- Paolo Duterte posted on his Facebook account making fun of the EDSA People Power and directly mentioned Kris Aquino
- Kris Aquino remained calm and responded with an invitation for Paolo Duterte to talk to her
Since the presidential election which was almost two years ago, people have created a dichotomy between the former president, Noynoy Aquino and current president Rodrigo Duterte; affecting even their family members.
This once again manifested last February 20 when Paolo Duterte posted on Facebook a picture of Cory Aquino during the EDSA People Power, 32 years ago with a sentence that reads: “The commemoration of EDSA is a reminder of a broken promise 30 years since. 2 Aquinos and the corruption that prevailed.”
And in the caption, he purposefully mentioned an Aquino and wrote: “Sorry Krissy ha, wag magdrama” and proceeded to tell her to play PS4. He finished with an added hashtag saying #eatshitanddie.
On February 26, Kris finally replied via an Instagram post.
This is a message to @pd375 on IG, @vicemayorpulongduterteofficial on FB… you mentioned me in your post by name & i feel it is only proper to reply. Sorry Paolo (you called me Krissy so i’m taking the liberty of calling you Paolo)- i don’t know how to play PS4.? But in this instance i’m not my mother’s daughter, but instead my father’s- who believed that everything could be worked out through face to face dialogue… So here goes: May i invite you to have coffee (i endorse Nespresso) or we can have a San Mig (i’ve endorsed them too & i’m cool w/ the lemon flavored) if that is your preference… you have my word hindi ako “mag da-drama” pag nagkaharap na tayo… To the best of my knowledge we have never actually met or been personally introduced. It is actually only Kitty your Dad, our president, had introduced me to, way back 8 years ago when i was just campaigning for my brother… i have no agenda other than the desire for you to personally get to know me & vice versa… Too much bad blood has already been manufactured between our families… We have the chance to hear each other out. Para sa mga nagtataka kung bakit ko ‘to ginagawa- because i’d rather have tried & reached out & possibly be rejected than regret not making a move when i saw an opportunity to open communication lines. Kung tanggihan mo ko, Paolo- i shall respect that. Nasa pamilya nyo ang kapangyarihan at ang buong lakas ng gubyerno at kapulisan ng Pilipinas- kaya sino naman nga ba ako? Hihiram ako ng linya kay Julia Roberts from Notting Hill (but of course rewriting it to suit our particular situation): i’m just a girl, unfortunately not standing in front of a boy, but doing it via social media- asking him to give getting to know her personally a chance… I shall await your decision & pray that my effort won’t be snubbed. ??
The post contains a quote saying: “I would rather be “annoyingly” positive and optimistic than destructively negative and hateful.”
And on the caption, she directly reached out and tagged Paolo Duterte and said: “you mentioned me in your post by name & i feel it is only proper to reply. Sorry Paolo (you called me Krissy so i’m taking the liberty of calling you Paolo)- i don’t know how to play PS4.? “
She then continued, “But in this instance i’m not my mother’s daughter, but instead my father’s- who believed that everything could be worked out through face to face dialogue…”
Aquino then invited Paolo for either coffee (suggesting Nespresso which she endorses) or San Mig (which she also used to endorse) and promised him not to be dramatic once they meet in person.
She said she doesn’t recall ever being introduced to Paolo before and shared that it is only Veronica “Kitty” Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter whom she’s met personally 8 years ago during the campaign for her brother.
Aquino then clarified that she has no agenda other than the desire for him to personally get to know her and vice versa.
She continued and said: “Too much bad blood has already been manufactured between our families… We have the chance to hear each other out. Para sa mga nagtataka kung bakit ko ‘to ginagawa- because i’d rather have tried & reached out & possibly be rejected than regret not making a move when I saw an opportunity to open communication lines.”
Kris saw this as an opportunity to open communication lines because according to her she’d rather have tried and reached out with the possibility of rejection rather than regret not making a move.
At the end of the post, she noted that she shall respect it if Paolo refuses her invitation.
As of now, Duterte has not responded to Aquino’s invitation yet. The last time he was seen in public was when he flew to Macau and Hong Kong with siblings Sara, and Sebastian on Sunday, February 25 for the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance’s civic rally with the OFWs.