MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential candidate Sen. Manny Villar said he feels honored to know that children support him, including apparently the son of TV host Kris Aquino.
“Ikinararangal ko na kapag nakikita kong nagugustuhan ako ng mga bata. Dahil ang mga bata honest,” Villar said.
The NP standard-bearer made this statement after the 2-year-old son of Kris Aquino, youngest sister of Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, shouted Villar’s name during Aquino’s campaign sortie in Bacolod on March 29.
Kris was carrying James “Baby James” Yap Jr. on stage when her youngest son said Villar’s name on the microphone. The slip-up was heard by hordes of people who attended the sortie.
A footage showed Kris saying, “No, it’s a no.” Kris then hurriedly handed Baby James over to an LP member.
In an entertainment blog, Kris confirmed that Baby James indeed said Villar, but not “Vote Villar” as some speculated.
Kris also explained that Baby James would sometimes tease his uncle by saying the names of his political rivals like Villar and former president Joseph Erap.
Kris, who is very active in campaigning for her brother, appealed to the public to spare her son from politics, and let Baby James enjoy his life as a 2-year-old.