MANILA - It's clear that Kris Aquino was very excited about her interview with President Rodrigo Duterte, even revealing that she went on a diet just so that she'd look good for it. Her hopes were later met with disappointment, however, after Duterte opted to skip the townhall interview she was hosting in Davao City as he was not feeling well.
"Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy," Aquino quipped onstage at the National Micro, Small, and Medium Entrepreneurs' Summit 2016, adding: "President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako."
It did not take long for Aquino's fans to catch wind of Duterte's no-show, and some were not happy, especially since the interview was heavily advertised by the Department of Trade and Industry, Go Negosyo Foundation, TV5, on newspapers and TV ads, and on state-run station PTV 4.
"I feel sad for Kris. It could not have been just a coincidence that [Duterte] got sick. Why not inform [organizers] ahead of time [that] he won't make it?" one asked.
Another claimed: "In the 1st place, why did Kris Aquino even agree to interview [Duterte]? She'll still be relevant with or without it. What was she hoping to achieve?"
Some, meanwhile, praised Aquino's light-hearted reaction over being "snubbed," with a fan saying: "Let's not hate Kris Aquino for doing a very good job handling the situation where she was ditched by the president."
Prior to the scheduled interview, a video uploaded on the Facebook page of Go Negosyo Foundation even had Filipinos share their thoughts on Aquino meeting Duterte, who succeeded her brother, former president Benigno Aquino III. "Kaabang abang talaga. Exciting," said a man featured in the clip.
Still, many understood Duterte's reason for skipping, as he had just come back from two-day visit to Malaysia.
"Hindi lahat ay puwede paunlakan ng Presidente hindi dahil 'di nya gusto. May mga bagay na mas kailangang bigyan ng prioridad at bigyang importansya," explained one of his supporters on Facebook.
Aquino said that she still hopes her interview with the president would push through at a later date.