MANILA, Philippines – Film actress and television host Kris Aquino on Saturday broke her silence on the Supreme Court’s decision to order the distribution of 4,915.7466 hectares of Hacienda Luisita, the sugar estate owned by her relatives.
The youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III expressed her sentiments through her official Twitter account @itsmekrisaquino, starting off by saying that she believes the president inherited the courage of her father Ninoy “in fighting for what is lawful and just.”
In a succession of tweets, Aquino relayed a story about how her mother’s side of the family coped with struggle during Martial Law.
“Since Luisita is very much in the news, may I share a beautiful story? When our Dad was imprisoned during Martial Law, our lolo Pepe Cojuangco visited him (lolo Pepe died in the mid 70s),” she tweeted.
“Our Dad was being offered a deal, everything taken away from our Mom's parents would be ‘given back’ by the Marcos regime as long as my Dad signed papers admitting his guilt in the made up charges leveled against him.”
“My Dad lost his own father at 15 & Lolo Pepe was really like his own father. My Dad told our lolo he'd sign the papers because he didn't want to see my grandparents suffer & lose so much. Lolo Pepe told Dad, Ninoy kaya namin. I'll take care of Cory & the kids.”
“U fight for what is right because we believe in u. I hope that gives most of u a clearer picture of what my Mom's family is like. How they suffered & stood w/ my Dad & took care of us through the worst. To think, Ninoy Aquino was only their in law.”
Aquino ended by saying her family respects the decision of the Supreme Court.
“We respect the Supreme Court, we survived even when they took everything from us, including our Dad's life- & we will survive even this. Beautiful quote: If u r an athlete, u will never dream to win the bronze medal,” she said.