Sen. Bam Aquino. INQUIRER.net file photo / CATHY MIRANDA
MANILA, Philippines — Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino on Friday said her cousin, celebrity and businesswoman Kris Aquino, has given her “100 percent support” to opposition senatorial candidates under the “Otso Diresto” banner.
According to him, Kris assured him of her support to the group via a text message following a recent senatorial debate. However, he added, Kris said could not openly campaign for Otso Diretso candidates because of terms stipulated in her contracts for various endorsements.
“After the debate, after maybe 30 minutes pagkatapos no’ng debate, Ate Kris sent word already, and she said ‘from Tokyo, Bam please tell everyone I have 100 percent support for you’,” Aquino said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.
“‘I have 100 percent support for you but because of my endorsements, I cannot come out in the usual way’,” he said, quoting Kris’ message.
Aquino believes that Kris’ support and endorsement of Otso Diretso senatorial bets would be a big boost for the group despite controversies being faced by Kris.
“I think Ate Kris’ support is definitely a big plus, anyone would be very happy to be supported by Ate Kris. Of course she is going through a lot of things, and I hope those things are resolved as fast as possible,” he said.
“But definitely it’s a plus, ask any candidate it would be a plus,” he added.
Recent surveys showed that from the eight bets of Otso Diretso, only Aquino and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas managed to enter the so-called Magic 12. Only 12 seats at the Senate are needed to be filled via the midterm elections on May 13.
The six other Otso Diretso candidates are Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, and former Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada.
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