Sis vows no ‘Kamag-anak Inc.’ in Aquino presidency
By Anselmo Roque
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MUÑOZ, NUEVA ECIJA—THERE will be no “Kamag-anak Inc.” in a Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino presidency.
Pinky Aquino-Abellada, the Liberal Party presidential candidate’s sister, said Aquino’s extended family would not be allowed to meddle in the affairs of government, if he becomes president.
Abellada, who was the guest speaker at the silver anniversary celebration of the computer training center of the Central Luzon State University here, said she and her three sisters—Ballsy Aquino Cruz, Viel Aquino Dee and Kris Aquino Yap—would continue in their professions after helping their brother in the presidential campaign.
Abellada, who has an economics degree, said she and her sisters would not interfere or dictate on their bachelor brother how he should run the country.
The Aquino siblings are children of the martyred opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr. and the late President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.
“We had been in exactly the same situation before when our mother served as president. We never meddled,” said Abellada.
The derisive phrase “Kamag-anak Inc.” was coined by critics of former President Aquino to refer to her relatives who were accused of meddling in the affairs of government and of using their connections for their own ends during her term from 1986 to 1992.
Abellada said that while she and her siblings respected their relatives, they would not hesitate to act if they saw that something was not right.
“We will tell our brother about it. We will protect and nurture the good name that our parents left behind,” she said.
“We will not betray the love that the millions of Filipinos have shown for our father and mother,” she added.
Abellada assured her audience that her brother would not make any decisions that would destroy the trust of the Filipino people.
“Noynoy has his own mind. He will not be pressured. He treats everyone with respect so he will not be high-handed,” she said.
Abellada, who has been campaigning for her brother in the provinces, said she wanted people to know Noynoy “as a person, as a brother and as a public servant.”