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Binays dared: show us the "Real" Makati

MAKATI, Philippines - In light of the Makati Parking Building issue currently being investigated by the Philippine Senate, a series of social media posts protesting the "Ganito Kami sa Makati" campaign has caught fire lately. According to the post, the "Make It Makati" is a myth that only highlights the Makati Central Business District (CBD), the developed portion of Makati along Ayala and Buendia Avenue.

A large part of Makati has remained undeveloped and impoverished, despite spending 23 years under former Makati Mayor and now Vice President Jejomar Binay Sr. A former lawyer, Binay became Mayor of Makati in 1986, when he was appointed by President Corazon Aquino after the former mayor, Nemesio Yabut, died during the 1986 EDSA Revolution. His wife, Elenita Binay, took office as Makati Mayor during the lull between 1998 to 2001. In the Philippines, Mayoral elections are performed every four years, and Mayors can only be reelected for up to three consecutive terms.

The elder Binay's son, Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr., is currently serving as Mayor of Makati City. This makes for a total of 28 years that Makati has been under the Binays. The city has not seen a non-Binay Mayor since Nemesio Yabut "left" the office in 1986.

Map showing the portion of Makati where the Make it Makati (Ganito Kami Sa Makati) video was taken

Map showing the portion of Makati where the Make it Makati (Ganito Kami Sa Makati) video was taken

The series of posts argues that claims of Makati's affluence should not be attributed to the Binays, but to the businesses - the Ayala Corporation (PSE: AC), in particular. While the business district continues to flourish, part of it continues to deteriorate, slum areas filled with squatters (illegal immigrants) and prone to flooding.

It aims to expose this as a harsh reality as opposed to the dream-like image presented by the campaign.

Full snapshots of the posts below.

Ganito Kami sa Makati (GKSM) as basis for being elected (Philippine) President

Ganito Kami Sa Makati as basis for Binay being elected for the 2016 Presidential Elections

Ganito Kami Sa Makati as basis for Binay being elected for the 2016 Presidential Elections

GANITO KAMI SA MAKATI (GKSM) AS BASIS FOR BEING ELECTED PRESIDENT (posted September 14, 2014)

If this is all that VP Binay has going for him then a simple test will tell if Makati is really so far and away from other cities.

But first, it should be clear that when we talk about Makati and living in Makati we should exclude the Central Business District (CBD). Why? Because when you talk about Ganito Kami sa Makati then youre not talking about just the CBD as the CBD is occupied by transient residents (di naninirahan sa Makati) and mga may pera. Very far from the average condition of the average voter who the GKSM campaign is directed to. The average resident, who would reflect the condition that a Binay presidency will claim to improve, lives outside the CBD and if VP Binay claims to have improved the lives of REAL Makati Residents then a look into the REAL Makati areas should be proof enough.

SO HERES THE TEST: Excluding the Makati CBD area, if I took a picture of any part of a large city anywhere in the Philippines, would you be able to tell it was Makati? I bet you couldn't. In fact I suppose a simple way to disprove the Ganito Kami sa Makati Myth, would be to produce a simple drive around video of the ordinary areas of Makati to show that Makati isn't the extraordinary slice of heaven candidate VP Binay claims it to be.

Just the facts po.

Keep dry everyone!

Nasaan ang tunay na Makati: Where is the "real" Makati?

Nasaan ang tunay na Makati post Facebook snapshot

Nasaan ang tunay na Makati post Facebook snapshot

NASAAN ANG TUNAY NA MAKATI (WHERE IS THE REAL MAKATI) (posted September 15, 2014)

OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY MAY BE VISITING MAKATI TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW MAKATI REALLY IS.

Ive prepared a simple guide for our sightseers and fact finders.

Just as a general rule, lahat ng naninirahan sa loob ng pulang dotted lines ay mga negosyo at tirahan ng mga mayaman nang kusa at hindi yumaman dahil sa nga programa ng Makati.

At lahat naman ng sakop ng dotted blue line ay kung saan naninirahan ang tunay na taga Makati. Kung gusto niyong Makita ang tunay na Makati, dun po kayo pumunta.

At wag magpaloko sa mga video ng kampanyang MAKE IT MAKATI. Yung video ng MAKE IT MAKATI ay gumagmit ng mga imahen na nangaling halos exclusively from the red area. HIndi po ito ang dapat basehan ng tunay na kalagayan ng siyudad.

Good luck po sa pag hanap ng katotohanan.

Dagdag lang po. Maraming taga Makati mismo ang nagrerekomenda na pumunta daw kayo sa GUADALUPE AREA ng Makati kung ang tunay na Makati ang gusto niyong Makita.

According to the social media post, the red area is not the "real" Makati. Instead, a Makati campaign should include the area surrounded by the blue line.

According to the social media post, the red area is not the "real" Makati. Instead, a Makati campaign should include the area surrounded by the blue line.

Fun facts on Congresswoman Abby Binay

One more post alleges that perhaps Congresswoman Abby Binay, a resident of the first district of Makati, should not represent the second district of Makati:

Fun facts on Congresswoman Abby Binay Facebook snapshot

Fun facts on Congresswoman Abby Binay Facebook snapshot

FUN FACTS ON CONGRESSWOMAN ABBY BINAY: SO INTERESTING WHAT PEOPLE SEND YOU:

Here's a fun fact: Congresswoman Abby Binay is the congressional representative of the SECOND DISTRICT OF MAKATI.

Link to Congresswoman Abby Binay's Congress page: http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=binay-a

Areas covered by this district are: Barangay: Cembo, Comembo, East Rembo, Guadalupe Nuevo, Guadalupe Viejo, Pembo, Pinagkaisahan, Pitogo, Rizal, South Cembo, West Rembo, Post Proper Northside1, Post Proper Southside1 As an FYI, the SECOND DISTRICT WOULD BE THE LOW RENT (POORER) area of Makati

But interestingly, she says she now resides in Barangay San Lorenzo which is in the FIRST DISTRICT OF MAKATI: The first district includes: Barangay: Bangkal, Bel-Air, Carmona, Dasmariñas Village, Forbes Park, Kasilawan, La Paz, Magallanes, Olympia, Palanan, Pio del Pilar, Poblacion, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Lorenzo, Santa Cruz, Singkamas, Tejeros, Urdaneta,

As a second FYI, Most of the HIGH RENT AND EXCLUSIVE (RICH) Subdivisions of Makati are located in the FIRST DISTRICT and in fact (SAN LORENZO VILLAGE) is where the Congresswoman lives today.
Link to Congressional Districts of Makati http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legislative_districts_of_Makati

The rules of running for congress are "candidates must meet the requirements found under Section 6, Article VI of the 1987 Constitution, which states:

“No person shall be a Member of the House of Representatives unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines and, on the day of the election, is at least twenty-five years of age, able to read and write, and, except the party-list representatives, a registered voter in the district in which he shall be elected, and a resident thereof for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the day of the election.”"

EMPHASIS: "a registered voter in the district in which he shall be elected, and a resident thereof for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the day of the election"

So I guess a fair question is where did Congresswoman Binay live when she ran for congress? I suppose for election purposes she lived in the SECOND DISTRICT OF MAKATI. But now that she moved to the FIRST DISTRICT OF MAKATI doesn't that sort of make fools out of the law when you can live in one place JUST to qualify to run and get elected, then MOVE RESIDENCIES when you've won?

The whole point of Congressional representation is that you live in and are PART of the district you represent. With Cong. Abby Binay moving to another, RICHER, district of Makati, I don't think this is still the case.

Sabagay, di naman sila poor, right?

Ganito Kami sa Makati: Make it Happen, Make it Makati video

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  1. John Bobier Galleron

    tama nga naman! kasi ako taga bikol ako ngunit tumira ako sa makati sa East rembo ang hirap talaga ng buhay dun,madami rin squatter dun sa lugar na yun..
    ang kagandahan lang libre ang sa mahihirap ang paospital saka gamit sa skul,sa brgy. mga gamot,pero hindi rin basihan ang mga ganya kasi kung tutuusin dapat lahat ng taga-makati ay may mga trabaho at mgara ang mga bahy..

  2. Louie Loorluis

    Dirty politicking na !!!ung gumawa ng post,ovious na di taga Makati,di nya kasi na aapreciate ung mga narereceved ng mga less fortunate na mga tao...Have you seen the public schools in Makati?whether 1st or 2nd district man?Elementary and Highschool man...Ang narereceived nilang suporta from the local Government is not as the same as the others in NCR...the senior citizens of Makati,Spoiled din sa local Government...They say,dapat lang,kasi ang laki ng kinikita ng Makati...But for the sake of argument...hindi sa laki ng kinikita ang pinag uusapan dito but the willingness ng local officials to share...ALAM NYO,PAG SWAPANG ANG NAKAUPO...PURO PAKABIG LANG ANG GUSTO...AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT WORD TO THE BANK !!!

  3. Ranier Gofredo

    AKO TAGA MAKATI AT BOTANTE NG MAKATI AKYA KITA KO LAHAT. DI AKO BULAG AT DI AKO NAGBUBULAGBULAGAN! MARAMING LIBRE, PERO TAYO ALNG BA BAKA SILA MAS MALAKI PA! MAY LIBRENG OSPITAL YELOW CARD PARA SA PAGPAPAGAMOT, PERO PAG WALA KANG YELO CARD KAHIT TAGA MAKATI KA MAMATAY KA SA MAHAL NG BILL MO!

  4. Pablo Abobo Jr.

    Add a comment...Phase 1 pa lang daw kasi ang pinakita. Madami pang Phases and di kasali. Ganon din siguro ung iba Face 1 pa lang may ibang FACES na susunod kaya abangan na lang...

  5. Reimil Alejandro

    Ito na lang isipin mo, sa bilyong bilyong kinikita ng Makati taun-taon, bakit ganyan lang ang mga naipatayo nila at ganun lang ang quality of living ng mga residente talaga ng Makati? Eh kung tutuusin Makati ang pinaka malaki ang tax collections at budget sa lahat ng mga syudad sa Pilipinas. Wag kang bobo. Don't settle for mediocrity. Masyado na kayo na brainwash ng mga Binay. Walang pinag kaiba yan sa ginawa ng mga Marcos noon kaya hanggang ngayon madami pa ding tangang Marcos loyalist. Malamang sa malamang isa ka din sa mga bobong yun.

  6. Reimil Alejandro

    Tangina mo. Ang tagal kong nasa Makati wala ako nakitang building na world-class talaga na naipatayo ng local government. Anong pinagsasasabi mong buildings? Yung nasa Ayala Ave.? Bobo.

  7. Louie Loorluis

    Reimil Alejandro ,Quality of living depends on the efforts of individuals...bakit kailangan bang gobyerno ang magpaunlad sa isang tao?bakit sa ganitong situation,many people still manage to be well despite sa ginagawa ng gobyerno natin as a whole...why zero in sa mga Binays?why do businessman settles in Makati kung di maganda ang palakad dito?Manila has the South and North Harbor?alam mo ba kinikita ng Manila?Quezon City has the Largest Land Mass amongst all the Cites sa NCR,Alam mo ba kinikita ng mga Cities na toh?compare sa benefits na nakukuha ng mga taga Makati,malayong malayo...How is that?Dont go on personal Mister...You dont even know me...Bakit nga pala Pussy ang profile Pic mo...YOU PUSSY !!!

  8. Louie Loorluis

    Reimil Alejandro MAS BOBO KA !!!ANO BA MERON KA NA KAYA MONG IPAGMALAKI !!!AHENTE NG ROYALE !!!KAHIT PUSTAHAN PA TAYO,WALA KANG SARILING BAHAY !!!NAKIKITIRA PA RIN SA MAGULANG O NANGUNGUPAHAN !!!LETSE KA !!!

  9. Louie Loorluis

    Reimil Alejandro WALA KA NAMANG PRUEBA PA !!!ACCUSATIONS PA LANG LAHAT YAN !!!DIRTY POLITICKING !!!LAPIT NA KASI ELECTION FEVER !!!SAKAY NAMAN KAYO AGAD SA BANDWAGONING NG ILANG POLITICIAN !!!SINO NGAUN MAS BOBO SA ATIN!?!?!?IKAW NA NANINIWALA SA CHISMIS O AKO NA MAY MGA PRUEBA NA?BOBO KA NA,TANGA KA PA !!!

  10. Ranier Gofredo

    Vic Om may yellow card ako pre. pero ang mga wala kawawa. kasi wala silang voters i.d or di sila bomoboto sa makati kaya di sila makakuha ng yellow card. kahit nagtatrabaho ka sa makati, nagbabayad ka ng tax sa makati wala kang benipisyo kung di ka botante! yan ang ,malaking kalokohan sa mga lgu! daming mahihirap sa makati na nagpapakatanga dahil sa malilit na benepisyong pinamumukha sa inyo. kung tutuusin obglisyon nila yan. di nyo UTANG NA LOOB SA MGA NAGLILINGKOD KUNO SA BAYAN ANG MGA YAN! kung totoong serbisyo ang hanggad mo! wala kang itatangi! wala kang pipiliin! may voters i.d o wala makakapagpagamot ang mga yan ng walang sisingiling bayad, kasi mahirap nga sila eh.DI MAGPAPAKAHIYA AT MAGPAPAKAHIRAP PUMILA ANG MGA YAN MAY PAMBAYAD SILA! akit na akit kayo sa barya baryang binibigay sa inyo! ANG TAMAD YUNG TUMATANGGAP NG BAYAD SA TUWING BOTOHAN! ANG DAMING PERA JAN SA MAKATI KUNG ELEKSYON! ANG DAMI RING NAGKAKAPERA JAN! LALO NA YUNG MGA TAMAD AT IANAASA SA MGA GAGONG POLITIKO ANG KANILANG KAPALARAN!

  11. Ranier Gofredo

    Reimil Alejandro ANONG QUALITY OF LIVING MERON? YUNG MAGBAYAD KA NG BUWIS SA MAKATI KASI JANITOR KA SA ISANG BLDG> PERO WALA KANG YELOW KARD KASI DI KA BOTANTE SA MAKATI! AT PAG NAGKASAKIT KA, DI KA PWEDENG MAGPAGAMOT SA OSMAK KASI MAHAL BAKA MATIGOK KA PA SA BILL MO! AT YUNG NAKATIRA KA SA SQUATER SA 2ND DISTRICK NG MAKATI? AT TUWING ELEKSYON BABAYARAN KAYO NG MGA GAGONG POILITIKO JAN PARA BOMOTA SA KANILA? AT MGA ANAK MO BIBIGYAN NG MGA NOTEBOOK, LAPIS, PAPEL AT KUNG ANO ANO PA NA MAY MALALAKING MUKHA NILA NA PARA BANG IBIG SABIHIN PERA NILA ANG PINAMUMUDMUD NILA SA MUKHA MO!

  12. Roldan Sanson Florendo

    Ranier Gofredo wag mo masyadong nilalait ang mga BOBOTanteng iyan. Yan ang mga taong walang pinag aralan at walang makuhanan ng konting ginhawa. kapag may tumulong dyan ng konting eh tinatanaw na nilang malaking utang na loob kahit na alam natin na responsibilidad yan ng gobyerno at kulang pa. Tirahin mo nalang ang mga ulupong na politikong gaya mo! kung ayaw mo sa pinas umalis ka na din.

  13. Glenn Benitez

    The ad is very slick. I almost want to live in that first-world city. Oh wait, i DO live in Makati: as a matter of fact I have lived in Makati for a LOOONG time. I agree- 99% of the add was the Roxas triangle and the Greenbelt area. The rest of Makati is flooded, congested, dirty, dark, and gloomy. With bobotantes who have accepted their silver from Binay in the form of cheap school bags, school supplies, etc. Sad that they feel this is pretty good returns for voting for all of the Binays. They don't see the promise that maybe, just maybe, it can be better than this.

  14. Ranier Gofredo

    Roldan Sanson Florendo di ako politiko. sinasabi ko lang ang mga nakita ko. matagal ako nagmasid ng eleksyon sa makti. nanjan naghahari-harian ang mga alepores ni binay! mga panghaharas! panggigpit! lalo na ang mga kawani ng bgy! na kung di di ka nila kapanalig malamang wala kang grasya! o puputulan ka ng grasya! DI RIN AKO ULUPONG DAHIL DI AKO MANGGAGAMIT! BAKA IKAW MR. ROLDAN SANTOS FLORENDO! TAGA MAKATI KA. BAKA TUTA KA NG MGA ASO JAN SA MAKATI? NA KAILANGA SUMUNOD SUNOD SA KUMPAS NG KAMAY NG AMO PARA ANG PANSARILING PAKINABANG AY MANATILI!


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