Vice President Jejomar Binay and Kris Aquino. Composite image
MANILA -- Actress-host Kris Aquino is not against the possible "adoption" of Vice President Jejomar Binay as the Liberal Party's (LP) standard-bearer for the 2016 elections.
During the live telecast of "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Tuesday, the youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III reacted to Binay's earlier statement about supposed talks to have him join LP as a "guest candidate."
"Parang kami ng mga sisters ko, pinag-uusapan namin 'yan, and sinasabi namin na kung puwede naman talagang magkaroon ng unity... Kasi, parang, ano... Hindi naman kami magkaaway," she said.
Last Monday, Binay revealed that the administration has been studying whether he could become an adopted presidential candidate. Another option, he added, is a coalition between the LP and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Ballsy Aquino, another of the President's four sisters, said she favors the idea of political parties uniting for the cause of one country. She added that Binay was among those who fought for the Aquinos against the martial law regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Kris Aquino (left, foreground) with hersiblings (clockwise from left) Ballsy Cruz, President Benigno Aquino III, Pinky Abellada and Viel Dee. Photo from the TV host's Instagram page
Echoing President Aquino's statement in his recent State of the Nation Address, Kris said she prefers that her brother's successor will continue the programs and reforms started by this administration.
Referring to Binay, Kris said, "Kung ipagpapatuloy niya naman ang lahat ng sinimulan ni Noy, why not?"
"Speaking for me and my sisters lang 'yon, ha. Nobody else, klaruhin ko lang po. Baka pagalitan ako! At parang wala naman silang pake sa opinyon namin!" she added, laughing.
The "Feng Shui" star also agreed with co-host Boy Abunda that "anything is possible in politics," but noted that possibilities leading up to the 2016 elections may be positive or negative.
"It's malayo pa, and a lot can happen but a lot of good can happen also. I want to positive, yes. I refuse to be negative," she said.
Kris' statement came only hours after Senate President and LP member Franklin Drilon, in an interview earlier Tuesday, denied that the group is considering Binay as a guest candidate.
Drilon said: "At the end of the day, the party will be influenced in its decision by the decision of President Noynoy [Aquino]. The President, being the chairman of our party, would have a very great say on who the standard-bearer will be. At this point, there is no such talk."