If there's one thing that Kris Aquino learned after her spat with Assistant Secretary for Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Mocha Uson, it's that she found out who her real friends are.
The Queen of All Media and Mocha's feud started when the latter dragged the name of Kris' father Ninoy Aquino to an issue involving President Rodrigo Duterte. A clip of Pres. Duterte surfaced, with him kissing a woman in South Korea. Mocha then compared it to a clip of the late senator Aquino being kissed by women moments before his 1983 assassination.
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At a media huddle right after the press conference for her upcoming movie "I Love You, Hater," Kris was asked if the issue made her realize who her real friends are, since it was also definitely political.
She answered, "It gave me insights about who will be there come what may."
The "Feng Shui" actress shared that there are those friends who are almost the same age as her, like comedienne-actress Pokwang, who definitely is behind her all they way. But Kris took time to appreciate the younger generation of celebrities that also expressed support.
First, she mentioned Kapamilya actresses Kim Chiu and Erich Gonzales. She said, "I just have to praise them, [nung] wala akong silbi sa buhay nila, they have consistently been there. That's why alam niyong lahat, and I will really make sure to do everything for Kim and Erich."
"Alam niyo na ganun 'yung pagmamahal ko dun sa dalawa. Sila pa ang concerned parati. Sila 'yung una talaga. Itong dalawang 'to, sabi ko, wow may natanim pala talaga ako with them," she continued.
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Kris added that she also took comfort in people like her who have gone through the same thing, such as with "Araw Gabi" actor JM de Guzman, who also faced issues and controversies before.
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Kris also took time to thank ex-celebrity couple Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin.
She shared, "I also have to say na I owe Luis Manzano an apology. Kasi, nag-Team Angel ako. Pero Luis and I had a really good talk. Siyempre hindi niyo maiaalis, babae ako 'di ba?And Angel also is a very special part of my life. And I was instrumental sa pagbabalikan nila."
Kris also shared a nugget of wisdom she learned from Luis, saying, "[He] made me realize that in every love story, there is 'his' version and 'her' version. And both can be happy with other people. And in a better place with other people."
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Kris is also thankful for the support of celebrity husband and wife, Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano. "'Yung dalawang inaanak ko sa kasal. Si Toni and si Direk Paul. Kasi pareho kaming ninang at ninong ni Bong Go sa kasal."
Bong Go is President Duterte’s Special Assistant, who sent his apologies to Kris after Mocha's controversial post.
Kris continued, "Pero marunong sila (Toni and Paul). Kasi there's playing it safe, and staying in the middle. But there's also compassion so bilib ako dun sa dalawa."
Kris believes that other celebrities who also expressed their support, somehow did relate to her experiences.
"I think I struck a chord not because of her (Mocha), but because every single person who is a celebrity has been a victim of bullying in one form on another," she said.
"Everyone who has faced this camera and opened up their lives, naka-experience ng bashing. I'm old enough and siguro I've seen enough to know, that was not about me, that was also about what they've been through. And I was just a symbol na yes, you can make a stand, there is nothing with defending yourself," she continued and added, "I think napakita ko rin sa kanila na you choose kung sinong kakalabanin mo and you choose kung hanggang saan. You fight with facts. 'Yun lang 'yun."
Kris stars with Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto in "I Love You Hater," which will open in cinemas July 11.
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