MANILA - "We were not prepared."
These were Kris Aquino's words on Monday night in explaining why she and her sisters became emotional during the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of their brother, President Benigno Aquino III.
During the live telecast of "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," Kris confirmed that President Aquino deviated from his prepared speech when he spoke about getting a "second life" after a 1987 coup attempt.
In his speech, the President said: "Alam po ni Vice President [Jejomar Binay], na noong 1987 magkasama kami, may kudeta, na-ambush po tayo doon, at tapos noon eh pangalawang buhay ko na po ito."
Kris explained that, at the time, her brother was shot and that then-Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay was among the first people to respond.
President Aquino continued: "Hindi natin maiiwasan mag-isip sa mga binubunggo natin, may araw kayang ‘pag sasampa ka sa entablado, may trabaho ring araw–may magtatagumpay bang maglagay ng bomba? Magtatagumpay ba ‘yung mga may maiitim na balak ng atin pong mga katungaling gusto tayong ibalik sa maling kalakaran."
"At kung dumating nga ang panahong pong iyon, at natapos na po ang ating pangalawang buhay, masasabi ko ho bang, okay na rin? At sasabihin ko po sa inyo, mata sa mata, sa lahat po ng inabot natin, ako po'y masasabi kong kuntento na ako."
Recalling her and her sisters' reactions to the off-script moment in the SONA, Kris said they reminded each other to keep smiling. However, they could not contain their emotions.
At one point, Kris was seen wiping her tears while the audience applauded.
Sharing her conversation with her older sister Maria Elena, Kris said: "Ate, kung sinasabi niyang okay na, sa akin, hindi. I don't want to face his mortality."
"Those last words that he (President Aquino) said, they were not part of the speech, kaya talagang lalo kaming tinamaan, kasi we were not prepared to hear those words. Those were really his words. Nag-deviate siya. Near the end, those were really his words," she added.
She noted that her brother's words were especially worrying since August is approaching. Their parents -- former President Corazon Aquino and slain Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. -- both died during the month of August. Corazon Aquino passed away due to colon cancer in 2009, while Benigno Aquino was assassinated in 1983.
"We don't like August. Both our parents died August," Kris said.
After President Aquino's SONA, Kris said she spoke with her brother to commend him on his speech, but also reminded him to "stay alive."
"What I told him after the speech was, 'Great speech, but please stay alive!' 'Naman!' sabi niya," Kris shared, laughing.