MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he would not be taking someone out for a date this Valentine's Day.
Speaking to reporters during the the opening of the 21st Travel Tour Expo, the bachelor president said only his friends will keep him company.
"Mamaya naman ay magtitipon kami ng mga kaibigan ko at may kaunting salo-salo. Hanggang doon na lang 'yun," he said.
Aquino, who remains a bachelor at the age of 54, has dated several women since being elected President in 2010 including Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad (now married to Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo), stylist Liz Uy, stockbroker Len Lopez, TV host Grace Lee and beauty queen Bianca Manalo.
Last August, the President's sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, hinted that a 29-year-old lawyer might be Aquino's new inspiration.
Meanwhile, Aquino also admitted that he almost forgot that it is the birthday of his younger sister Kris today.
Aquino had to be reminded by Senator Sonny Angara who sat beside him during the opening of the expo organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) about his sister's birthday, which falls on Valentine's Day.
"Nagpapasalamat ako kay Senator Angara. Napaalala niya birthday ng kapatid ko nga pala ngayong araw na 'to, bunsong kapatid ko. Kung hindi dahil sa kanya, baka nakaligtaan kong mabati ang aking kapatid," Aquino said when asked about his plans for Valentine's Day.
In jest, Aquino said he is hoping that Kris would not leave her sons with him today.
"At least siguro hindi naman idedeposito sa akin ni Kris ang kanyang mga anak ngayong araw na 'to," Aquino quipped. - with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News