Is Aquino dating Risa Hontiveros?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 26 2012 11:40 AM | Updated as of Oct 26 2012 11:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines – After a string of relationships, has President Aquino finally found love inside his political circle?

The President is being linked to former Akbayan party-list lawmaker Risa Hontiveros Baraquel after the latter was included in the Liberal Party coalition’s senatorial slate. Aquino is a bachelor and Baraquel a widow.

In an interview, Aquino’s sister, Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz, denied any romantic link between her brother and Baraquel.

“Hindi ko alam yun, sorry.  Alam ko iba yung love ni Rissa,” she said in an interview.

She also confirmed that the President is not dating anyone at the moment. She said she still prays that her brother would soon find a companion.

“Ngayon ang alam ko wala. Wini-wish ko, dinadasal ko din na may makilala siya di ba pampa-inspire para mas ganahan. Di ko naman dinadasal na magpakasal na ngayon. Sana meron lang siyang nakakasama, nakakausap,” she said.

Aquino has dated several women since becoming President in 2010 but none of his relationships have led to marriage. Among the women linked to Aquino are Shalani Soledad, Bunny Calica, Liz Uy, Len Lopez and Grace Lee.