Past is past? Nancy Binay offers Trillanes teaching job, free hospitalization in Makati

MANILA, Philippines – As Senator Antonio Trillanes IV prepares to leave the Senate, Senator Nancy Binay – whose family the opposition lawmaker had subjected to exposés several years ago – offered him a teaching job and even free hospitalization in Makati.

Senator Panfilo Lacson first revealed this on Twitter, joking that Binay also offered Trillanes free parking and free burial.

“Senate camaraderie at its best in the 17th Congress: Sen Nancy Binay offered graduating Sen Trillanes a teaching job at the University of Makati with 24-hr free parking at the Makati parking lot, plus free admission to the Ospital ng Makati,” he posted on Twitter.

Totoo 'yun pero katuwaan lang sa Lounge…. Dagdag ko na lang 'yung free parking and free burial kasi si (Yes it is true but it was part of our chat inside the Senators' Lounge.... I just added the free parking and free burial because it was) Senator Trillanes (and Senator [Alan] Cayetano) pursued to the hilt the Senate investigation on the UMak and parking lot issues, if you recall,” Lacson said in a separate message.

In a message, Trillanes said he declined out of delicadeza but he appreciated Binay’s offer. In several interviews, Trillanes said he would probably join the academe to teach after his term expires on June 30.

“I appreciated the sincere offer but I respectfully declined out of delicadeza. It was truly nice of her,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes was a key figure in the 20-month Senate investigation into multiple allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth against Binay who was Makati mayor for 21 years.

Among the subjects of the investigation were the alleged overpriced Makati parking building and the questionable deals of the University of Makati. 

Some believe the Senate probe had helped shatter Binay’s dream to become president in 2016.

It was only in 2018 when the two senators decided to put their differences aside. Binay said Trillanes invited her to talk at the Senators’ Lounge sometime in March 2018. –

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is a multimedia reporter focusing on media, technology, and disinformation.