Kris Aquino on Mocha Uson: 'If I talk about her, I'll give her mileage'
MANILA, Philippines – The spotlight is something Kris Aquino worked hard for, and it's something she isn't about to share with someone who hurt her recently.
"You know, if I talk about her, I'll give her mileage. And I worked so hard for this spotlight," she told reporters on Monday, June 18, after the press conference for the movie I Love You Hater.
Kris was asked about Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, with whom she got into a very public feud on social media.
"That's why I'm telling all of you that I made my message clear. I just did that for my parents. But this [press conference], this is mine. You guys here, you won't go to her. So why will I gift her with something I worked hard for? I'll share it definitely with those who deserve it," Kris said in a mix of English and Filipino.
The "Queen of All Media" earlier called out the entertainer-turned-government-official after Mocha reposted a video clip of two women kissing the late senator Ninoy Aquino minutes before he was shot in 1983. She posted the video to defend President Rodrigo Duterte from criticism, after he kissed an overseas Filipino worker during an official activitiy in South Korea early June.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issued an apology on behalf of the president, but Mocha refused to do the same, saying she was merely saying the truth.
Forgiveness and support
On Monday, Kris said it's the tough times that have made her realize who truly supports her. Aside from the companies that supported her digital business, Kris said she's thankful for the people who she's closest to, including several young stars in the industry.
"I just have to praise them. [Even] when I was of no use to them, they've consistenly been there. And that's why, all of you know, I will fight and I will really make sure to do everything for [actress] Kim Chiu and Erich [Gonzales]," she said. She also mentioned Pokwang and K Brosas as among those who have stayed with her through thick and thin.
She also praised her godchildren Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano for not making her uncomfortable even if the two are also close to former senator Bongbong Marcos. Marcos also happens to be their godfather.
Kris' late father, Ninoy Aquino, was part of the political opposition in the lead-up to the dark days of Martial Law under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the former senator's father. Ninoy was detained and forced into exile during those years. The assassination of Ninoy sparked and fueled protests that eventually led to the ouster of Ferdinand Marcos during the People Power Revolution.
Kris' mother and Ninoy's widow, Cory, replaced Ferdinand Marcos as president.
Despite being known to lash out strongly against those who've hurt her, Kris said she has no more issues with "people in the past."
"I have no issues with people in the past. In fact, my reaction then was a reaction of a mother," she said, referring to her strained relationship with ex-husband James Yap and her recent outbursts against him.
"But I also know that whatever Bimb's reaction is comes from what he sees from me. So he needs to feel I am okay," she added.
She told Bimby that when it comes to her relationship with his father, he will have to, at one point, "accept what it was and accept what happened."
"But I [told him] I can't force you. But please don't ever feel Bimb that this is a choice, na it's a test of your loyalty towards me because I'll never question it," Kris added. – Rappler.com