MANILA, Philippines – Valenzuela residents found something to cheer them up amid the floods brought by non-stop rains in the recent days.
On Thursday, President Benigno Aquino III visited an evacuation center in Valenzuela where he also bumped into his former girlfriend, Councilor Shalani Soledad.
|President Aquino meets his former girlfriend, Councilor Shalani Soledad, in an evacuation center in Valenzuela.
In his opening speech before the evacuees at Gen. T. de Leon Elementary School, Aquino said it has been a while since he was invited to the city.
“Magandang umaga ho sa inyong lahat. Alam niyo hindi tayo masyadong naiimbita sa Valenzuela these days. Pero ngayon naman ho, okay lang ho dumalaw sa inyo,” he said.
He then greeted the local government officials who were there. But it was when Aquino mentioned Soledad’s name when the people burst into cheers.
“Batiin ko lang muna si Mayor Sherwin (Gatchalian), si Vice Eric (Martinez), siyempre ang konsehal nating si Shalani,” he said.
Before he ended his opening speech, Aquino said: “Maski wala po ako dito, nasa-isip ko po kayo. Sana tandaan po natin iyan.”
Meanwhile, Soledad told ABS-CBN News that she is glad to see Aquino in Valenzuela again.
“Mula sa lungsod po ng Valenzuela, maraming salamat po of course kay PNoy at pati na rin sa ating mga Cabinet secretaries na nagpunta dito today para tulungan tayo,” she said.
Soledad said seeing the President during times like these uplifts the spirits of flood victims.
“Nung Ondoy, times two ang aming mga tao na nandito sa evacuation centers. Kinakailangan talaga namin all the help that we can get dahil siyempre masarap din ang feeling na ang Presidente binibisita tayo dito sa ating lugar,” she said.
Aquino and Soledad broke up in 2010. Since then, Aquino has been romantically linked to television host Grace Lee, while Soledad got married to Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo.