President had no intention to snub Kris, says Andanar
MANILA - Malacañang is not discounting the possibility that President Rodrigo Duterte's cancelled interview with television host-actress Kris Aquino may still be rescheduled.
"Anything is a possibility. Everything is a possibility. The planned interview with Kris Aquino was on the board at least a month before pa," Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.
He reiterated that Duterte had no intention to skip the interview on Saturday until a migraine attack forced him to do so at the last minute.
Andanar also noted that the "whole government force" supported the interview with several officials in attendance at the Town Hall Session of the MSME Summit hosted by Aquino.
"There was really no intention to snub Kris Aquino. The whole force of the government supporting the program, then you just read between the lines, that it is supported by the government," he told state-run radio dzRB.
"It just so happened that the President was not feeling well," he added.
Aquino, the sister of Duterte's predecessor, former president Benigno Aquino III, has said she does not know why she was "snubbed." But she also expressed hope that her cancelled meeting with Duterte will still push through in the future.
"I apologize again that the date hindi natuloy (did not push through). I was stood up. But I assume the next time... sisipot na siya (he will attend)," the television host said.
Duterte is now "doing fine" following his migraine attack, Palace officials said.