DFA chief criticizes ex-US envoy Kristie Kenney for allegedly calling Cory Aquino "only a partial icon of democracy" on WikiLeaks
(SPOT.ph) Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has rebuked ex-US Ambassador Kristie Kenney’s alleged criticism of former President Corazon Aquino revealed through the whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks, reports GMA News. In cable 09MANILA1414, Kenney called Aquino "only a partial icon of democracy."
An excerpt from the WikiLeaks cable supposedly written by Kenney reads: "Aquino's credibility as a moral crusader was tarnished when she was seen with disgraced former President Estrada in protest movements against President Arroyo-even after she supported then-Vice President Arroyo's 2001 successful ’second people power’ revolt which ousted President Estrada." It went on to describe Aquino’s leadership as weak and marred by several coup attempts and allegations of corruption.
"Kristie Kenney's criticism of our champion of democracy was most unfortunate," said del Rosario in GMA News’ report. According to an AFP report quoted by ABS-CBN News, del Rosario’s comments referred to Kenney’s "apparent desire" to curry favor with then President Gloria Arroyo. "She (Kenney) was a dismal failure in helping the Filipinos defend our democracy," del Rosario said. He added, "It would seem that she preferred to be favourably looked upon by the (Philippine presidential) palace."
Kenney, who is now based in Thailand, posted on her Twitter account yesterday: "Good morning! Don't believe all you read." Meanwhile, the US embassy declined to comment, reports ABS-CBN News.
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