Kris Aquino and Communications Asec. Mocha Uson. Composite. From Aquino's official Facebook page and ABS-CBN News File

The word war between Kris Aquino and Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Mocha Uson is still raging. Not a few people believe that the rift is for real but others opine it’s a mere gimmick. Allegedly, the two crave publicity as they want to be talked about all the time.

Their exchange of heated words came about when Kris saw photos showing girls kissing her late dad, Benigno Aquino. The photos were posted by Mocha on social media. Kris found this uncalled for and a disrespect to her deceased father.

Although President Duterte himself issued a sorry message on the matter, Mocha refused to apologize to Kris, causing public comments. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s son-actor Jake Ejercito called Mocha “garbage” in his Instagram. Kris thanked him, but Mocha did not take the comment sitting down.

With reports about Kris making a movie-TV comeback, several people believe the quarrel could be a gimmick to create a furor for publicity purposes. There are those who surmise Mocha is publicity-hungry. In any case, both camps brushed off such claims, saying the truth is it’s not a gimmick whatsoever. But people are hopeful Kris and Mocha will bury the hatchet soon.