MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino: always the Best Man, never the Groom.
Aquino, a bachelor, seems to be a favorite Best Man for celebrity weddings, including those of actors Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, as well as Senator Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista.
But how the world turns.
Aquino officially announced today that he is withdrawing his “Best Man” status for the weddings of both Dantes and Escudero, and it’s all because of politics.
Escudero is an independent candidate for vice president, challenging Aquino’s (and his Liberal Party’s) anointed candidate, Leni Robredo.
Dantes, on the other hand, just quit his post as Commissioner of the Aquino administration’s National Youth Commission so that he could actively campaign for his chosen bets in the 2016 presidential elections. The actor is reportedly leaning towards campaigning for Senator Grace Poe, and not Aquino’s anointed presidential candidate Mar Roxas. Of course, the president is not at all happy.
Blood is thicker than water, so they say. In this case, politics takes precedence over weddings.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It was yet another celebrity wedding, this time between Philippines Senator Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista. President NoyNoy Aquino was the Best Man. But he was a no-show! Escudero’s brother, Phillip, stood in for the president.
Just recently, Aquino was severely criticized for being a no-show at the arrival ceremonies for the 44 police officers who were slain in an encounter with rebel forces in the southern island of Mindanao. Instead, Aquino was attending the inauguration of a new car mafucturing plant just south of the capital. The presidential palace explained to the media that the arrival ceremonies was not on the president’s schedule.
In an interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Escudero’s wedding held February 15 in the province of Quezon was not on Aquino’s schedule either, and he blamed the president’s appointments secretary for failing to include it in the presidential calendar.
Of course, it’s always someone else’s fault, but at least the presidential palace is consistent with its responses to criticism regarding the whereabouts of the president. It has created a popular tagline on social media – #NasaanAngPangulo (Where is the President).