Kris Aquino: Don't blame my brother Noy for Mar Roxas' defeats
MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino lashed out at senatorial candidate Mar Roxas' campaign manager for saying that he made a mistake by wearing yellow during his presidential campaign in 2016.
Yellow is the signature color of the Liberal Party (LP), of which former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Kris' brother, is chairman emeritus.
According to an Inquirer report, Caloocan City 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, Roxas' campaign manager, said they decided on the color blue for his 2019 senatorial bid.
"It was a conscious decision [to change colors] because one mistake [Roxas] made in 2016 was acting like Robin to [Aquino's] Batman...and Robin will never be Batman," Erice said, referring to the superhero duo of DC Comics.
Erice added that Roxas "needed to get away from [Aquino's] shadow."
"Really – to blame his loss on my brother? So pati ba pagkatalo sa 2010 kasalanan din ni Noy (So was it Noy's fault that he lost in 2010 as well)?" Kris said, referring to Roxas' defeat in the 2010 vice presidential race.
"Hindi kami okay ni Noy, pero kadugo ko siya. Nagkalayo man kami, pakitaan siya ng hindi ko masikmurang kawalan ng respeto...dahil disente siya at tatahimik – you will read our truth," she continued.
(Noy and I are not on good terms, but we're family. Though we have a rift, when people disrespect him...because he is decent and will just stay silent – you will read our truth.)
The rift Kris was talking about started because she posted in 2018 "why it was so clear" to her why President Rodrigo Duterte won in the 2016 elections. Roxas placed second to Duterte then. (READ: Kris Aquino apologizes to Noynoy, Duterte, Mar after rant vs Korina Sanchez)
In a follow-up post, Kris addressed her brother, saying: "I know we were raised knowing the world can turn their backs on us but we'd always have each other.... In time I pray we can be family again."
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PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER. Mom’s greatest lesson given to us... President Duterte was whom the majority chose through the democratic right to vote that our parents gave their lives to fight for... Hindi tayo yung pino-portray, we are not power hungry, we are not sore losers- dahil pinalaki tayo na alam- PAHIRAM lang ang panahon sa Malacañang. It was dad’s greatest dream- BUT it was mom’s and your DESTINY... gusto ko lang sariwain sa yo- you did our family proud. kung walang credit ngayon, kung insulto ang maging “dilawan”- sana tingnan mo kung sinong katabi mo nung naging Citizen Noy ka na ulit- kung ano ang bilib nung dalawa sa yo nung panahon na presidente ka, hindi naman nagbago dahil sa kanila ikaw si TITO NOY. (Back to silent mode na po. Hindi ko lang kinayang tumahimik habang inapakan ang buong pagkatao ng kapatid ko.)