“Enough is enough,” Filipino actress and host Kris Aquino posted on social media yesterday.
She said it while calling out blogger-turned-government official Mocha Uson, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, for disrespecting her late parents, former President Corazon Aquino and slain hero Ninoy Aquino.
Kris shared her frustrations with Uson on Facebook saying in Filipino: “I’ve let many things pass. But you have disrespected our whole family.”
“If you notice, Noy [my brother, former president Benigno Aquino III] is not part of the video because he is alive. He can defend himself. But when I saw the video you uploaded to defend Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whom I have never shown ill will towards, do you know what you did? You opened the wounds of a girl who was only 12 years old when her father was killed helplessly.”
The video Kris was referring to was one Uson shared on Facebook on Sunday that compared Duterte’s kiss with an overseas Filipino worker with footage of Ninoy being kissed by a supporter inside a plane right before his assassination.
(No Mocha, that’s not the same thing)
Ninoy was a staunch critic of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and was killed by a still unknown gunman in the Manila International Airport in 1983.
Understandably, Kris got upset. In her Facebook post, she added that she was “jealous” of the two women who kissed her father.
“It’s a gift that was not afforded to my mother who you also constantly disrespect. I promised not to go down to your level – but this time you crossed the line,” she said.
“I will borrow words from my mother: Enough. If you are looking for a punching bag, let it be me because I am alive and I can answer back. I won’t hold back.”
A few hours after her Facebook post, Kris went on a Facebook and Instagram live video to thank her supporters and challenge Uson.
“When my parents are disrespected, I don’t back down. And I won’t back down from you,” Kris said in Filipino.
“This is a direct challenge to you. Text me, you can find my number, it’s so easy. Name the place, name the location, let’s carry it live. Bring all your followers … I can stand alone.”
This is not the first time Kris defended her family online. In February, she spoke up when netizens questioned her mother’s legacy in Philippine history.
The Aquino family is often heavily criticized by Duterte’s supporters as they have come to be associated with the opposing Liberal Party.
According to an Instagram post by Kris earlier today, Duterte’s assistant Bong Go has apologized for what Uson did.
Uson, however, has not released any statements on the issue.