Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd did not join his siblings in commemorating the 36th death anniversary of their father, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. because he is sick, Kris Aquino said on Wednesday.
“He’s not okay. I’m not at liberty to say what’s wrong with him because that’s up to him. These three years have been tough on him,” Kris said.
The actress defended her brother, despite being told not to speak on his behalf.
“But now I am speaking on his behalf because he is not here, and he cannot stop me. He was a good man who did good work for the economy.
He was a good man na hindi nagnakaw sa bayan (who did not steal). He was a good man who maintained humility,” she added.
Kris, the youngest of the Aquino siblings, said her brother would not have missed the event if he was well.
“The very fact na (that) he’s not here today, he’s not okay. And maybe now he needs you. and he would never tell you na hindi siya okay (that he’s not okay),” Kris said.
She lamented that the former president took all criticisms and lies spread about him to heart.
“So sasabihin ko sa kanilang lahat, kung hindi niyo siya tigilan, ako ang makakatapat ninyo (If you don’t stop, you will have me to deal with). Give the guy a break because he did you no harm,” she said.
Members of the Aquino family and their supporters commemorated the former senator’s 36th death anniversary on Wednesday at the Manila Memorial Park and Crematory in Parañaque City.
Former senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th urged the public to remember Aquino Jr.
“Hindi po siya nawalan ng pag-asa dahil hindi po naubos yung kanyang pagmamahal sa taong bayan (He did not lose his hope because he did not lose his love for the people),” he said.
Also present in the celebration were former Social Welfare secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, former Budget secretary Florencio “Butch“ Abad, former Transportation secretary Ramon Jimenez, Former Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin, and former senators Rene Saguisag, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and Antonio Trillanes 4th.