Kris Aquino Mulls Running For Local Government Post; Says She Has The Right To Run For Public OfficeWith the amount of taxes she pays yearly, Kris Aquino said she has every right to seek a position of power.
As the biggest taxpayer in the country, the youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino 3rd refused to heed the request of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for her not to create a political dynasty.
"Okay. Deadmabels. Sa laki ng buwis na ibinabayad ko, may karapatan ako."
Aquino, who will soon be taking a leave from showbiz after a controversy involving her and ex-husband James Yap, earlier admitted she is planning to seek a local posting in 2016.
Unlike her brother who sought a congressional seat immediately, Aquino said she prefers to follow her late father's, former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino 2nd, footsteps and run for mayor of a city.
She is still thinking where she would seek such posting.
It definitely wouldn't be Makati City, where she stays now, because she cannot beat the Binays. Aquino said she is in the process of choosing the city she wants to lead.
A candidate has to be a resident of the city he/she plans to represent for at least two years. Since the elections will be in 2016, Aquino still has three years to prepare herself.
Her family's constituents in Tarlac, where they hailed, are already courting the TV host-actress to run as mayor of the city.
Aquino said she is still weighing her options. She appealed to her critics not to judge her decision to run for a local post since there are still three years for her to finally decide.
"Ang tagal-tagal pa [ng 2016], three years, di nga tayo sure kung buhay pa tayo in three years so huwag muna sila mag-judge."
For now, Aquino is arming herself with the right knowledge on how to properly run a city. She was impressed with how Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog developed their cities.
"Sinabi ko, 'Kung puwede, mag-two weeks, two weeks sa inyo para naman makita ko talaga kung kaya ko."
"So I will try that kasi parang kailangan kong makita kung kaya ko and [see if] I have what it takes to become a public servant."
Aquino denied accusations of vote-buying. Reports said she gave P1,000 to a rent-a-car driver after finding out that he will be voting for Chiz Escudero, Grace Poe and Bam Aquino--the three candidates the TV host-actress is endorsing.
She was also recently seen with Dingdong Dantes campaigning for her cousin, Bam, in a soiree in Iloilo City.
"Yung mga taong naninira na 'yan, wala nang magawa sa buhay nila. They were so inggit kasi hindi ko sila kinakampanya, sorry."
Bam also went into defense for her more popular cousin. He said Aquino is really just that generous that she gives unusual "tips" to anyone.
Currently, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) imposed a "money ban." This means no one can withdraw more than P100,000 from their respective banks until after the elections on May 13.
The commission also prohibits carrying P500,000 in cash.
After the elections on Monday, Aquino is expected to take a six-week vacation with her sons, Josh and Bimby.
Josh, her son with actor Philip Salvador, will be undergoing treatment abroad.