MANILA Known for being the most tactless of all the brightest stars in the Philippine showbiz, it’s no wonder that she’s also one of the most honest actors in tinsel town.
Kris Aquino, the presidential sister, talk-show host, and award-winning actress, swears she’s not ready to enter politics.
Always a maverick and regarded as the black sheep in the Cojuangco-Aquino clan, said to be the Philippines’ royal family equivalent to the Kennedys of America, Aquino always makes good copy, whatever comes out of her mouth.
She has not minced words in criticizing other actors and political personalities, and even revealed to the public the most intimate nature of her tumultuous relationships with men.
But one thing that you would respect her for is her intelligence and being an independent woman. She always knows what she wants, and works hard to achieve it, and even approaches issues head-on.
To begin with, she’s one of the few members of the fabled clan to have worked hard and earned her own keep outside the family business empire, never mind if she didn’t have to do it. She’s also a single mother to two boys, after having a string of bad relationships with actors, politicians, and sportsmen, much to the chagrin at first of her late mother, the former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, and her brother, the country’s current president, Benigno Aquino III.
The most current issue with her that everyone is watching, however, is whether she would enter politics soon, owing to her ABS-CBN contract that is about to conclude and to her family background and mercurial popularity among the masses.
“If she ran for senator, she would surely win by a landslide even without campaigning,” one political commentator once said.
In a recent interview with showbiz scribe Cristy Fermin, however, Aquino swears that she doesn’t know whether to negotiate with her home network’s bigwigs on the renewal of her five-year contract, which expires in January 2014.
One thing she knows for sure, however, is that she still wants to continue earning full-time for another two to three years, in order to set aside enough money for her two children, Josh and Bimby.
She is more concerned with Josh, her son by the much-older-than-her, award-winning actor Philip Salvador who is a special child. “Bimby will be able to take care of himself someday,” she said, “so it’s more for Josh.” Bimby is her son by the basketball player James Yap.
Aquino said she believes in what her late mother told her that politics is a matter of destiny. She keeps everyone guessing, therefore, whether she would be joining the political fray come 2016, the next major Philippine election.
But as of now, let’s take her word for it—that she’s not sure about becoming a politician yet.
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