MANILA, Philippines -- Just weeks after announcing her resignation from her TV shows, host-actress Kris Aquino is reportedly planning to enter the political arena, a well-known bishop said.
According to a report published by CBCP News on Tuesday, Archbishop Oscar Cruz revealed that Kris, the youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III, is being groomed to run for vice president in 2016.
“Formerly it was only in whispers now it has become more commonly said and heard that the youngest sister of the president of the republic will also run as vice-president of the republic come 2016,” Cruz said.
Cruz said Kris is being tapped to be the running mate of former senator and now Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections.
“Those concerned better address this matter. If it’s not true then they should say it so that it will stop once and for all but if there is silence, that means there is consent,” Cruz stressed.
Cruz clarified that he has nothing against Kris running for vice president and even said that Kris have a great chance of beating other hopefuls if ever.
“She’s an actress and the Filipino electorate in general likes actors and actresses. Like (Senator) Lito Lapid,” he said.
But Cruz said Kris should address the issue now since the rumors about her candidacy began circulating last January.
“The thing is I say this as of today because tomorrow they might say no more. So I’m not saying that she will do it in 2016, I’m just saying that up to now, this is what is being said,” Cruz said.
In 2010, Kris had said that she plans to join politics after the term of her brother expires in 2016.
“I feel naman na bilang isang Aquino, whatever political career I hope to have in the future, it has to start in Tarlac,” she said, adding that she wants to follow in the footsteps of Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos.
Kris is currently vacationing abroad with sons Joshua and James "Bimby" Yap Jr. and is expected to return to the country on Friday.
Although she has announced her resignation from her shows on ABS-CBN, she later said she will finish her commitments to the network, which includes staying on as a judge on the reality show "Pilipinas Got Talent," which begins its live quarterfinal rounds on Saturday, April 6.
Kris is also expected to meet with network executives when she returns.
The "KrisTV" host is also expected to attend a court hearing on April 8 on the temporary protection order she filed against former husband, basketball player James Yap.