Bam Aquino: Two Aquinos divided votes on top senatorial bets survey

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Senator Bam Aquino says her cousin Kris Aquino's inclusion in the list may have been the reason for his exclusion from the top 12 senatorial bets. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — After being kicked out of a survey's top 12 candidates for next year's senatorial elections, Senator Bam Aquino named one defining factor, his cousin Kris Aquino. 

Bam Aquino ranked 18th to 23rd in the recent Pulse Asia Survey of top senatorial bets for 2019, only one rank higher than Kris. 

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"The first time two Aquinos were included in the Pulse Asia Survey resulted in a divided choice for voters leading to a drop for Sen. Bam Aquino. From being the only opposition candidate among the top 12 in past surveys, Sen. Bam dropped from the Magic 12 in the recent survey conducted from Sept. 1 to 7." the senator's camp said Saturday.

However, Kris Aquino made it clear that she has no plans to run for Senator and called her inclusion in the list in competition with her cousin, "unfair."

"HINDI PO AKO TATAKBO PARA SA SENADO IN 2019 [I WON'T RUN FOR THE SENATE IN 2019]. It is unfair to my cousin @bamaquino that in this Pulse Asia poll an Aquino who has stated many times that SHE won't run for the senate in 2019 had to be included," the actress firmly said in her Instagram post Saturday. 

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My armor is the TRUTH substantiated in part by KCAP credit card billings (the irony of which is that KCAP is a SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP company and Kristina C. Aquino herself never once used the credit card). Now let me tell you my story. If you follow me on IG you know i’ve barely posted new pictures of me... July 27 when a Medical Evacuation plane flew me home, my health hasn’t been good, most likely that was already my woman’s intuition warning me. My sisters didn’t want me to fly to the Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood premiere. BUT i pleaded my case... we flew to Hawaii for me to get healthier while my auditing team did their due diligence because i saw some red flags. I’ve taken pride in my professionalism, my 100% honesty about financial dealings, and my total respect for endorsement contracts. Direcho na- alam kong pumalpak ako in the past sa personal life so bumabawi ako ng bongga sa trabaho ko at sa pagsusumikap na maging mabuting ina. Because of this ALLOW ME TO FIRMLY SAY THAT I WON’T SEEK ANY NATIONAL ELECTIVE POST IN 2019. i am the only parent providing for the financial & emotional well being of Kuya Josh who has special needs, and Bimb who is only 11 years old. HINDI PO AKO TATAKBO PARA SA SENADO IN 2019. It is unfair to my cousin @bamaquino that in this Pulse Asia poll an Aquino who has stated many times that SHE won’t run for the senate in 2019 had to be included... Today we uploaded the @samsungph webisode & i want to express my gratitude to them for recognizing my values & honesty. Heartfelt gratitude also to my @chowkingph family for delaying our TVC shoot scheduled for tomorrow until i’m in better health. In the 6 weeks that i quietly suffered because of financial abuse & betrayal, the stress, inability to eat & sleep properly caused my weight to go down to under 54 kilos. I apologize to all my endorsements & brand partners for paying the price of a Kris Aquino struggling to again find her inner WARRIOR. I have asked both Atty Sig Fortun & Atty Florin Hilbay to take charge of my legal team for me to get the JUSTICE i deserve.(My bloodworks from yesterday had good WBC count, waiting for my thyroid antibodies results.)

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Bam acknowledged Kris Aquino's lack of interest in pursuing a spot at the Senate and maintained that helping the Filipinos should still be their priority in the issue. 

"Pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan ang mas mahalaga sa usaping ito. Ngayon na lumalabas na isa lang sa amin ang dapat tumakbo next year, pag-uusapan at paghahandaan namin ito," he said.

[Translation: Helping our people is more important in this issue. Now that it shows that only one of us should run next year, we will discuss and prepare for this.]

Kris Aquino had previously floated the idea of running for Senator during her online spat with Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

"Nag-iisip po talaga ako ngayon sincere ito paano ko ba magagamit yang boses na yan dahil nakikinig kayo sa akin. Ang FB alone I was told that Live had more than five million views. So maybe my voice matters," she said on her Facebook Live video in June.

[Translation: I am really thinking of how I can use my voice because the public is listening to me. I was told that the livestream on FB alone had five million views. So maybe my voice matters.]

However, she explained that her endorsement contracts and a promise she made to her late mother were holding her back from considering to run. 

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This time, the actress explained that her lack of interest in a senatorial position comes from her desire to devote time to her two sons, Josh and Bimby. 

"I am the only parent providing for the financial and emotional well being of Kuya Josh who has special needs, and Bimb who is only 11 years old," Kris said.