Kris Aquino (left, foreground) poses with her siblings (clockwise from left) Ballsy Cruz, President Benigno Aquino III, Pinky Abellada and Viel Dee in this photo posted by the actress-host early this week on her Instagram page
MANILA -- While joining politics appears to run in their family, one of the sisters of President Aquino, Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Abellada is advising her youngest sibling, actress-host Kris Aquino, against pursuing a career in public service.
"Sana huwag na siyang pumasok sa pulitika, sana hindi," Pinky said, laughing, when asked if she would want Kris to become president.
In an interview on "Tapatan ni Tunying" aired Thursday, the second of five Aquino siblings brought up the demands of holding a political post in explaining why doesn't support Kris in her plans to follow in her brother and parents' footsteps.
"Kasi talagang 'yung life mo, you have to put it on hold 'di ba. Paano ka naman magwo-work nang [mayroong] regular life? If you look at the bright side, okay din naman, pero sana huwag na siya mag-politics," she said.
Early this year, Kris said she is considering running for public office in Tarlac, her family's home province. In order to prepare, the actress-host said she "would like [to undergo] on-the-job training with mayors of 'bonggang' cities," citing in particlar Davao and Iloilo.
Dubbed the Philippines' "Queen of All Media," Kris is the youngest daughter of democracy icons Ninoy and Cory Aquino.
Kris and Pinky's only brother, President Benigno Aquino III, announced his bid for the country's top post in 2010, a month after the death of their mother, who held the same position from 1986 to 1992.
"Parang na sa tadhana talaga, eh," the eldest Aquino sibling, Maria Elena "Ballsy" Cruz, said. She brought up the turn of events since the assassination of his father in 1983, which inspired a historic movement.
Referring to her mother and the current President, Ballsy said, "Hindi naman nila pinagarap, hindi nila ginusto. Iyon nga lang, noong namatay ang dad, naging ang mom. Noong namatay ang mom, naging si Noy."
"Ngayon sabi nila, sino naman mamamatay?" she quipped, laughing.
Pinky added she and her siblings have been careful to preserve their parents' legacy, which she called a "huge gift."
"Sa pinaghirapan nila, sino sa amin ang sisira no'n? I mean, really, baliw ka na kung gagawin mo 'yon," she said.