Kris Aquino to go on leave from TV soap, says co-star

by Napoleon Quintos, ABS-CBN.com

Posted at Apr 15 2010 03:52 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2010 12:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino will go on leave from her soap opera, “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo,” to campaign for her brother full time, her co-star confirmed.

Kim Chiu, who plays Aquino’s daughter in the teleserye, made this confirmation to ABS-CBN.com.

“Magle-leave lang siya for the campaign. Hindi naman siya papatayin sa story. May gagawin lang sa character niya pero babalik din naman,” she said.

The young actress also shared that it was the queen of all media who insisted that she be allowed to return to the show once the campaign period ends on May 8.

“Ayaw naman niya talagang umalis pero kailangan daw. Siya pa nga ang nagsasabi, ‘Ayokong mamatay ha!’” Chiu said.

Chiu’s statements disproved speculations that Aquino, youngest sister of Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, is no longer happy working on “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.”

Chiu maintained that the actress-TV host is on good terms with the cast and crew of the show.

“Wala naman pong sama ng loob. Ang bait bait nga po niya sa aming lahat. Kung ano man ‘yong naririnig ko na may problema siya, pagdating naman niya sa taping parang wala nga. Hindi niya dinadala ‘yong bigat ng loob niya,” she said.

When asked to react on rumors that Aquino walked out in the middle of their taping, Chiu chose not to comment.

“Ayoko na pong magsalita tungkol diyan kasi baka kung ano pa ang masabi ko,” she said.

The young star also defended Aquino from those criticizing her acting ability.

“Lagi kong naririnig ‘yan pero tingin ko hindi. Magaling siyang umarte. Madali siyang umiyak. Sasabihin lang sa kanya ni direk ‘yong eksena magagawa niya agad nang mahusay,” Chiu said.

Chiu even said that Aquino is a better actress than her. “Siyempre mas matagal na siyang artista. May award na siya, may mga box-office movies na siya.”

Meanwhile, Chiu, who will turn 20 on April 19, also divulged that she may get a cool new gadget from Aquino.

“Ang ibibigay ni Ate Kris sa akin ‘yong iPad. Sabi niya sa akin noong nakaraan, ‘Kimmy, may gift ako sa ‘yo, parating pa lang ‘yong iPad!’ Dapat surprise kaya lang na-excite siya kaya nasabi niya,” she said.