The Aquino sisters Kris, Ballsy and Pinky defended their brother, President Benigno Aquino III, from the criticisms he received after attending the Christmas party of his Presidential Security Group (PSG) on Sunday evening, just a day after typhoon Sendong ravaged Cagayan de Oro City and nearby provinces.
“Siguro hindi niyo maiaalis sa amin na sabihin namin na it's not like he doesn't care. Give me a break, ‘di ba? Siyempre pangulo siya ng Pilipinas at mahal niya ang ating mga kababayan. So siyempre, gagawin naman niya ang lahat,” Kris said on her show “Kris TV,” as quoted on abs-cbnnews.com, on Monday.
The TV host related that the president was with the family on Saturday night, but “was constantly on the phone monitoring everything.”
Kris, together with Kapamilya actors Angel Locsin and Vice Ganda, is scheduled to fly to CDO today to help the victims.
She lamented, "Sana huwag napakabilis ng batikos kasi napakaraming ahensiya ang nagtatrabaho na. It's just that a president is not like you or me na we can hop on a plane and go there because there are a lot of national concerns.”
Ballsy said that the president has plans of visiting the devastated areas as well.
“Alam mo kapag pangulo ka, hindi ura-urada ay gagawin mo 'yon at saka titignan [mo] lahat. Pero narinig ko na pinag-uusapan na ng PSG at PMS (Presidential Management Staff) kung ano ang gagawin,” she said.
Speaking about the Christmas party in question, Ballsy said that it has already been scheduled a long time ago. She explained that it’s an annual tradition, adding, “It's time to thank them for always being there. At saka alam naman nating lahat na binibigay nila ang buhay nila para mapangalagaan ang Pangulo. At talagang nasa Constitution na dapat mapangalagaan ang Pangulo. Kung ‘di man sa Constitution, there's some law.”
“Siyempre, may mga masasamang nangyayari at may malungkot, but then, life should go on. Hindi naman pwedeng huminto na lang ang buhay at magmukmok na lang tayo,” said she.
For her part, Pinky said, “Pinaghahandaan niya [PNoy] ang pagdating niya, ayaw niyang makagulo nang ganoon. So as early as Saturday, alam na natin na Tuesday ilalatag nila lahat. Sana ay hindi siya makaabala doon sa government agencies na talagang working hard to save as many lives as possible.”
By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA