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Actress Kris Aquino, youngest sister of leading Presidentiable bet Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino shrugged off what she called "assaults" on her, including the currently popular Facebook page called "Kris Aquino's Despedida Group," which now has 10,865 members since it was created about three days ago by Maye Mariano. The group is based on a supposed promise Kris made on TV in March to leave the country and just work for The Filipino Channel in the US should she prove to be a liability to her brother Noynoy's presidency.
In a text message to YES! and Pep.ph editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon on May 13, she said, "During the entire campaign it was a non stop assault on me as a person, a mother & a sister. Well they didn't succeed then & w/ the love & support of my sisters & my brother they won't succeed now."
She started her message to PEP.ph with "Hello Jo-ann from Boracay. Slept 14 hours, now watching baby james & josh swim in the villa pool that faces the sea..." and confirmed that "Yes, I am leaving for a Disney vacation abroad w/ my kids but after Pilipinas Got Talent & my obligation to KTM [Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo] finishes. I will be gone for at least 3 weeks then to give my kids the vacation we postponed last year because of mom's [the late Pres. Cory Aquino] deteriorating health. I will be back on SNN on Monday, May 17."
"Bakit ako papatol sa mga talunan na bitter ngayon?" she texted The Philippine Star's Ricky Lo, "If you review my interview, I had told Noy na kung makakabigat lang ako sa kanya sa presidency nya, then by all means I'd gladly take my kids abroad and not to be a burden...But Noy said itigil na raw ang ka-dramahan. I also have Noy's text to all of us his sisters thanking us because of all we sacrificed for him he was battered mercilessly but we stood firm with him and I campaigned tirelessly.
"Noy has been vocal in telling family and friends that I'm his 'lucky charm.' I worked to help my brother win, fulfilling a deathbed promise I made to our Mom and it seems apparent that I was effective. I was also taught by Mom to not be vindictive or to seek revenge. So in the same way that Noy drew strength from us, I'll continue to draw strength from my sisters and my brother."
Then she added, "Alangan namang sagutin ko, Tito Ricky, na mamatay kayo sa inggit dahil panalo ang kapatid ko? We did what we did in solidarity as a family and because Mom brought us up to be there for each other. I refuse na apak-apakan ako even after Noy's victory, kaya lang di naman puwedeng magmalaki because ako lang ang magmumukhang mayabang."
Meanwhile, performance artist, celebrity tour guide and popular Tweeter Carlos Celdran wrote on his Facebook page on May 13:
"Carlos Celdran is reminding you all to go join @iamkrisaquino Despedida! Haha. I actually heard that Kris tried going after the creator of the FB Page (which probably explains the Description Part). Hoy. Kristeta. Chill out. It's just for fun and they are just kids. Smile naman. It's only 3 days after elections. No drama muna please. Tranquila por favor."
"Despedida" page creator Maye Mariano wrote, "This page was created purely out of fun. I have nothing against Kris Aquino. Let's all move on shall we? This is just a page. Get over."