(SPOT.ph) Since she announced her candidacy for senator in 2013, Nancy Binay's ascent into politics was fodder for critics and hecklers—from her qualifications to her SONA fashion. But in recent months, her statements seem to be the most logical, especially with our political climate these days.
As a mom, I am very much concerned with the words used by the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson in suspending classes today. You are causing panic and anxiety. ???? #ChooseWordsWisely #ImminentThreat #BeNice— Senator Nancy Binay (@SenatorBinay) March 20, 2018
Her tweet on March 20 was a direct response to Malacañang's official announcement on the suspension of classes. "In view of actual and / or imminent threats posed by some groups, we are suspending classes at all levels in Metro Manila effective today, March 20, to safeguard the safety of students," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. The Palace also claimed that transport groups are “[threatening] to continue its nationwide strike” amid the planned jeepney phaseout. For Binay, the use of these words lead to "panic and anxiety" and are cause for concern, especially for a mom like her.
Transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide, however, denied the Palace’s accusations. “Walang katotohanan ang anunsyo ng Malakanyang na may kasunod pang jeepney strike mula bukas, Marso 20 hanggang sa biyernes. Gaya ng inanusyo ng Piston noong Marso 14, ang itinakdang transport strike ay sa araw lamang ng Lunes. Mariing kinukundena ng Piston ang paglalabas ng Malakanyang ng malisyosong impormasyon upang lituhin ang mga mamamayan. Paraan ito ng rehimen ni Duterte upang ipawalang-saysay ang panawagan ng mga drayber at operator laban sa jeepney phaseout,” the drivers’ union said in a post.
On March 3, Binay also threw major shade at Asec. Mocha Uson after the latter said that Mt. Mayon is located in Naga City in Camarines Sur instead of the province of Albay. The social-media influencer was also on the other end of the senator’s burning question during the hearing on #FakeNews in 2017—"baka it's high time for you to decide kung gusto mong maging blogger o maging Asec.”
It's pretty easy to shine when you're surrounded by a circus—we can only hope that more of our public servants would follow suit.