Almost a year after his embarassing defeat in the 2016 presidential race, former Vice President Jejomar Binay is likely to have a new job soon: a law school dean.
Photos of Binay visiting the University of Makati (UMak) went viral on social media the past few days. According to the posts, Binay will serve as the dean of the University’s College of Law.
Thomas Lopez, the current president of UMak, eventually clarified through a statement that the creation of a College of Law for UMak is still under deliberation but the Board of Regents have already offered Binay the position of dean.
“The University of Makati is currently organizing to establish its law degree program and plans to submit the application requirements for evaluation to the Legal Education Board,” Lopez explained.
“The Board of Regents of the University has expressed to former Vice President Jejomar Binay its intention to invite him to be the dean of the UMak School of Law after our initial deliberation on the possible management of the law school,” Lopez added.
UMak is a public, locally funded city university. The city’s current mayor, Abigail, is Binay’s daughter. She is the fourth member of her family to serve as the city mayor, following the footsteps of her father, mother, and brother.
The elder Binay, now 74, was initially regarded as the frontrunner in the 2016 presidential elections. However, persistent allegations of corruptions dogged him throughout the campaign and he was never able to adequately fight back. Ironically, one of the claims against him is that he pocketed millions in a deal between UMak and STI Holdings. He eventually finished second to the last in the five-way race.