Gretchen Cojuangco

Gibo's wife: Let's not wash our dirty linen in public

Gibo’s wife: Let’s not wash our dirty linen in public

MANILA, Philippines – Tarlac Congresswoman Nikki Prieto-Teodoro, wife of Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro on Saturday urged members of the Cojuangco family not to wash their dirty linen in public.

Interviewed in Antipolo City, Teodoro declined to add fuel to the controversy regarding statements made by the wife and daughter of San Miguel Corp. chair and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) chair emeritus that they would support any other presidential candidate except Teodoro.

“I was not brought up that way, yung naglalabas ng baho ng pamilya. So I cannot comment on that,” Rep. Prieto-Teodoro said.

“Delikadesa yan eh. Kung wala silang delikadesa, problema nila yan. Ikaw ba, pag may baho ang pamilya mo dapat ba nilalabas mo?” she added.

Her husband on Friday also said family rifts should not be made an election issue.

“Issues of that nature are not proper issues for a presidential election. Issues of that nature do not affect the life of Juan de la Cruz by any stretch of imagination,” Teodoro said in Makati City before banking professionals.

Teodoro said it’s bad to assume that if “the patron has created you, the patron has made you, therefore the patron owns you.”

“That kind of politics has beset the country for a long, long time,” he added.

He said making family problems an election issue was “quite dangerous” as it “smacks of patronage politics.”

Lisa Cojuangco for Noynoy

Lisa Cojuangco-Cruz, daughter of Danding, said on Thursday that she would not support her cousin as she openly endorsed Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party.

Cojuangco-Cruz said her father felt insulted by Teodoro’s decision to leave the NPC for the administration party.

“Masamang-masama ang loob ng daddy ko. He was given all the best, better than all the children. Basta na lang umalis. Walang kinalaman si GMA (President Arroyo). Lumaki ang ulo eh. Kailangan niyang bumaba (My daddy feels really bad. He was given all the best, better than all the children. He just went away. President Arroyo has nothing to do with this. He (Teodoro) became bigheaded. He needs to look down),” Cruz said.

Anybody but Gibo

Last month, Danding’s wife, Gretchen, told reporters that her husband would support any candidate except for Teodoro. (Read: Anybody but Gibo, says Danding’s wife)

“Anybody but Gibo. Anybody,” she told reporters, after being asked who her husband would support between Teodoro and their other nephew, Noynoy Aquino.

I’m just a wife that’s why ga lain ang buot ko (sumasama ang loob ko) for my husband,” she said in Ilonggo.

Mrs. Cojuangco said Teodoro failed to inform her husband that he was leaving the NPC to join Lakas-Kampi-CMD despite receiving help from Danding for the past 9 years.

She also belied reports that Teodoro and her husband are in good terms. — With reports from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Kris wooing Danding to support Noynoy's presidential bid

Kris wooing Danding to support Noynoy’s presidential bid
By Aurea Calica
The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines  – Actress and television host Kris Aquino yesterday revealed she is trying to convince her uncle, business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., to support the presidential bid of her brother Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

During the campaign sortie of the Liberal Party (LP) held here, Kris told reporters that she would be accompanied by Cojuangco’s daughter Lisa for a meeting with the business tycoon.

“I’ve tried… I have seen him (Cojuangco) in person because we do have a good relationship. I would be accompanied by Lisa if the campaign reaches Iloilo or Bacolod City,” she said.

Kris and Lisa are second cousins. Cojuangco and Kris’ mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, are maternal first cousins.

Kris said she was happy that Lisa decided to go with them even if they were just second cousins. Kris said she felt elated by Lisa’s offer even though she is the first cousin of administration presidential candidate Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

“Thank you very much. I hope she (Lisa) can convince her father to support Noynoy… I’ve tried (to convince them) as I said but it’s really their decision,” Kris said.

Kris would not say if their uncle had committed financial support for the campaign of Noynoy. Cojuangco is the founder of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), the political party of Teodoro before he moved to the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Lisa, for her part, said she would maintain their family’s stand to support any candidate except Teodoro.

Lisa revealed to ABS-CBN that her father felt insulted when Teodoro bolted the NPC to join the administration party.

“My daddy was hurt. He (Teodoro) was given all the best, better than all the children, then suddenly he left. President Arroyo had nothing to do with this but Gibo became arrogant. He has to learn to be humble,” Lisa said.

Last month, Cojuangco’s wife Gretchen told reporters that her husband would support any candidate except Teodoro.

Mrs. Cojuangco said Teodoro failed to inform his uncle that he was leaving NPC to join Lakas.

She said Teodoro has been receiving help from her husband for the past nine years.

“My husband had the biggest plans for and belief in him, being so intelligent,” Mrs. Cojuangco said.

Botox makeover

Kris joined her brother here during the campaign, talking to reporters in the sidelines, revealing her plans to convince the LP presidential bet to have a makeover.

She wanted her brother to try Botox to be “more presentable.”

“If you notice, the way a person dresses and your overall look is a big thing when you face the people. Actually I advised him, do you want to have Botox? Because wrinkles are developing on his forehead,” Kris told reporters before their rally here Wednesday night.

Kris said she wanted her brother to resemble actor John Lloyd Cruz but he told her, “Why would you like to experiment on my face?”

Kris volunteered to be the stylist of Noynoy and the first thing she asked her brother was to undergo hair loss treatment but he refused.

Noynoy, however, allowed his youngest sister to be his fashion adviser.

And if Noynoy would be elected president, Kris said her role would depend on what her brother would ask of her.

“It’s up to Noy. Because if he wins and he is already the president, he calls the shots. So whatever he would ask of us to do to help him, we would do it,” Kris said.

Noynoy also said his sisters were not really excited to return to Malacañang. Kris, however, clarified they did not really live in Malacañang when their late mother was still president.

She said they never spent a single night in Malacañang but they all lived together in the Arlegui guesthouse.