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Kris Aquino Willing To Pay For A Two-Bedroom Jail Suite For Her And Brother NoyNoy

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If she is  charged and convicted for election law violation, presidential sister and talk show host Kris Aquino says she is willing to pay for a new two-bedroom jail suite for her and brother NoyNoy.

Kris’ use of the presidential chopper in campaigning for Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas is now being looked into by the Ombudsman of the Visayas.

Lawyer Ma. Corazon Naraja, spokesperson of the anti-graft office based in Cebu City, said they were gathering facts about the incident and would determine the legal issues concerning the matter.

According to Naraja, the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines prohibits the use of government-owned vehicles and other government resources in election campaigns . “Let me remind everyone that using government resources to promote the candidacy of any person is an election offense,” Naraja said.

When asked by The Adobo Chronicles what she thought of her possible jail sentence, Kris said she will take full responsibility of her actions, but that she will pay to build a two-bedroom jail suite that she and her brother could share in case he is also jailed.

President Aquino faces possible criminal charges for the unconstitutional use of government (DAP, PDAF) funds, once he steps down from the presidency. (Incumbent presidents are immune from law suits).

“Being one of the top taxpayers in the country, I’m sure I will have no problem getting approval for a request to build the jail suite,” Kris said.

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Manny Pacquiao Asks President Aquino For Use Of Presidential Chopper For His Senatorial Campaign

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Boxing champion and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao today asked President NoyNoy Aquino to lend him the presidential helicopter to use during his campaign sorties.

Pacquiao made the request as Aquino defended his sister, Kris, after photos of her alighting from the presidential chopper went viral on the Internet. Critics questioned Kris’ use of the chopper in one of the campaign events for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.

In defending his sister, the president said that Kris is one of the biggest taxpayers and occasionally, he wants to show the biggest “investors” the progress of the government’s tax-funded projects.

Pacquiao, who is running under a rival party headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, says that he, like Kris, is entitled to the use of the presidential chopper because is also among the biggest taxpayers.

As a matter of fact, Pacquiao is No. 1 on the list of the top 500 taxpayers, according to records of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.  Kris  is No. 16 on the list.

Sources close to Aquino have confirmed that the president is regretting opening his big mouth.  There is now no reason for him to deny Pacquiao’s request.

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