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FALSE: Kris Aquino says she will run for president if a Marcos runs

FALSE: Kris Aquino says she will run for president if a Marcos runs
As of March 4, 2021, she has not declared any intent to file for candidacy for any electoral post. There are no official reports, statements, or recordings that prove she said the quote in the graphic.
At a glance:
  • Claim: Kris Aquino said that if a Marcos runs for the presidency, then she will also “have to” join the presidential race.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: There are no official reports, statements, or recordings that prove Aquino said this.
  • Why we fact-checked this: Facebook page “Bayan Ko Ph” posted an edited photo of Aquino with the fake quote allegedly said by her. As of writing, the post has 482 reactions, 204 comments, and 13 shares. 

Complete details:

A Facebook post dated February 23 claims that Kris Aquino said the following statement: “If the Marcoses decide to run for presidency, I will just have to run for presidency too. Just to show the public kung paano namin mga Aquino pakainin ng alikabok ang mga Marcos. Nothing serious. Katuwaan lang tatakbo ako bilang presidente.

(If the Marcoses decide to run for [the] presidency, I will just have to run for [the] presidency too. Just to show the public how we Aquinos can make the Marcoses bite the dust. Nothing serious. It’s just for fun, I’ll run for president.) 

In the post, a photo of Aquino was placed next to the quote. It was posted with the caption: “So ‘KATUWAAN’ lang pala sayo ang tumakbo bilang Presidente? Go Go Kris… kumandidato ka at tingnan natin kung sino ang lalabas na ‘KATAWA-TAWA’ pagkatapos ng halalan.” (So running for the presidency is just ‘fun’ to you? Go, go Kris… run and let’s see who’ll appear laughable after the election).

Aquino is the daughter of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, who opposed the rule of dictator and former president Ferdinand Marcos. She is also the sister of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The post has 452 reactions, 204 comments, and 13 shares as of this writing. This claim was spotted using the social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle. Rappler has fact checked the page “Bayan Ko Ph” before.

This claim is false. Aquino did not say the quote in the graphic. As of Thursday, March 4, she has not declared any intent to file for candidacy for any electoral post. There are no official reports, statements, or recordings that prove Aquino said the quote in the graphic.

The closest thing that Aquino has said was made during a press conference on April 22, 2019. At the time, Aquino said she would run against a Marcos but not against Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Duterte is the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In response to questions on whether she would run for president against Sara Duterte, Aquino said: “Maling-mali na kami ang pinag-aaway eh kasi walang ugat. Kung tinanong ‘nyo ako kung tatakbo ako kung Marcos ang tatakbo, bahala na si Batman, yes, isusugal ang lahat kung ‘yun ang kalaban.”

(It’s wrong to pit us against each other because there’s no deeply rooted reason for it. If you ask me if I will run against a Marcos, I’ll leave it to Batman, yes, I will gamble everything if that’s the fight.)

Aquino did not say that if a member of the Marcos family ran for president, then it would prompt her to file for candidacy for the position as well. 

Aquino has also said that her health prevents her from running for office. Aquino was diagnosed with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria, an autoimmune disease, in 2018.

On an Instagram post from April 2019, Aquino responded to a user who claimed that she was “overacting” over her health condition, alluding to possible plans of candidacy in the 2022 presidential elections. In the comments, Aquino said, “The longer I stay unhealthy, the less likely ang 2022. Pero kung papasukin, handang handa.” (But if I can enter, I am ready.) 

In an October 2018 episode of her YouTube series Life Update with Kris, she said in a mix of English and Filipino: “I don’t think [I will run] in 2022. Because I have health restrictions. Unless there is some miracle that will happen, the people won’t be getting their money’s worth. You have to be one with the people. How can I be one with the people if I’m not healthy?”

Aquino also denied speculations about her political aspirations during the 2019 senatorial elections. – Sofia Guanzon/Rappler.com

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