Binay emotional in farewell boodle fight with OVP security

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Vice President Jejomar Binay was emotional as he bid farewell to the men and women who served as his security detail in the last six years. They had their last boodle fight together, a couple of days before Binay steps down from office.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay has said a tearful goodbye to the men and women who secured his safety over the past six years, his son said Wednesday.

Dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay said the Vice President held a brief but emotional program that was capped by his last “boodle fight” with his security detail on Tuesday.

The “boodle fight” is a tradition of sharing a meal that originated from the Philippine military in which a pile of rice and other food are laid out on a long table where everyone eats with bare hands. It symbolizes camaraderie and equality in the military where commanders eat alongside enlisted men.

“He had a brief program. Medyo maiksi lang, kapag humaba pa kasinaiiyak din siya. Nag-iyakan iyong mga security lalo na mga babae,” he said. “Nag boodle fight din sila. Iyong ibang mga officers nagpaalam na kasi iba doon last day na kahapon."

[Translation: He had a brief program. It was short because if it had been longer … he was already tearful. His security staff also cried, especially the women. They also had a “boodle fight.” It was the last day for some of the officers (of the vice presidential security unit) and they said their goodbyes yesterday.]

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Binay thanked his security detail in his speech, which was only about a minute long.

“He was mumbling. Naiyak na kasi siya. Naging emotional na,” the younger Binay said.

[Translation: He was mumbling because he was trying to hold back his tears and then he became emotional.]

The Vice President's security officers, composed of military men and women, will be given new assignments once Binay steps down from his post on June 30.

The Presidential Security Group also provides the security detail for the Vice President.

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