Queen of All Media Kris Aquino has determined her new “role in life”: To raise her brother, President-elect Noynoy’s spirits especially during tough times.
“When you’re president, ang dami-daming batikos so, paminsan-minsan kailangan mo ring marinig na you’re doing a good job, most especially galing doon sa totoong nagmamahahal sa’yo. And ako, I’m really a positive person,” said Kris during a live TV interview on June 9, a few hours after her brother’s proclamation.
And how has she carried out her, well, duties so far?
“Like kapag feeling ko ang ganda ng speech niya, ang ganda ng pagkasagot niya, tine-text ko siya kaagad. Kapag feeling ko pogi siya that day, nagte-text din ako kasi kailangan naman talagang may balance tayo,” she related on “TV Patrol World” that same day.
The ever-controversial actress-TV host also reiterated her earlier promise that she will now “behave.”
“From this day forward magiging obedient na ko sa kanya (Noy).”
Kris, along with her sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada and Viel Aquino-Dee, will be what anchor Ted Failon dubbed as “konsensya ng bayan;” the ones who will tell all to Noy including the “bad news.”
“Pangulo na siya ngayon, kaya lahat kami ay bow sa kanya. Pero sabi nga niya kailangan niya ng magsasabi sa kanya kung merong mga katiwalian na hindi umaabot sa kanya. ‘Pag pangulo ka na kasi, mahirap, ‘yung ibang tao hindi masabi sa’yo ‘yung mga pangit na balita, ‘yung mga bad news. Inaasahan niya na kami ang magsasabi sa kanya,” said Ballsy.
Meanwhile, Kris pleaded the public to give her “The Buzz” and “Showbiz News Ngayon” co-host Boy Abunda a break. Note that Boy, whom Kris considers her best friend, has been a target of criticism since Noy divulged contemplating on making him the next Department of Tourism secretary.
“I really want to put a close to the topic already kasi naaawa ako sa best friend ko sa dami ng mga batikos na tinanggap niya. Inamin ko naman ‘yun sa ‘The Buzz’ na sa akin nagsimula, pero alam mo nagsimula at nagwakas ang usapan between Boy at Noynoy. Unfortunately in an interview, nabanggit ni Noynoy ang pangalan ni Boy even after the initial talks already died down.
“So let’s give Boy a break kasi hindi naman niya tinanggap, hindi natuloy, and alam ko rin naman talaga na marami ang naninindigan at nagsabi din na merong maitutulong si Boy Abunda sa ating bayan,” she said.
Should Noynoy appoint celebrities to be part of his much-awaited Cabinet lineup or to any other government position, Kris said “it’s ultimately [his] decision;” a statement that seemingly puts to rest the observations that she has an influence over her brother’s choices.
Kris added: “I think it will also be based on public sensibilities and sensitivities. Ang pinagdarasal ko lang sana pagbigyan ng pagkakataon ng mga tao ‘yung mga gusto talagang sincere ang paninilbihan na ibigay sa bayan natin.”
The presidential and vice-presidential proclamation yesterday became another occasion for showbiz and politics to mingle. Spotted inside the Batasang Pambansa were ABS-CBN executives, president Charo Santos and channel head Cory Vidanes, talent manager Deo Endrinal, singer Ogie Alcasid, actor Dingdong Dantes, actor-director Cesar Montano, Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde, Kris’ cager-husband James Yap, designer Paul Cabral and fashion editor Liz Uy.
Speaking of Liz, her ex-boyfriend John Lloyd Cruz told “TV Patrol” in a separate interview that he has congratulated her for reportedly being tapped as the “First Stylist.”
“I sent her a message. I just congratulated her as always. And I’ll always be proud of her,” the three-time Box Office King said.
Apart from being a cheerleader to Noy and a bastion of truth for the nation, Kris will also be busy with her advocacy of helping unfortunate young students, particularly those in Grades 1 up to Grade 3. She starts off by distributing 2,000 school supplies in Tarlac on June 10.
And as ordered by her president-brother, the “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo” star will be “giving back” to those who supported Noy during his campaign, and reach out to all.
“Sinabi ko kay Noy na namimili ako kung saan siya malakas. Pinaalalahanan ako ni Noy na ‘No Kristina, kailangan mag-reach out ka sa lahat dahil ikaw ‘yung may kakayanan,’ [and] as Ate [Ballsy] said nga, dahil sa napapanood ako sa TV araw-araw, mas madali na makapunta at makalapit sa kanila so after Tarlac merong kaming Cebu and may isang area sa Mindanao,” she said.