Kris Aquino expressed her unwavering support to her brother, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, amidst the barrage of criticisms being hurled against him.
As it is, PNoy has been drawing flak for the bloody January 25 Mamasapano clash between the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerillas.
Kris, on the other hand, never failed to defend PNoy against his critics ever since he failed to attend the arrival honors for the slain PNP-SAF commandos last January 29.
She got so affected by the negative feedback against her brother that she even went so far as unfollowing some of her fellow celebrities on Instagram at one point.
In the February 12 episode of Aquino and Abunda Tonight, the Queen of All Media stated once again that she and her siblings remain strong despite the problems that PNoy is currently dealing with.
“I just want to say thank you to my siblings.
“We've proven, I think, to each other yung binilin ng mom [the late President Corazon Aquino] na, ‘Come what may, be there for each other. Huwag niyo pababayaan ang isa't isa.’
“Napatunayan natin ‘yon.
"And ang pinaka-proud ako siguro, I have grown not only to love each of you more but to respect you more and to wish to be like you even more,” she stated.
Incidentally, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago strongly criticized PNoy during the third Senate hearing for the Mamasapano clash yesterday, February 12.
The feisty lady senator insisted that PNoy be held accountable together with suspended PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima and sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas for the disastrous operation.
“Certainly, this was all part of the discharge by the President of his functions as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.
“I am naming President Aquino because I don't think it serves public interest to fudge the issue—to never mention his name as if he were some sacred cow.
“I don't think he needs my protection. He can stand for himself,” Senator Santiago reiterated in a press briefing after the Senate hearing.