By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang welcomed the statement of former Presidential sister Kris Aquino saying that she now knows why President Duterte won over his closest rival during the 2016 polls.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Aquino ranted on her social media accounts Sunday night about how “Rated K,” the magazine program of Mar Roxas’s wife Korina Sanchez, featured Aquino’s ex-husband James Yap.
In her Instagram post, Aquino said that she took it personally since she campaigned for Roxas two years even when she did not want to and even when she knew what the consequence would be.
“Lahat ng batikos ng dahil sa pagtulong na yon tinanggap ko… Si PRRD lahat nung pagkakataon na nagkaharap kami, mabuti ang pinakita sa kin. Sampal sa mukha ko ang inilabas na feature ngayong gabi nung misis ni Mar Roxas (I accepted every criticism that stemmed from me helping in their campaign. While President Duterte showed me nothing but kindness whenever I met him. The feature shown by Mar Roxas’s wife tonight is a direct slap on my face),” Aquino said.
“I apologize sa Kuya ko (former President Benigno Aquino III), humihingi rin ako ng paumanhin sa ninang ko na nanay ni Mar–pero klarong-klaro sa kin kung bakit ang nanalong Pangulo ay si Duterte (I apologize to my brother and to my godmother who is Mar’s wife–but now it’s clear to me why Duterte won as President),” she added.
Roque, during the Palace press briefing Monday morning, welcomed the statement of the Queen of all Media.
“Welcome on board Kris Aquino,” Roque said while raising his fist in the air, the symbol of Duterte’s campaign, and now Duterte’s presidency.
Roque, meanwhile, also addressed part of Aquino’s statement which said that President Duterte showed nothing by kindness towards her whenever they met.
“At alam mo yun din ang sinabi sa akin ni Presidente, ah. Kasi si Presidente nung ’86 revolution nag-suporta kay Cory, at lahat ng kampanya ng pamilyang Aquino suportado ni Presidente Duterte sa Davao (The President said the same thing. President Duterte supported former President Corazon Aquino during the 1986 revolution and he supported all campaigns of the Aquino family in Davao City). And the mother of course of the President,” he said.
However, after lashing out against Roxas and Sanchez, Aquino immediately apologized for “including politics” in the issue. She apologized to President Duterte.
“I know I’ve unleashed a double-edged sword. I know I’ve made enemies, and I’ve also found kindred spirits in mothers who, like me, have felt that they have had enough and they had to take a stand and say I am now fighting back,” Aquino said in another Instagram post.
“I apologize for including politics, but that is the unfortunate baggage and responsibility of my last name. I do sincerely apologize to my brother. And I apologize to President Duterte. And Mar, to you I am sorry. In the same way I would always wonder why I would be dragged into issues not of my doing–I was guilty of that tonight,” she added.
President Duterte had earlier brought up the name of the former presidential sister saying that Aquino had asked him to not to jail former President Aquino over the botched Mamasapano incident which caused the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.
“Si Kris nag-text. Sabi, ‘Huwag mo namang ipakulong si Noy,’ (Kirs sent a text message. She said, don’t send Noy to jail). No Kris. I am not out to find faults. I just want to know the truth,” Duterte said in a speech February last year.
Last year, the TV host also posted on her Instagram accounts which of President Duterte’s points during the second State of the Nation Address she agreed with. These include Duterte’s promise to not talk with the left, to promote inclusiveness in the Bangsamoro, to increase assistance for overseas Filipino workers, to push for reproductive health law, and to fight corruption.
“I have a life principle and that is to focus on positivity. And the success of the president and the government benefits all of us Filipinos. If you want prosperity then work hard, but remain vigilant in defending democracy.