MANILA - Kris Aquino on Sunday said she admires opposition senatorial Chel Diokno, just weeks after blasting the camp of his ally, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
As the campaign entered the homestretch, Aquino shared to her 4.2 million Instagram followers a photo of her wearing a pink shirt emblazoned with Diokno's face and name.
"Humanga ako kay senate candidate #25 Chel Diokno because i agree sa SENSE ng STATEMENT nya: We all want to put a stop to corruption. We want criminality to stop. But we don’t talk enough about the 🇵🇭 justice system," she captioned the post.
(I came to admire Senate candidate #25 Chel Diokno because I agree with the sense of his statement.)
"Long Shot sya but just because a man isn’t in the 'sure win' category, it doesn’t mean hindi na ko pwedeng mabilib sa kanya," she added.
(He's a long shot but just because a man isn’t in the 'sure win' category, it doesn’t mean that I can't be amazed by him.)
DIOKNO'S TAKE ON JUSTICE
Diokno was recently quoted in an Esquire magazine article as saying that politicians do not want to talk about the justice system "precisely because it's [about] accountability."
"I think they're afraid to have a good justice system because they might be the first to be imprisoned," he said.
Aquino said even those who are not politicians want to evade discussions on law.
"Everyone who committed a crime, not just high profile politicians or organized crime bosses, must be held accountable," she said.
Aquino was embroiled in a legal battle with her former business partner Nicko Falcis, whom she accused of qualified theft amounting to P1.2 million.
The actress-host said Diokno was the second national candidate who was featured in a shirt that she bought and had printed.
HISTORY WITH OPPOSITION SLATE
She earlier endorsed the reelection bid of her cousin, Sen. Bam Aquino.
In contrast, the multimedia celebrity in April said Roxas' camp should not blame her brother, former president Benigno Aquino III, for his defeat in the 2016 presidential race.
Her remark came after Roxas' campaign manager, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, was quoted as saying that the former "should never have worn yellow" when he ran against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Yellow has been associated with the Aquinos after the color was used by their matriarch, former President Corazon Aquino.
Bam Aquino was among 14 candidates with a statistical in an April 10 to 14 voter preference survey by Pulse Asia, which saw Roxas placing 14th to 17th and Diokno ranking 25th to 31st.