MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino, the youngest sister of presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, on Sunday turned emotional as she defended herself from constant criticisms thrown at her ever since the election fever began.
Apparently fed up from always being the target of harsh comments, Kris disclosed that she even contemplated of leaving entertainment talk show “The Buzz.”
The host, whose personal life has always been a subject of scrutiny and is said to be a liability to Noynoy’s candidacy, said she consulted her 3 female siblings - Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dee, Pinky Aquino-Abellada - about her plan since it should be a “family decision.”
She said she excluded Noynoy because her brother is not used to the world of show business.
“Sinabi ko sa mga kapatid ko, tao lang ako talaga. And I said this election parang lahat ng kagalit ni ‘Noy kung may kailangang pintasan, ako parati. Tapos sinabi ko kay Ate parang mababaliw na ako kasi mababasa mo na parang ikaw na ang pinakawalanghiyang tao sa mundo,” she said.
“Ginagalang ko ang pagka-presidente dahil alam ko kung ano ang sinakripisyo ng tatay ko at nanay ko para magkaroon tayo ng demokrasya,” said the youngest daughter of former president Corazon Aquino and Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
She said people might have an impression that she is a brat, but when it involves her family she is always ready to make sacrifices.
Kris lamented that Noynoy’s detractors are targeting her in order to destroy the lawmaker’s reputation. She said she is only human and could only endure much.
“Masakit na dahil ginagamit ako para sirain ang pamilya ko. Nagbabago naman po ako everyday. I try to be the daughter that my mom deserves,” she said.
During their conversation, she said her sisters reminded her that she is no quitter, and that she should stay strong for Noynoy.
“My sisters told me, ‘Krissy, konting tiis na lang. Dalawang buwan na lang naman… Sinabi ng 3 kapatid ko, ‘You go there and you hold your head up high because you know deep down you’re a good person,” she said.
The controversial host added that Ballsy, Viel and Pinky advised her to be more careful with her words and actions especially since “all eyes are on you.”
“Sa lahat ng pinagdaanan ko, sa lahat nito, this election that I never wished for, sinabi ko, ‘Thank you Ate, love ninyo ako. Hindi ninyo pinararamdam sa akin na pabigat ako sa inyo.'
“And I texted ‘Noy to say, ‘Win or lose, kung anong mangyari, please know that we’ve tried our very best. And I’m not going to disappoint you anymore and I’m not going to give them reasons to criticize you,’” she said.
She said she knew her critics would not stop from bringing up past controversies that involved her just to destroy Noynoy. She cited last week’s much talked about misunderstanding between her and former "The Buzz" co-host Ruffa Gutierrez.
She, however, vowed that she would not back down.
She also thanked those who continue to support her and her family.