Abunda shifts support from Villar to Noynoy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2009 09:46 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2009 09:39 PM

MANILA – Television host and talent manager Boy Abunda has shifted his allegiance to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, which brought the lawmaker’s youngest sister, Kris Aquino, to tears.

Abunda is a known supporter of Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. and appeared in many of the senator’s television advertisements. But when Noynoy announced his presidential bid, Abunda immediately expressed his support to Kris’ older brother.

According to Kris, Abunda is even willing to sell some of his property and donate the money to Noynoy’s campaign kitty.

She said: “He's (Abunda) really my other brother… Sabi ni Boy, the two houses daw na he has here [ibebenta niya]. Sabi niya huwag lang sa Samar dahil iyon ang ancestral home, at binuo niya iyon for Nanay (Abunda’s mother). Pero si Nanay nagsabi, ‘Hindi Boy isama mo na rin iyon.’"

“Alam mo, iyon friendship namin is more than just friendship. Kasi part of the family talaga siya. Kasi actually ang dalas ibilin ng mom sa kanya, especially when mom was sick, na ikaw nang bahala kay Kris kasi sayo nakikinig yan.”

Kris said she also offered to sell her home, but Noynoy opposed the idea.

“Sabi ni Noy, ‘Thank you very much pero hindi ako pinalaki ng dad na kukunin ko ang bahay ng mga anak mo. Hindi ko naman kaya yan. God will provide.’ Tapos sinabi niya, ‘Hindi, huwag iyong bahay mo para kung ano man ang mangyari may matitirhan kayo. Sabi ko, ‘Why? Takot ka na titira kami sa Times (Street) with you?’” she laughingly said.

She added: “’Alam ko marami akong pending na endorsements. Sabi ko, one-third kay Josh, one-third kay Baby James, one-third sa kanya. Sabi ko, ‘Wow, Mama Kris talaga!”

Aside from Abunda, other celebrities also volunteered to campaign for Noynoy for free, namely Claudine Barretto, Bea Alonzo, Mariel Rodriguez, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid and Jim Paredes. - Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News