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Scouter, Vice-President of the Philippine
Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee elected as next Vice-President of the Philippines Following the national elections that were held on the 10th of May, 2010, Hon. Jejomar Binay was elected as the next Vice President of the Republic of Philippines. Prior to this development, Hon. Binay has held many other positions notably in Scouting but also in his official career.
Born on the 11th November 1941, Hon. Binay is married to Dr. Elenita Sombillo-Binay, M.D. and is father of five children. An Alumnus of the University of the Philippines, holding degrees in Bachelor of Laws, Master in Public Administration, Master of Laws and Doctor of Public Administration, Hon. Binay was also a law professor in various colleges and universities in Manila.
He has occupied various government offices including Mayor of Makati City and has also been the Chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority from 1998-2001.
Hon. Binay is also known in Scouting as the current National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and is also the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. In his Scouting career Hon. Binay has received a number of awards in recognition of his services such as the Bronze, Silver and Gold Usa Awards, the Chairman’s Award by the Asia Pacific Region and the Silver Hawk Award from the Boy Scouts of Japan, amongst a many of other acknowledgements equally as impressive, for his various contributions to Scouting in the region and around the world.
On this momentous occasion we join together with the World Scout Committee, the World Scout Bureau and the Scouting family worldwide to wish him congratulations and are thrilled to see that one of our Scout brothers has reached such a high position in the governing authorities of his own country.
We wish Hon. Jejomar Binay a very successful term of office at the service of the Filipino people and of the Philippines.
Can a scout leader be a politician?
Q - I want to know if a Scout could be a politician.
A - In the Constitution of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (Article I,2) the purpose of Scouting is defined as follows:
"The purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as member of their local, national and international communities."
You can see that Scouting does not want to help young people achieve their full potential only as individuals but also as responsible citizens and members of various communities from local to international levels.
One of the principles of Scouting is "Duty to others". It is defined in the Constitution of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (Article II, paragraph 2) as follows:
"- Loyalty to one's country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and co-operation.
- Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of one's fellow-man and for the integrity of the natural world."
That means that Scouting wants to educate young people for active participation to the development of the society. A Scout is not a spectator but an actor.
Now if you look at the definition of the Scout Movement, still in the Constitution of WOSM (Article I,1), you can read:
"The Scout Movement is a voluntary non political educational Movement for young people open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed..."
You can conclude from these quotations that:
1. The Scout Movement wants to stay independent from any political party, because it must be open to all. If, in a given country, the Scout Movement is linked to some political party, obviously people close to other parties will refuse to join Scouting.
2. While independent from any political party, Scouting wants to educate active and responsible citizens able to be involved in actions and projects to "participate in the development of the society..."
Scouting wants to make young people aware of problems existing in society and encourage them to be committed, with other people, to finding solutions. However, young people should be trained and encouraged to make choices by themselves. The Scout Movement refuses to manipulate young people or to dictate to them.
3) Therefore, as a Scout leader, you can be involved in a political party.
However, if you are a Scout leader at national or regional levels and if your function is to represent the Movement, it is quite impossible for you to be a politician who also has the role of representing a political party at the same time. There would indeed be a risk of confusion between your function in Scouting and your function in the political party. And from this confusion, some people could make the conclusion that the Scout Movement is not independent but linked to or influenced by a political party.