Kris won’t ditch political ambition

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LIPA City: Kris Aquino is not dropping her plans to join politics despite the advice earlier of a priest that she forget her ambition to become a mayor or a governor.

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The youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino 3rd told reporters that she has volunteered to train under two city mayors—Sarah Duterte-Carpio of Davao and Jed Patrick Mabilo of Iloilo.

Kris has been joining the campaign sorties of Team PNoy senatorial candidates. She pitched for her cousin, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th, during the Rock the Vote concert here which pushes for greater voter participation in polls.

“As I went around the country for the campaign trail, I would say that the places that made a mark would be Davao City and Iloilo City. I would like an OJT (on-the-job training) with those mayors [leading the said cities], Mayors Duterte and Jed. I volunteered to have an OJT with them so I can evaluate myself if I can do it, if I have what it takes to be a good public servant,” she said.

Kris, a mother of two, earlier admitted that she may either run for mayor of a city in Metro Manila or for governor in Tarlac. Her announcement prompted Fr. Melvin Castro of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life to advise Kris to show some delicadeza by not running.

“Without prejudging her intentions and capability, I do believe simple delicadeza dictates that the family carrying the surname that was catapulted into power by a political revolution should set an example of not perpetuating themselves in power,” the priest said.

But Kris is likely to ignore the priest’s advice.

“2016 is a long time. I am not even sure if I will still be alive by then. They should hold their judgment,” she said.

Kris is actively campaigning for Senators Francis Escudero, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd and Grace Poe-Llamanzares, former chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

Kris’ political career, however, would have to wait since she will be taking a two-month vacation with sons Bimby and Josh after the May 13 election.

“I am taking a break from June until August. I want to spend time with my kids, travel with them, but the priority is [medical]treatment for Josh,” she explained.

 Llanesca T. Panti

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