Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Oh no, not another Aquino.
A Catholic priest on Monday said Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister Kris should forget about her supposed plan to seek an elective post in 2016 out of "delicadeza" (sense of propriety).
Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said that instead of going into politics, the TV personality should set an example by not perpetuating a political dynasty.
"Without prejudging her intentions and capability, I believe simple delicadeza dictates that the family carrying the surname that was catapulted into power by a political revolution should set an example by not perpetuating themselves in power," said Castro, who serves the Diocese of Tarlac, the province of the Aquino family.
Castro was reacting to a recent pronouncement by Kris Aquino that she planned to run for governor of Tarlac in 2016.
"[Given their family history], they should be the first ones not to create a political dynasty," the priest told reporters in an interview on Monday.
Kris Aquino appeared to have made her announcement in response to former CBCP president Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz's call that she clarify whether or not she had plans to enter politics in 2016.
Cruz had said that the reports he received from "credible sources within the administration" were to the effect that Kris planned to run for vice president.
The Palace had dismissed Cruz, although his name was not mentioned, as a "rumourmonger" for urging Kris' camp to clarify reports of her plans to run as vice president.
In settling for the governorship of Tarlac, Kris said she had no plans of seeking a national post just yet since she had no track record to speak of.
Cruz said that if Kris were to pursue her political plans, she had a big chance of winning.
"She's an actress and Filipino voters in general love actors, like Lito Lapid," he said, referring to the action star now senator, a silent fixture in the Senate.