WikiLeaks: US impressed with 'influential' Kris, Merci

By Shiela Reyes, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Aug 30 2011 11:25 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2011 10:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A sister of President Benigno Aquino III and a former Ombudsman were considered by the US embassy as among the 5 most influential women in the Philippines, a cable released by WikiLeaks said.

According to cable 07MANILA302, Queen-of-All-Media Kris Aquino was able to extend her sway to thousands of people through her numerous national television shows and advertisements across the country.

Kris has been in the local entertainment scene since she was 14 years old. She has done more than 25 movies since then and has hosted several talk shows and game shows in ABS-CBN.

Kris currently appears in a regular morning talk show in ABS-CBN titled “Kris TV.”

She is also the youngest daughter of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and the late former Philippine President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

She is the youngest sister of the current Philippine President.

Meanwhile, the US embassy cable also named former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez as one of the most influential women in the country before her fall from grace.

Gutierrez was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2005.

The cable said Gutierrez's position was responsible for investigating erring government officials.

In 2009, Gutierrez faced an impeachment complaint for allegedly mishandling cases. This was later on dismissed by the court.

Gutierrez, however, faced the same complaint in 2010 that later led to her impeachment in the House of Representatives in 2011.

She resigned from her position 10 days before her impeachment trial began at the Senate.

Gutierrez was accused of betrayal of public trust for allegedly failing to act on charges filed against controversial cases linked to the Arroyo administration.

Three other influential women mentioned in the US embassy cable were Senator Loren Legarda, journalist Malou Mangahas, and former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca.