Kris cries foul over online abuse


MANILA -- Kris Aquino on Thursday asked people for support during the Liberal Party campaign held in Hagonoy, Bulacan.

According to the younger sister of President Benigno Aquino III, she is being bashed on social media by people who accuse their family of being abusive.

"Binubugbog po ako sa social media, sinasabi mapang-abuso daw ang pamilyang Aquino, makapal daw ang mukha namin dahil ginagamit ko daw ang presidential chopper para mangampanya," she said.

Photos showing the President and his sister arriving in Dalaguete, Cebu via choppers with the presidential seal have gone viral and drew negative reactions from netizens, who think the family is using the choppers in campaigning for Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

"Puwede bang ipagtanggol niyo ako? Kasi sa totoo lang po, one hour na po ako naghihintay," she said. "Ang mga guards na kasama ko naloka na lang nang sinabi ko maglakad na tayo, dahil nakakahiyang paghintayin ang Hagonoy," she told the people, who responded in a cheerful uproar.

She earlier announced on Instagram that she would be a long break from showbiz.

On Friday, she appeared in a campaign rally for the Liberal Party's (LP) candidates and expressed support anew for Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo.

President Aquino, meanwhile, reminded the public that his sister is among the country's top individual taxpayers and that he is only sharing her some "success."

"Nagkamalay siya kung kailan dapang-dapa kami bilang isang pamilya. Gusto ko naman ipakita sa kanya, tignan mo ang resulta na talagang nagiging makabuluhan, may saysay itong demokrasya na ipinaglaban ng mga magulang natin," he said.

PNoy defends Kris' use of pres'l chopper to campaign.

"Whether it is an individual taxpayer or someone who is very close to me who shared all of the burdens, I think it is just proper to share the successes. Share kami sa hirap, share kami sa successes," he added.

In a text message, Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said: "Members of the President's immediate family are allowed to ride with him in official government vehicles."