Is Kris finally considering a Senate run?
MANILA, Philippines – After “conceding” to communications secretary Mocha Uson in a viral word war, Kris Aquino hinted at the idea of seeking a Senate seat in 2019.
“I have contacts, contracts that prevent me from running…contacts that I just signed…but maybe you need a voice. I’ll pray. I will pray about what is best for me to do,” said Kris in a live video streamed both on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday, June 6.
Kris was reacting to Mocha’s refusal to apologize for dragging her parents – the late former president Cory Aquino and slain anti-Marcos icon Ninoy Aquino – into the latter’s defense of President Rodrigo Dutert’s controversial kiss with a Filipina during an official event in South Korea.
Mocha insisted she had nothing to apologize for, despite an apology from President Rodrigo Duterte, as coursed through top presidential aide Bong Go.
But after a long and emotional narration broadcast live online, Kris spoke about her having a voice, while noting that her previous live video had garnered over 1.5 million views. She then segued to a possible bid for public office.
But she took this back, noting: “Pero baka mas maganda na hindi nga ako humingi ng posisyon, di ako maging elected official para patuloy niyo akong pakinggan kasi ‘pag naging parte na ako ng Senado… sasabihin niyo, naging kagaya lang ako nila. Eh ngayon, pantay pantay tayong lahat.”
(But it might be better if I don’t seek a position, that I don’t be an elected official so you will continue to listen to me because if I am part of the Senate, you’ll say that I’m like them, too. Right now, we’re all equal.)
Kris belongs to the Aquino clan, a well-entrenched family in national politics. Aside from her mother being a former president and her father being a prominent opposition leader then, she is sister to Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the former president.
There was talk that Kris would seek a Senate seat in 2019 but the Liberal Party, which Noynoy heads as chairman emeritus, said there were no talks for Kris to join the Senate slate just yet.
Kris has yet to join politics but has endorsed politicians in the past. – Rappler.com