MANILA, Philippines - Queen of All Media Kris Aquino stands by her brother, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, amid the surge of reactions he received for criticizing someone many believed to be "TV Patrol" co-anchor Noli De Castro at the recently held silver anniversary celebration of the news program.
Apparently keeping her trademark loquaciousness at bay, the TV host-actress shared her two cents on the issue via Twitter on July 30, when a follower expressed her hope that PNoy "would give media freedom" similar to what their father, Benigno Aquino, Jr., "would've wanted," noting that the former senator himself was part of the press (he worked as a war correspondent for the Manila Times).
Kris, who only learned about the issue last Saturday, deemed that the chief executive is also entitled to freedom of expression like any ordinary citizen.
"@NinaBellatrix1 hi Nina. Prayed be4 I replied to make sure I don't tweet the wrong thing. My issues r so trivial in comparison to PNoy. PNoy is our president & I do believe the majority of our people feel he's doing a great job. Maybe he just like anybody else has the right to defend himself & express his opinion? Freedom of speech is a 2 way street right?" she said.
However, another netizen commented that though PNoy has a right to defend himself, "it was just inappropriate for the occasion. It was uncalled for."
To which Kris responded, "that's y we live in a DEMOCRACY. Our president is free to express himself & so r u. Good night."
When a follower directly sought for her reaction regarding PNoy's statements at the "TV Patrol" event, Kris declined to indulge.
"@redvanilla04 gusto mo lang akong mapa-away... Good night. Love, peace, & harmony," she said.
In his speech, PNoy, the guest of honor at the occasion, took a swipe at one of the core personalities of the long-running Kapamilya news program for being critical of the government. Although he did not directly name his subject, PNoy did refer to him as a government official who served for six years. He also quoted Noli's famous line, "Magandang gabi, bayan" at one point.
Under the Arroyo administration, Noli held the vice-presidential post from 2004 to 2010.
Noli remains mum on the issue.