Kris on Herbert's reelection bid: 'I have no influence on him'

Glaiza Jarloc

KRIS Aquino clarified Saturday that she has nothing to do with Mayor Herbert Bautista's decision to run for re-election in Quezon City.

In her latest Instagram post, the television host uploaded a news article written by Patricia Lourdes Viray for PhilStar.com about Bautista not seeking a Senate seat in the 2016 elections.

In the interview, Bautista said that with much consideration, he would like to continue what he started in Quezon City.

He also said that Aquino asked him to seek a third term as city mayor.

"She also wants me to run for reelection. She told me that if I decide to run for the Senate, then she will also help me," Bautista was quoted as saying.

Aquino clarified that she had "never" asked Bautista to seek a third term as Quezon City mayor, saying she tried to veer away from politics because she does not want to be branded a "meddling sister."

She said that as early as December last year, Bautista had asked the Liberal Party (LP) to include him in its senatorial lineup.

"To directly quote PNoy (Aquino's brother, President Benigno Aquino III) 'He isn't turning down the offer. He asked to be included in the slate.' Obviously he had a change of heart," Aquino wrote.

Aquino said that it is because of her "tumultuous relationship" with Bautista that she severed her ties with Star Cinema, producer of their supposed 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival movie "All You Need is Pag-ibig," and put in jeopardy her 20-year solid working relationship with ABS-CBN.

Aquino said that she was ready to "mend fences" with the television network although their meeting set last Thursday was cancelled.

"I was told the meeting was cancelled and there was no longer any need to talk. My family understood that it was unresolved personal issues with the chosen leading man that made me so indecisive and we as a family were ready to apologize, talk and hopefully work things out- sadly the door was closed," she said.

Aquino said this is a painful lesson caused by a man she was briefly involved with.

The TV host apologized to her brother, President Benigno Aquino III and the administration party if Bautista's decision and statement caused conflict within the team.

"I humbly accept that the wrong choice of my heart has put into peril my work, but I am to blame for this. Hindi ko pinasa sa iba yung desisyon na ako naman mismo ang gumawa. You know me by now- kaya kong tanggapin lahat ng bira, 'wag lang ma involve ang mga kapatid o mga anak ko," she said.

Because of the issue, Aquino hinted that she will take a short break from social media.

"I'll just focus on putting the broken pieces of me back together again," she ended. (Sunnex)