“Queen of all media” Kris Aquino on Saturday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for acknowledging that late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was the person behind the killing of her father, late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.
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Kris thanks Duterte for acknowledging Marcos behind Ninoy’s death
(Philstar.com) - August 4, 2019 - 5:10pm

MANILA, Philippines — “Queen of all media” Kris Aquino on Saturday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for acknowledging the person behind the killing of her father, late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.

“Thank you for acknowledging our family’s loss, and who was behind it. Salamat, Mr. President,” Aquino wrote on Twitter.

The former TV host cited Duterte’s Friday remarks that her mother late President Cory Aquino was only popular because she lost her husband “in the hands of Mr. Marcos” referring to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“Kasi may quote po si PRRD na nakitaan ko ng katotohanan ang kaniyang mga nabitawang salita. (Because PRRD has a quote which I found truthful) Direct quote ‘Cory Aquino may be popular, she is popular today. Why? For losing the husband in the hands of Mr. Marcos,’” she said.

READ: Duterte: Cory is popular for losing husband

Ninoy’s death paved way for the 1986 EDSA Revolution that led to the ouster of Marcos as well as the presidential bid of Cory.

Duterte is known to admire Marcos. In May, he praised the former strongman for his supposed contributions to the country citing the building of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center and Manila’s Light Rail Transit system.

READ: Duterte praises Marcos anew

The president also approved Marcos' hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2016.

In a Twitter thread, Kris posted a video paying tribute to her mother as a response to Duterte’s remark. She used the background music “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” which she said was her father’s favorite song.

"I still admire your authenticity President Duterte, but please allow a daughter to speak through this post?" Kris wrote. 

"Kasi po sa maraming magandang narinig ko mula mismo sa mga Duterte supporters & members of government patungkol po sa inyo, lahat sila sinasabi, nagu-umapaw ang pagmamahal ninyo po sa inyong mommy, si Nanay Soling. Pareho po tayo, I love my mom with all my heart," she added.

(Because I heard so many good things from Duterte supporters and members of the government about you, all of them send that you have an overwhelming love for your mother, Nanay Soling. We're the same. I love my mom with all my heart.)

The video was posted days after the Aquino family marked the 10th death anniversary of Cory.

— Rosette Adel

CORY AQUINO FERDINAND MARCOS KRIS AQUINO NINOY AQUINO RODRIGO DUTERTE
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