It all started June 29, Monday noon, when a throng of the Binay family's supporters started congregating in front of the Makati City Hall.
The scene was reminiscent of what transpired last March, when the city's mayor, Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay, was served a six-month preventive suspension order by the Office of the Ombudsman. The sanction was in relation to the administrative lawsuits filed against him, his father Vice President Jejomar "Jojo" Binay, and several other city officials regarding the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.
The suspended mayor refused to leave his office, with his impassioned loyalists willing to act as a human resistance force for the sake of their beloved official. (Although this time around, Daddy VP Jojo also joined the fray, confronting members of the National Capital Region Police Office who were assigned to secure the area.)
Obviously, the scenario spelled trouble. And down it went on Tuesday (June 30) morning, when Binay's supporters tried to prevent officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government from posting a copy of the suspension order on the city hall's main doors. The group went full WWE and threw Monobloc chairs at the policemen protecting the DILG officials.
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Chaos aside, that didn't stop Makati Vice Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña Jr. from swearing in as officer-in-charge of the city later that day. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas also stepped in an attempt to control the fracas, saying, "Nananawagan ako kay Mayor Binay na bumaba na. Hindi ito telenovela. Hindi kayo special. Kayo lang ang nagda-drama."
Just when we thought we're in for another lengthy standoff, the suspended mayor announced yesterday that he will half-heartedly leave his post, albeit temporarily.
Amid all the hullaballoo, we're left wondering why the hell it took that long before Junjun finally moved out. Other than it being a show of political protest, did holing up at his 21st floor office even do anything? Wouldn't it have been much easier if he just went on and fought this one in the courts and proved he's innocent, so afterwards he can maybe shove it in his enemies' faces?
FHM, in our unbridled curiosity (and fueled by coffee and our dislike for doing ACTUAL WORK), mulled over the probable reasons behind the younger Binay's decision. It then hit us, maybe at that moment...
1) HE WAS PREPARING FOR AN INCOMING COC RAID
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Maybe the suspension order coincided with his scheduled Clash of Clans raid and he needed the stronger Wi-Fi signal in his office. #MalakasSignalSaMakati
2) HE WAS WAITING FOR HIS BREAKFAST DELIVERY
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Or it so happened that Mayor Junjun had just ordered his favorite Sardines Ala Romana from the nearby Italian resto Bravo Best Foods, and food was already on its way? You wouldn't like him when he's hungry... #MasarapFoodsSaMakati
3) HIS ZUMBA SESSION WASN'T FINISHED YET
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What if Mayor Junjun and his dance buddies were in the middle of a zumba session, busting out some serious moves to Brandon Beal's infectious "Twerk It Like Miley"? It wouldn't be surprising if they really hold classes there, with the busy mayor not having time for gym. #FumifitspoSaMakati
4) HIS STAFF WAS HAVING A HARD TIME PULLING OUT ALL HIS THINGS
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Maybe he did the office's interior himself that is why employees had to be extra careful with his meticulously placed ornaments. Mayor Junjun to his staff: "That vase costs more than your life!" #OrganizationalPornSaMakati
5) THEY WERE HAVING TROUBLE UNLOADING SOME SECRET TREASURE
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What if the Binays had systematically hidden a stash of black diamonds within the building walls? What if underneath the Makati City Hall there is a secret tunnel to an oil mine that has yet to be discovered? You might be looking at the wrong building, Sen. Koko... #YamashitaSaMakati
6) HE WAS KEEN ON BEATING HIS FATHER'S RECORD MAYORAL TENURE
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Head of security: "Sir, we have to leave now. The suspension order has just been served despite your constituents' plastic chair defense."
Mayor Junjun: "Hindi ako aalis dito! Nalampasan ko na si Mama, 15 years na lang, matatapatan ko na si Papa! HINDEEEE!!!!"
7) HE WAS KNEE-DEEP IN A TV SERIES MARATHON
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Maybe he was enjoying King Joffrey's acts of cruelty or waiting for Jon Snow's death on a big-ass LCD TV in his office. One thing's for sure: He regularly flipped through channels for news updates. #GOTFansClubSaMakati
8) HE FELL VICTIM TO A PRANK
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Somebody might've glued him to his chair, or locked the room from the outside, that is why our dear mayor couldn't literally get out. Ouch. #GanitoMangtripSaMakati
9) THE ELEVATORS BROKE
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...and Junjun had bathmophobia so a crane or a rescue chopper was the only way to get him down. #HiTechSaMakati
10) HE HAD AN EPHIPANY
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What if he dreamt that once he stepped down he will never be able to take his position back? NOOOO!!!! #GanitoKamiBangungutinSaMakati