Personal Information

  • Birthdate: November 11, 1942
  • Birthplace: Paco, Manila
  • Parents: Diego Medrano Binay of Bauan Batangas; Lourdes gatan Cabauatan of Cabagan, Isabela
  • Spouse: Elenita Gabriel Sombillo of Angat, Bulacan (doctor)


  • Elementary, Philippine Normal College
  • High School, University of the Philippines Preparatory High School
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science, University of the Philippines
  • Bachelor of Laws,  University of the Philippines
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Sto. Tomas
  • Master of Laws, University of Sto. Tomas (undergraduate)
  • Master's in National Security Administration, National Defense College of the Philippines
  • Master's in Management, Philippine Christian University
  • Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Management, Faculty of Management and Development Studies, University of the Philippines Open University


  • Mayor, Makati City (1986-1998; 2001-present)
  • Chairman, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
  • director, Light Railway Transit Authority (1987, 1996-1998)
  • director, Laguna Lake Development Authority (1987)
  • director, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (1987, 1990, 1991)
  • governor, Metropolitan Manila Commission (1987)
  • officer-in-charge, Municipality of Makati
  • law professor and lecturer, Philippine College of Commerce; St. Catherine's School of Nursing and Midwifery; Philippine Women's University; St. Scholastica's College
  • senior partner, Binay, Cueva and Associates Law Office
  • assistant attorney, Deogracias T. Reyes Law Office
  • legal counsel of Manila Councilor Carlos Loyzaga
  • claims examiner, Insular Life Assurance Company


  • president, United Opposition
  • member, LABAN
  • national president, Partidong Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban)
  • member, board of trustees, Jeepney Drivers' Foundation, Inc.
  • national president, Boy Scouts of the Philippines
  • director, BSP Foundation
  • president, Metro Manila Mayors' League
  • member, Alpha Phi Omega International Fraternity
  • adviser/member, Lions Host of Makati
  • member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • member, Rotary Club of Makati
  • campaign manager, Dominant Opposition Party
  • legal counsel, August Twenty-One Movement
  • co-founder, Movement for the Advancement of Brotherhood, Integrity, Nationalism and Independence (MABINI)
  • chairman, Manila Chapter, Free Legal Assistance Group
  • co-founder, Lupon ng mga Manananggol ng Bayan (LUMABAN) - tasked to extend legal assistance to students and workers arrested during demonstrations (1970s)
  • University Councilor, UP Student Council


  • Long-time mayor of Makati. Binay was one of the first appointees of President Cory Aquino after EDSA I. He served as officer-in-charge and later mayor of Makati from 1986-1998. In 1998, Binay fielded his wife, Elenita, to take over his post in light of a constitutional ban on a fourth consecutive term for local executives. Binay again ran for mayor in 2001. He was reelected in 2004.
  • Ghost employees. In a press conference on September 13, 2006, Binay said he received an order from Malacañang asking him to explain the charges filed against him by former Makati Vice Mayor Roberto Brillante. Brillante alleged that Binay had listed ghost employees on the city hall payroll. Binay denied the allegations, saying that the administration was just bent on destroying the opposition. He also said he might be the next local executive lined up for suspension, after Pasay City Mayor Peewee Trinidad (Trinidad and other Pasay city officials were earlier suspended by the Ombudsman for entering into alleged anomalous garbage collection and disposal contracts).
  • Glean murder. Binay's security officer, Pablo Glean, was shot dead by four gunmen in Taguig on September 16, 2006. Binay said Glean's killing is politically motivated. Binay claimed that in the weeks before Glean's death, Glean uncovered the existence of "Oplan Phoenix" and "Task Force Spider", special operations which allegedly targeted Binay and the political opposition in Makati.
  • Graft charges. On September 27, 2006, Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict for graft charges before the Sandiganbayan Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, his wife Elenita and nine others for the alleged irregular purchases of office partitions and furniture amounting to about P232M from 1999-2001. However, the administrative complaint against Jejomar Binay was dismissed by virtue of his re-election to public office. The administrative complaint against his wife Elenita, Pangilinan and Yamane were likewise dismissed considering that they are no longer in the government service.
  • Makati as a venue of anti-PGMA rallies. At the height of the Hello Garci controversy and calls for President Arroyo's resignation in 2005, Makati served as a venue for major rallies (e.g. Bangon Pilipinas' rally on July 12 and the Ayala rally on July 13, where FPJ's widow Susan Roces delivered a short speech). In February 2006, the opposition led an EDSA I anniversary march in Ayala, Makati, despite Malacañang's declaration of a state of emergency and the subsequent cancellation of all permits to rally. Binay participated in the march.