Binay considers self as Lee Kuan Yew of Makati

Vice President Jejomar Binay extended his condolences to the family of late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. The ninety-one year old first prime minister died Monday, March 23, at the Singapore General Hospital due to pneumonia.

Binay said in a statement issued Monday, he tried to be the “Lee Kuan Yew” of Makati City during his term as city mayor. “His political will and pragmatic approach to governance was my inspiration in rebuilding Makati after the 1986 EDSA Revolution from a bankrupt municipality to the country’s premier city providing unparalleled social services to its constituents,” Binay said to Lee.

“As the architect of modern Singapore, the late Prime Minister shaped his country into one of the most prosperous countries in the world,” the vice president added.
Binay added that Lee “is a dedicated public servant and a well-respected leader. The success of Singapore is but a testament to his decades of remarkable public service.”

Makati City has been governed by Binay family for nearly 30 years. Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., son of vice president Binay took over as the city’s mayor when the latter won in the 2010 national elections.