(2nd UPDATE) TV host-actress Kris Aquino on Friday expressed sadness after her much-awaited interview with President Rodrigo Duterte did not push through.
Aquino, sister of Duterte's predecessor Benigno Aquino III, was supposed to meet Duterte at the National Micro, Small, and Medium Entrepreneurs’ (MSME) Summit 2016 in Davao City.
However, Duterte did not make it to the event as he was not feeling well. The president arrived before dawn on Friday in Davao City from a two-day visit to Malaysia.
Kris hopes that her cancelled meeting with Duterte will still push through in the future.
"President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako (one day you will love me)," she said on stage at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.
"I apologized again that the date hindi natuloy (did not push through). I was stood up. But I assume the next time, he realized that it was fun, sisipot na siya (he will attend)."
Aquino, who looked slimmer in a green dress, said she was sad since she prepared for the interview.
"Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy. President Duterte pinaghandaan kita, nag-diyeta ako ng dalawang linggo," Aquino said.
(Sometimes, the first date doesn't push through. I even prepared for this and went on a diet for two weeks.)
"Twenty-six (inches) na lang po ang bewang ko ngayon. Sisiguraduhin kong maging 25 para sa next time na pagkikita natin."
(My waistline is now 26". I'll make sure it will go down to 25" in time for our meeting.)
She also shared that she talked to her brother on the phone after learning that Duterte won't make it to the event. She said her brother told her not to back out of the event.
"Nagtanong ako sa kuya ko kung dapat kong ituloy. Tumawag po ako at sinabi ko, Noy, I'm alone. Sabi ko sa kanya, what do I do? Sabi nya, 'You made a commitment. Nandyan ka para sa GoNegosyo, nandyan ka kasi you believe in the Philippine economy, and nandyan ka because you want everybody to be included in the growth of our economy,'" she said.
Aquino's brother was the titular head of the once-ruling Liberal Party, which fielded former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the presidential race.
Roxas came second to Duterte in the 2016 presidential polls.