcos dictatorship. Binay, who worked as a human rights lawyer during the Martial Law period, "recalled being fined for laughing during a hearing on a sedition case against an anti-Marcos newspaper at the time."


"Every opportunity to joke and laugh at our officials, for me, is an unfailing reminder of our triumphs in battling the oppressive regime, one that repressed even the right to laugh-even at the most humorous moments," he said.


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