Kris Aquino's Hair-Pulling Challenge to Mocha Uson: A Short History

"This is not about being yellow. This is about my love for my mom and my dad."


( Filipino actress Kris Aquino—daughter of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr and former president Cory Aquino—finally broke her silence about the current state of Philippine politics, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, and most especially Asec. Mocha Uson. This comes after the Mocha Girls headliner compared Duterte's controversial kiss with an Overseas Filipino Worker in South Korea to a scene where fans were trying to steal a peck on the cheek on Aquino during the statesman's final hours.




"Asec. Mocha Uson, marami akong pinalagpas. Binalahura mo na ang buong pagkatao ng pamilya namin," Kris' Facebook post on June 5, 6:09 p.m. started. For someone who lost her father at a young age of 12, Uson's video clip shared to her more than five million followers online was hurtful. "Sinariwa mo ang sugat sa puso ng isang batang 12 years old nung pinaslang [nang] walang kalaban-laban ang kanyang ama. Umiyak ako nang tuloy-tuloy dahil NAINGGIT ako sa dalawang babaeng nakahalik sa Dad ko bago siya pinatay," the "Queen of All Media" continued.


Ninoy Aquino, a strong critic and political opponent of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated on August 21, 1983 at the Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino International Airport). He was shot in the head after getting off an aircraft that sent him home after three years of exile in the U.S. Conspiracy theories surround the assassination, but it was one Rolando Galman who was accused of murdering the politician.

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Kris’ initial post was followed with a live video feed at 9:15 p.m. where she explained her side and defended her parents’ honor. After thanking her supporters, she goes on to expound what pushed her to finally say something. "...Pinag-isipan ko bago mag-upload kasi higante naman 'yong binangga ko e—at inaamin ko 'yon. Pero naramdaman ko talaga ang nangyari was, mom ko 'yon, dad ko 'yon, at winawalang-hiya na masyado ang alaala nila," she said in the video. She also dared the government official to re-enact the now-viral movie scene where Angel Locsin drags Uson's character by the hair.



“This is not about being yellow. This is about my love for my mom and my dad. Mahalin natin ang bayan natin at ang demokrasya natin,” Kris concluded.


As with all statements on social media, Kris' decision to challenge Uson was met with divisive reactions. There were those who applauded the actress’ boldness and supported the call to not malign the Aquino's contribution to democracy.





Others responded with the same foul mouth as the president’s, while there are those who chose to bring back controversies surrounding the Aquinos and Cojuangcos.





Uson is yet to respond to Kris’ statement.


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