Kris Aquino vows to campaign for Roxas, Robredo

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

BULACAN - For the first time, TV host-actress Kris Aquino on Friday appeared in a campaign rally for the Liberal Party's (LP) candidates and expressed support for standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo.

Aquino made a surprise appearance at the Meycauayan College Annex Gymnasium in Bulacan where President Benigno Aquino III also delivered a message.

She vowed to campaign for Roxas and Robredo across the country to ensure the continuity of her brother's reforms and programs. She said she told her brother this morning her intention to help in the campaign.

"This morning, kinausap ko po ang kuya ko. Sinabi ko sa kanya, noong nagsisimula ka noong 2010, na asahan mo ako. Halos lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas, pinuntahan ko para sayo. Ngayon, para ipagpatuloy ang nasimulan mo, asahan mo na lahat ng sulok ng Pilipinas babalikan ko para tulungan si Mar Roxas at si Leni Robredo," she told the audience.

She said it was her decision to help and that her brother did not ask for it.

"Sa akin po nanggaling ito, sa puso ko. Simple lang kung bakit. Nanay po ako. Ang bunso ko po, eight years old. Naniniwala po ako sa May 9, ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak ang pinakamag-aalaga niyan si Mar Roxas at si Leni Robredo."

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The President, meanwhile, again alluded to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's vow to stop crime in months once he assumes office or he would resign, saying it was Roxas who had the record to reduce crime as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with the help of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Oplan Lambat Sibat.

"May nagsabi pa ho, bigyan mo ako ng tatlo hanggang anim na buwan tatapusin ko ang krimen sa Pilpinas at 'pag hindi ko nagagawa magre-resign ako. Siyempre dalawa ang iniisip ko. Pero habang pinapangako mo 'yan, si Mar Roxas napababa ang crime rate natin sa buong Pilipinas," the President.

Roxas was represented in Meycauayan by his son Paolo; Robredo, her sister-in-law Penny.

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