MANILA, Philippines - Kris Aquino for vice president?
Malacañang would rather we leave the presidential sister alone.
The Palace downplayed rumors that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) is considering fielding the popular talk show host, and branded as "rumormonger" the archbishop who called on Aquino to reveal her political intentions for 2016.
"Some people, as they grow old, they become elder statesmen. Some people, when they grow old, they become rumormongers. I don't know why," said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday, April 3, referring to the outspoken 78-year-old church official.
"This is now 'Chikaminute,'" he said, referring in jest to the entertainment news segment of a TV network's primetime newscast.
Lacierda refused to comment on Aquino's alleged plans to run for office, saying he has "not discussed anything," with her. He appealed to the media to leave her alone.
"Let's allow Kris Aquino to live peacefully," he said. "She has made a decision right now to be at peace, to live quietly, so let’s allow her some space."
Aquino has left for Europe on vacation and requested for privacy after being caught in a controversy with her ex-husband James Yap, whom she accused of forcing himself on her. It is the latest in her scandal-filled relationships, which are largely publicized. Aquino is also known as backpedaling on her words, the latest of which is her supposed plan to quit showbiz.
On Tuesday, April 2, a report published on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, citing Cruz, claimed Aquino plans to be the running mate of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who will likely be the LP's standard bearer. In the article, Cruz also urged Aquino to be transparent about her plans.
The initial rumor has been met with criticisms on social media.
In response, Lacierda gave Cruz some advice: "I hope that the good bishop will not engage in chika (gossip)," he said.
Political camps are abuzz with rumors that the LP is considering getting either Aquino or Batangas Governor Vilma Santos as Roxas's running mate in 2016.
Aquino earlier said she would study governance once she leaves the show business. There were earlier reports that said Aquino will be running for governor of Tarlac in 2016. - Rappler.com