For the first time, Kris Aquino has broken her silence on the rumors that she is dating San Antonio, Nueva Ecija Councilor Renan Morales.
"Walang truth whatsoever," Kris said, without ifs and buts.
Renan is the son of businesswoman Rhodora Pascual Morales, producer of the TV special Trip Ni Kris, which had a one-time airing on GMA-7, Sunday night, April 9.
Kris was addressing ongoing reports linking her to San Antonio's “Besfren ng Bayan” and 2005 Ferrari Challenge Cup Asia car-racing champion Renan.
Speaking to Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon, editor in chief of Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph), on April 7, 2017, Kris expressed dismay at how events have played out in her work engagement with Renan and his mother Rhodora.
Kris admitted that she had kept her silence earlier because the special was yet to air. But now, with the romance rumors flying around about her and Renan, she was ready to burst.
"I swear, super na-delay ang bayad, isa yun.
“Ang press release nila, big time na big time sila."
As it happened, when on March 16, 2017, the Moraleses held a press conference at Club Filipino for the TV special they had hired Kris to host, they did so without Kris present.
“Nagpa-presscon sila para sa sarili nila," Kris said. "Sarili nila prinomote nila, not me."
Kris also made it clear that, beyond the Trip ni Kris special, she no longer had any connection to the Moraleses. "I have no involvement with them," she said flatly.
Turning even more categorical, Kris added, "Okay, super nagamit ako because the son wants to be vice-governor of Nueva Ecija.”
Kris told Jo-Ann quite frankly, “Super use-me-in-a-sentence talaga ang nangyari.”
Following the March 16 presscon, entertainment editor Salve Asis wrote, in Pang-Masa (April 1, 2017), a column titled "Anak ng produ ng Trip...Kris in love na raw sa car racer na ex ng mga sexy star."
Salve quoted veteran talent manager Lolit Solis—who was said to be quoting from a chat with "Madam Doray Morales"—saying that Renan was already courting Kris.
Salve also wrote, "Ito rin palang si Mister Renan ang nagpadala ng flowers and balloons kay Kris na ibinintang noon kay QC Mayor Herbert Bautista."
Just days after, The Manila Times (April 4, 2017) reported that Renan, in an early-March 2017 interview in Cabanatuan, had already told Celso Cajucom that Kris was "in love" with the councilor.
In Celso's article, titled "Councilor is Kris' new beau?," Renan's exact quote was: "She is in love with me!"
The article also said that Renan had been engaged to model Asia Anna Gomez, but that the engagement was over, in Celso's words, "after Kris came to his life."
PEP.ph (April 2, 2017) also carried a paragraph about the romance, after a source from Renan's camp hinted that a “mutual attraction” was growing between Renan and Kris.
Renan, an eight-time Formula 3 winner, had been linked in the past with actresses Andrea del Rosario and Juliana Palermo, sexy star Jeni Hernandez, and other celebrities.
Kris, talking about her current relationship status, told PEP.ph definitively, “I am not dating anybody.”
About Renan, Kris was equally direct, "That's why I changed my number. Kasi, sabi ko, ayaw ko nang makausap. Kasi na-turn off talaga ako."
When Jo-Ann, who had earlier gotten notice of Kris's new number, clarified, "Kaya ka nag-change ng number?"
Kris answered, again quite frankly, "Yes, na-yuck talaga ako. Talagang, oh my god, first and last!"
However, Kris—who knows her manners or her politics or both—did thank Rhodora Morales for having "the faith and the budget to produce #TripNiKris!"
The thank-you appeared with her Instagram video posted in the early-morning hours of April 10, today.
In the video, if Kris remained troubled by her experience, it did not show.
Remaining a pro, she promoted the TV special, which she said will appear on her Facebook on Easter Sunday.