MANILA — Former TV host Kris Aquino said she is willing to meet the Marcoses halfway, in light of Sen. Imee Marcos’ decidedly “dilawan” outfit at President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) — but with conditions.
“If it’s a sincere gesture to reach out, acknowledge past sins and show remorse — I shall meet them halfway. We can move forward but we can do that only by acknowledging the past,” Aquino wrote in an Instagram comment on Tuesday, in response to a follower asking for her reaction to Marcos’ choice of color at the July 22 event.
Marcos wore a yellow and red Mak Tumang gown to her first SONA as a sitting lawmaker.
“O, dilawan ako ngayon,” Marcos said, in reference to the color associated with the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted her father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and which led to the presidency of the late Corazon Aquino, Kris Aquino’s mother.
Kris’s father, the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., was imprisoned and later assassinated during the regime of former President Marcos.
“Tama na ang bangayan,” Imee Marcos said on Monday, explaining her choice of color, as she walked towards the plenary hall of the Congress.
On Instagram on Tuesday, Marcos also said of her outfit: “Sawang sawa na ako sa bangayan ng dilaw at pula sa pulitika. Finally, today, at PRRD's 4th SONA, yellow meets red!”
While they have crossed paths numerous times, Kris said Imee “has never heard from me about my childhood and I have never heard about her history as well.”
“We should be open to a conversation to understand our lives. Fair enough?”