Palace to Kris Aquino: Wel­come on board

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MALACAÑANG on Mon­day, April 23, was ec­static over a so­cial me­dia post by ac­tress and for­mer pres­i­den­tial sis­ter Kris Aquino on Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s land­slide win in the 2016 elec­tions.

Aquino’s post, which ended with an emoji of a fist bump, hinted of re­morse in en­dors­ing los­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. The fist bump is Duterte’s hand sign.

“Wel­come on board, Kris Aquino,” Roque said.

On Sun­day, April 22, Aquino vented her frus­tra­tions over the tele­vi­sion ex­po­sure of her for­mer hus­band, bas­ket­ball star James Yap, on “Rated K,” the mag­a­zine show of Roxas’s wife, broad­caster Ko­rina Sanchez.

In a lengthy post on her so­cial me­dia ac­counts, Aquino took a swipe at Roxas’s pres­i­den­tial bid as she felt slighted by Sanchez’s fea­ture story on Yap, which she de­scribed as a “slap to her face.”

She lamented that she cam­paigned for Roxas at the re­quest of her brother, then Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III, and at the risk of be­ing bashed.

“Sam­pal sa mukha ko ang in­i­l­abas na fea­ture ngay­ong gabi nung mi­sis ni Mar Roxas. (The fea­ture story that the wife of Mar Roxas aired on the night of April 22 is a slap to my face,” she said.

“Si PRRD la­hat nung pagkakataon na nagka­harap kami, mabuti ang pinakita sa kin. (PRRD - Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte - treated me with kind­ness)...Now it’s clear to me why Duterte won as pres­i­dent,” she added.

Duterte was pro­claimed win­ner in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions af­ter gar­ner­ing more than 16 mil­lion votes, a mar­gin of more than six mil­lion votes over Roxas, his clos­est ri­val.

Roque also af­firmed that Duterte has been kind to the Aquino fam­ily, es­pe­cially when he ex­pressed sup­port to 1987 Edsa Revo­lu­tion led by the late pres­i­dent Maria Co­ra­zon “Cory” Aquino.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte has not shown any­thing bad at her fam­ily,” he said.

“That’s what the Pres­i­dent had also told me. You know, the Pres­i­dent also sup­ported Cory dur­ing the (1986) Revo­lu­tion. And Pres­i­dent Duterte also sup­ported all cam­paigns of the Aquino fam­ily in Davao City,” the Palace of­fi­cial added. (Ruth Abbey Gita/ SunS­tar Philip­pines)

MANILA. Lawyers of Rap­pler Hold­ings Cor­po­ra­tion (RHC) at­tend the DOJ’s pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the tax eva­sion raps against RHC pres­i­dent Maria Ressa and trea­surer James Bi­tanga on Tues­day, April 24. (PNA)

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