BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - Actress-TV host Kris Aquino sees no need to court the support of her uncle, San Miguel Corp. chairman Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco Jr., for the presidential bid of her brother, Liberal Party (LP) bet Sen. Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III.
Kris told ABS-CBN News in Bacolod she believes her uncle is backing her brother, especially since Danding's daughter, Luisa 'Liza' Cojuangco-Cruz, and brother Henry Cojuangco, 1st district Rep. of Tarlac, have already endorsed Noynoy.
Kris said Henry is Danding's closest brother, and she's "pretty confident" that he and daughter Liza would not have come out in the open to support Noynoy if they did not get Danding's approval.
Kris also hopes that since Negros Occidental is supportive of her shows on television, the people will also support her brother in the May 10 polls.
She added they have sought the help of many local officials in the province, and she claimed most of them have said they would vote for Aquino and Roxas.
“Kapamilya country kasi ito eh, so alam na alam ko lang talaga na lahat ng programa ko sinusuportahan nila. So sana naman talaga when it comes to May 10, lumabas sila talaga ang boboto for ‘Noy and Mar,” said Kris.
When asked on her seeking support from local officials for the LP tandem, Kris said: “Yes and mukha wala pa namang tumatanggi sa ‘kin.”
Ms. Cojuangco-Cruz has joined Kris in campaigning for Noynoy and running mate Manuel 'Mar' Roxas II. (Watch: Danding's daughter campaigns for Noynoy in Iloilo)
Cojuangco-Cruz told ABS-CBN News she sought permission from her father to campaign for Noynoy.
She said it was time to set aside differences between their families.
Cojuangco-Cruz said that although her father has not openly endorsed Noynoy, she is sure that he will not support the administration candidate, Gilbert Teodoro. (Read: Anybody but Gibo, says Danding's wife)
“As far as he is concerned anybody… You know already what that means... Anybody ... I don’t have to say the continuation,” said Cojuangco-Cruz.
She said her father does not want to speak up about who to support since he is already semi-retired from politics.
Kris and Cojuangco-Cruz will be in Negros Occidental the next two days to campaign for Aquino and Roxas. -- report from Barbara Mijares, ABS-CBN News Bacolod