Actress-TV host Kris Aquino on Tuesday said her parting of ways with ABS-CBN, her home network for 20 years, was her “fault” as she “overestimated” her worth.
Speaking at the Ariel 100 Fearless Filipinas event in Makati City, Aquino said there were circumstances sometime in February that prevented her from signing a “very lucrative, fair, easy” two-page contract with ABS-CBN.
Her brother, former President Benigno Aquino III, disclosed in April that terrorist group Abu Sayyaf plotted to kidnap Kris and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, which she later confirmed.
“It was my fault. I could still be there now. I was stupid … but none of you knew that it was the time of the Abu Sayyaf threat. There were also health issues … Siguro that time, akala ko pagbalik ko may space pa. I overestimated my worth,” Aquino said during her first public appearance since June.
“I miss them. I miss the work. I miss what I knew. I miss the daily conversations. I miss the 12 midnight text telling me na ito ’yung nabago sa schedule. I miss my cameramen … We were like a family. This is also like an annulment,” she added.
Last month, Aquino confirmed that she is leaving ABS-CBN and is now working with Tony Tuviera of TAPE Inc. and APT Entertainment, producer of GMA 7’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga.”
Kris said ABS-CBN business unit head Deo Endrinal, her manager in the Kapamilya network, advised her to go to Tuviera. “Deo and I are really friends,” Kris said. “He said the sweetest thing, ‘if there’s anyone who I would like to be your manager, that would be Mr. Tuviera, because I know that he will not only to take care of you financially with all these good projects, but also help you emotionally.”
Pressed about latest developments under her new management, she said she could not give a definite answer yet.
“We’re going ahead with digital, TV will come, I have no definite answer about that. Beyond that, I was specifically told not to say anything so that I do not close any doors and that I keep the other doors firmly open,” she added.
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