KRIS WANTS OJT (ON-THE-JOB TRAINING) W/ MAYORS OF 'BONGGANG' CITIES


LIPA, BATANGAS, MAY 10, 2013 (ABS-CBN) by Reyma Buan-Deveza - Queen of All Media Kris Aquino has reacted to a statement by a Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official that she should not join politics out of delicadeza.

In an interview on Wednesday during a "Rock the Vote" concert here where she campaigned for her cousin, Bam Aquino, Kris said it's too early for people to judge her.

"Ang tagal tagal pa [ng 2016], 3 years, di nga tayo sure kung buhay tayo in 3 years so huwag muna sila mag-judge," she said.

The actress-host previously said she's thinking of running in Tarlac, her late parents' home province.

Kris said she is planning to seek the help of local officials who can teach and train her in government service.

"After making ikot, I've seen bonggang cities, in particular, tumatak sa akin ang Davao City and Iloilo City. Naramdaman ko that I would like OJT, on-the-job training with those mayors.

"Vinolunteer ko sarili ko talaga kay [Davao City Vice] Mayor [Rodrigo] Duterte at kay [Iloilo City] Mayor Jed [Mabilog] ng Iloilo. 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," she said.

Fr. Melvin Castro of the CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said last Monday Kris should stay away from politics in order to keep the integrity of the Aquino name.

“Without prejudging her intentions and capability, however, I do believe simple delicadeza dictates that the family carrying the surname that was catapulted into power by a political revolution should set an example of not perpetuating themselves in power,” said Castro.

“The Aquinos should be the first ones not to create a political dynasty,” he added.

Kris' late mother, Corazon, was brought to power after the people power revolution against the Marcos dictatorship in February 1986.

Meantime, Kris said she will take a break from showbiz after the May 13 elections.

As previously announced, Kris said she and her sons will be going abroad. She will seek treatment for her eldest child, Joshua.

"I'm taking a break...Kapag nagbabakasyon si Bimbi kasi, ang bakasyon niya starts June until August. I'm taking Josh for some treatment at mayroon kaming test na gagawin in July at nag-promise ako sa anak ko ng 6 weeks na diretso na kami lang, just 3 of us traveling around...Priority is the check-up of Josh," Kris said.

Priest tells Kris: Stay away from politics By Evelyn Macairan, The Philippine Star Posted at 05/07/2013 9:36 AM | Updated as of 05/07/2013 1:11

MANILA, Philippines - Should presidential sister and talk show host Kris Aquino pursue a political career?

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday said she should not for the sake of delicadeza.

Reacting to reports that the 42-year-old celebrity was contemplating on running for governor of Tarlac in 2016, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro said that while he does not intend to judge the capability of Aquino, he believes that she should continue to stay away from politics to keep the integrity of her family name.

“Without prejudging her intentions and capability, however, I do believe simple delicadeza dictates that the family carrying the surname that was catapulted into power by a political revolution should set an example of not perpetuating themselves in power,” said Castro, who coincidentally belongs to the Diocese of Tarlac.

“The Aquinos should be the first ones not to create a political dynasty,” he added.

The assassination of Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. in August 1983 prompted his wife Corazon to run for president in the 1986 snap elections against then incumbent President Ferdinand Marcos.

The reported tampering of election results by the Marcos camp triggered the people power revolution in February 1986 that forced Marcos to abdicate the presidency.

After 24 years, Corazon’s only son was also elected president after serving for three years as senator.

Meanwhile, Castro will preside over a Mass in Intramuros, Manila Monday evening for peaceful and successful elections on May 13.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Say no to dynasty, Kris Aquino told Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:18 am | Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Oh no, not another Aquino.

A Catholic priest on Monday said President Aquino’s youngest sister Kris should forget about her supposed plan to seek an elective post in 2016 out of “delicadeza” (sense of propriety).

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said that instead of going into politics, the TV personality should set an example by not perpetuating a political dynasty.

“Without prejudging her intentions and capability, I believe simple delicadeza dictates that the family carrying the surname that was catapulted into power by a political revolution should set an example by not perpetuating themselves in power,” said Castro, who serves the Diocese of Tarlac, the province of the Aquino family.

Castro was reacting to a recent pronouncement by Kris Aquino that she planned to run for governor of Tarlac in 2016.

“[Given their family history], they should be the first ones not to create a political dynasty,” the priest told reporters in an interview on Monday.

Kris Aquino appeared to have made her announcement in response to former CBCP president Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz’s call that she clarify whether or not she had plans to enter politics in 2016.

Cruz had said that the reports he received from “credible sources within the administration” were to the effect that Kris planned to run for vice president.

Malacañang had dismissed Cruz, although his name was not mentioned, as a “rumormonger” for urging Kris’ camp to clarify reports of her plans to run as vice president.

In settling for the governorship of Tarlac, Kris said she had no plans of seeking a national post just yet since she had no track record to speak of.

Cruz said that if Kris were to pursue her political plans, she had a big chance of winning.

“She’s an actress and Filipino voters in general love actors, like Lito Lapid,” he said, referring to the action star now senator, a silent fixture in the Senate.—Jocelyn R. Uy


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