Why Kris Aquino will not run in 2019 midterm elections

September 25, 2018 - 5:30 PM
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Kris Aquino confirmed that she will not seek a seat in the Senate in a lengthy Instagram post. (Instagram/Kris Aquino)

Kris Aquino has been included in Pulse Asia’s list of top senatorial bets in a survey this September despite her refusal to run in the first place.

She was not included in the survey last March and June but was 22nd next to her cousin, Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV who landed in the 21st spot.

It was the first time that the two Aquino’s were included in the roster of candidates, which were the choices of 1,800 registered voters should the 2019 midterm polls happen today.

This lessened the chances of Senator Bam to be included the much-coveted Magic 12 because the votes were “divided” according to his camp.

Despite her public appearances and being involved in minor controversies, Kris had always been open on her refusal to enter public office unlike some of her relatives, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., her father, late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, her mother, and former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, her brother.

Family first for Kris

Kris stressed via Instagram post that she is not running for an post in 2019.

“Alam kong pumalpak ako in the past sa personal life so bumabawi ako ng bongga sa trabaho ko at sa pagsusumikap na maging mabuting ina. Because of this allow me to firmly say that i won’t seek any national elective post in 2019,” Kris said.

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(EDITED 3:53PM, Sunday, Sept 23) i’ve taken pride in my professionalism, my 100% honesty about financial dealings, and my total respect for endorsement contracts. Direcho na- alam kong pumalpak ako in the past sa personal life so bumabawi ako ng bongga sa trabaho ko at sa pagsusumikap na maging mabuting ina. Because of this ALLOW ME TO FIRMLY SAY THAT I WON’T SEEK ANY NATIONAL ELECTIVE POST IN 2019. i am the only parent providing for the financial & emotional well being of Kuya Josh is in the autism spectrum & will need lifelong care, therapy & intervention; and my bunso, Bimb is only 11 years old. HINDI PO AKO TATAKBO PARA SA SENADO IN 2019. From the start i have OPENLY stated that several multinational & Philippine conglomerate contracts prevent me from any “divisive political participation, comments, or posts except when defending the honor of self, immediate family-meaning the memories of my parents, my siblings, and my sons.” It is unfair to my cousin @bamaquino that in this Pulse Asia poll an Aquino who has stated many times that SHE won’t run for the senate in 2019 had to be included… SUPER CLEAR STATEMENT & w/ zero room for misinterpretation.??❤️?? In the 6 weeks that i quietly suffered because of financial abuse & betrayal we uncovered being done to me by someone i had complete trust & faith in, not to mention the millions he earned from running KCAP & negotiating my endorsements- the stress, inability to eat & sleep properly caused my weight to drop to under 54 kilos. I apologize to all my endorsements & KCAP brand partners for paying the price of an unhealthy Kris Aquino struggling to again find her inner WARRIOR. I’ve asked 2 BRILLIANT legal minds- Atty Sig Fortun & Atty Florin Hilbay to take charge of my legal team in my quest for JUSTICE. i shall pray to stop blaming myself for being made a fool of, because it is a life lesson of knowing when & how much to trust,and how to place safeguards to protect myself & my business interests.

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Her current priority is to ensure the “financial and emotional well-being” of her two children, Joshua “Josh” Aquino, who had been diagnosed with autism, and James “Bimby” Yap, who is 11 years old.

She also added that it would be unfair to her cousin if she would go against him for a seat in the senatorial race.

“It is unfair to my cousin Bam Aquino that in this Pulse Asia poll an Aquino who has stated many times that she won’t run for the senate in 2019 had to be included… super clear statement and with zero room for misinterpretation,” the actress said.

Her decision not to run for public office was previously announced in a radio interview last June amid her public spat with Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Kris did not hold back for words when Uson compared Ninoy to President Rodrigo Duterte’s way with women. Duterte has since apologized on the matter.