'Astrologers, geomancers see bad things coming for PNoy'
MANILA - Presidential sister Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz on Tuesday explained why she and her three sisters turned emotional during their brother's fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
Speaking to radio dzMM, Ballsy said they felt pity for their brother, President Benigno Aquino III, who had been severely criticized in the past few weeks.
At least two impeachment complaints filed against Aquino in connection with his administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) have been endorsed at the House of Representatives.
The impeachment complaints came after the Supreme Court (SC) declared certain acts and practices under the DAP as unconstitutional.
Despite the ruling, Aquino continued to defend DAP, saying there was nothing illegal in its implementation and that it helped spur the country's economic growth.
"Pag nakikita mo yung kapatid mo na ginagawa lang naman niya yung palagay niyang dapat niyang gawin, pagkatapos yun pang mga kagalit ay talagang feeling nila, 'Ah ito na, ito na.' Yung mga iba sumakay at naki-angkas din, pampadagdag... Talagang feeling namin bugbog na bugbog na siya," Ballsy said.
In his SONA, Aquino echoed the words of his father, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., saying: "Patutunayan natin na the Filipino is worth dying for. The Filipino is worth living for. At idagdag ko naman po: the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for."
Aquino also reminded the public that he was nearly killed in a coup attempt during his mother's presidency in August 1987.
When the time comes that his "second life" is over, he said he will be able to say that he is "content with what he has achieved."
"Nakakaawa lang... Para bang feeling naming sisters, 'Bakit ganun ang tunog niya? Parang nagpapaalam na siya,'" Ballsy said.
According to Ballsy, her brother knows the risks that go with his job as the country's top official. However, threats are bigger this time, she said.
"Lately, meron kasing mga bali-balita galing kung kanino-kanino na sabihin daw sa mga nagbabantay sa kanya na mas mag-ingat kasi nga maraming mga plots na na-uncover."
She added that some of their relatives who believe in astrology and geomancy have also told them to be extra cautious. "Dahil meron silang nakikitang di maganda," she said.
'PINOYS STILL BELIEVE IN PNOY'
Despite the recent drops in the performance and trust ratings of Aquino, Ballsy maintained that her brother still has the confidence of majority of the Filipino people.
A Pulse Asia survey showed that the President's performance rating dropped 14 percentage points to 56 percent from March to June while his trust rating fell 16 percentage points to 53 percent.
"Of course, we're just human and we like his ratings really high. But we cannot complain kasi four years na siyang andun, maganda pa rin naman. Majority pa naman ang naniniwala sa kanya," Ballsy said.
She said Aquino has nothing to worry about since most of the Filipinos still believe in him.
"I think yun ang talagang lakas niya. Kapag ang tao ay with you, maski ano pang sabihin ng mga babatikos sa iyo, basta kasama mo ang mga tao, huwag ka dapat matakot," she said.
She said they also did not mind even if at least eight representatives from the Makabayan bloc in Congress walked out even before the President started his SONA.
"We cannot make those things hurt us," she said.
She said they can only pray for the people who keep on criticizing their brother.
"Who knows? Baka ma-enlighten," Ballsy said.