Binays explain video showing VP giving away money

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – A video of Vice President Jejomar Binay giving away money to people has gone viral in social media.

Uploaded on a Facebook page titled R-Breezy, it showed Binay handing out what appears like P20 and P50 bills to a number of people, young and old.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer looked relatively younger in the video. He wore a yellow shirt, with his aides holding an umbrella for him.

The video has almost 3 million views to date and has generated a number of unpleasant comments towards the vice president.

His daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, confirmed the authenticity of the video.

While she does not know its source, she said it was most likely taken during Christmas day of 2010 or 2011 outside their house in San Antonio Village, Makati.

The younger Binay explained her father was merely giving away "pamasko" or christmas gift.

Yearly tradition namin yan, na magbigay ng ligaya. Nakakalungkot, lahat na lang ng ginagawa ni Vice President Binay para mapaligaya, mapaginhawa yung buhay ng ating mga kababayan, pilit nilang binibigyan ng masamang kulay,” she said.

[Translation: "That's our yearly tradition. It's sad that everything Vice President Binay does to give joy and ease the lives of our countrymen are being given a bad meaning."]

The senator said there is nothing wrong with what her father did.

Di ba practice natin yan every Christmas yung gift giving and receiving. Lalo na sya na napagdaanan niya noong bata pa sya na walang wala sya pag Pasko. Kumbaga, nakakataba pag nakikita mo ngiti ng isang bata pag inaabutan mo ng regalo," she explained.

[Translation: "Isn't gift-giving a practice we do every Christmas? In his case, when he was young he did not receive anything every Christmas. So it's heartwarming whenever you see a child smile after handing him a gift."]

Over time, the senator said the Binay family has worked out a system of giving Christmas gifts. This explains for the table in the video, and people lined up orderly.

She said they will continue this tradition because it makes people happy.

Binay back in Batangas

The video was posted days before Binay returns to his home province of Batangas on Wednesday (February 24), during the third week of the campaign period.

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UNA believes Batangas – with more than 1.5 million registered voters – is Binay's stronghold. The vice president's father is a Batangueño.

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Like his previous visits, Batangueños welcomed him warmly. Many were cheering, reaching out to him, and scrambling to get campaign paraphernalia.

During the 2010 vice presidential election, Binay beat administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II by about 175,000 votes.