Malacanang on former US Ambassador Kristie Kenney ‘s views on Aquino
The unbecoming cable assessment of former United States ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney on President Benigno Aquino III when he was a senator was "clearly wrong". This was stated by a Malacañang official said on Sunday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte claimed that in spite of the unpleasant secret cables made by Kenney, the Palace will not do anything against the US ambassador.
"You can ask anybody, the assessment is clearly wrong. You can see it in the performance of the President," Valte said.
According to Kenney, she described the former senator Aquino as "diffident and unassertive" when he was still running for presidency in 2010.
The comments were published by an anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.
The series of cable was filed by Kenney after Aquino visited the US envoy at her home in January 2010.
Kenney, who was unimpressed with the son of late democracy icon and former President Corazon Aquino, said Aquino "left the impression of a diffident, unassertive man continuing a political tradition handed on by his parents but not carving his own legacy."
"It remains unclear whether Aquino can turn his shy, reserved qualities into strengths," she added.
Judging Aquino to other presidential candidates, she said the former senator was "vague" on the policies that he would pursue if he won office.
"To put it very frankly and very clearly, the assessment was clearly wrong," said Valte.
Meanwhile, Valte refuted that the leaked cables have connection with Aquino’s recent visit to China.
"Let us not read into it any more. We take it at its face value," she said.