'Kawawa ka naman, ang payat mo': Imee recalls chance encounter with Kris

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Posted at May 30 2019 01:57 PM | Updated as of May 30 2019 02:55 PM

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MANILA - Senator-elect Imee Marcos apparently crossed paths recently with actress-host Kris Aquino, a rare encounter between two women whose families are on opposite sides of history. 

In an interview with ANC's headstart, Marcos recalled bumping into Aquino at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Aquino's father Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. was imprisoned and later assassinated during the regime of the outgoing Ilocos Norte governor's father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. 

"Sabi ko, 'Kawawa ka naman ang payat-payat mo.' Pero actually, inggit ako ang payat niya," said Marcos in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

(I told her 'what a pity, you are so thin.' But actually I envy her because she's so thin.)

Aquino has been seen noticeably thin on photos on her social media accounts as she is battling "a form of lupus" and has been struggling to gain weight since.

Marcos also recalled how she and Aquino's brother, former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, were both members of the 11th up to the 13th Congress as representatives of Ilocos Norte and Tarlac, respectively.

"Magkasabay kami sa opposition. Konting-konti lang kami," she said.

(We were together in the opposition. There were only a few of us.)

Despite Noynoy Aquino's critical stance towards her father's martial law regime, Marcos said that when he was president, he would respond to her text messages whenever she needed help in locating then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during calamities. 

"Hindi ko alam kung bingi ako o manhid ako parang hindi ko na rin napapansin kasi 'pag may bagyo naman tinutulungan ako, tinetext ko 'yun pag hindi ko mahanap si Sec. Mar, sasagot naman kaagad," she said.

(I don't know if I'm deaf or numb, I don't notice it anymore but whenever there's a typhoon, he helps, I text him whenever I couldn't find Sec. Mar, he would respond.)

Marcos added that it was natural for things to become nastier during elections.

"But I don't take these things personally. At the end of the day, there have been so many elections. Sabi ko nga sa mga bashers, haters naku h'wag kayong matakot sa akin dahil hindi ako mapaghiganti (As I told bashers, haters, don't be scared of me because I am not vengeful)," she said.