Pimentel advises Kris to concentrate on her domestic problem

June 24, 2010 9:56 pm 

MANILA, June 24 – Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel on Thursday advised Kris Aquino-Yap, youngest sister of President-elect Noynoy Aquino, to concentrate on her marital problem rather than meddle into political matters.

Pimentel made his comment in reaction to alleged reports that Kris, a popular television host and actress, has been lobbying supports for the Senate presidency bid of Senator Francis Pangilinan, husband of megastar Sharon Cuneta.

”I do know if that is true. I heard that it was denied but Kris is now in the throes of a marriage problem so it might be better to concentrate on that rather than dab into political matters,” Pimentel told the media at the weekly Kapihan sa Senado forum.

Kris is married to basketball superstar James Yap but their marriage has been rocked by controversy following reports about alleged girlfriends of Yap.

Pimentel also said that unless the Liberal Party members will put their acts together by reconciling their two aspirants, former Senate President Manny Villar will have a good chance of reclaiming his former post.

”Manny Villar has apparently solid support. Maybe not enough to get 13 votes but the base votes that he has, is there standing up for him,” Pimentel said.

The other two aspirants for Senate president are Pangilinan and former Senate President Franklin Drilon, both from the Liberal Party.

”It will be a contest between whoever winds up as the candidate of the Liberal Party and Manny Villar,” he added.

Pimentel, however, is expecting that whoever wins as Senate president, the upper chamber should not give up its role to be the fiscalizer in the next administration of President Noynoy Aquino.

”When the time comes when the people want redress for their grievances, the Senate will still be there for them,” the veteran lawmaker said.

Pimentel said he does not discount a possibility that other contenders may take the Senate presidency but “whether they can swing it, will actually be seen on the numbers that they can mobilize behind them.”

So far, neither Liberal Party nor Villar, the defeated presidential candidate, has been assured of required 13 votes to get the Senate top post.

In other development, Pangilinan belied reports that there is infighting within the Liberal Party, saying the party is working closely with each other in fielding its bet for Senate President in the 15th Congress.

"You don't hear us slinging mud at each other. There is no fight between us. Frank and I worked closely together during the electoral campaign. As Senate slate campaign manager, I campaigned heavily for Frank as much as I did for the rest of the LP Senate slate,” Pangilinan said in a press statement.

In a radio interview, Drilon said he would respect what ever the decision of the Liberal on who will they will field for the Senate top position. (PNA)

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