MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino is spending time with his family on Christmas eve and Christmas Day.
The president said he is attending reunions with members of the Aquino and Cojuangco families today and tomorrow, Christmas day, the first he is spending as the country's highest official.
All his schedules today and tomorrow have been classified as private and not for media coverage.
The planned visit to an orphanage on Christmas day will not push through.
"Hindi na sya matutuloy. He's going to be spending the time with the Aquinos and the Cojuangcos. So wala na siyang official event," Presidential Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang told reporters in a phone interview.
"Today, I think, he's having dinner with the family. I'm not sure if the Aquinos or the Cojuangcos. Kasi ano yan, the Aquinos, the Cojuangcos or his immediate family. That is tonight or tomorrow."
With a date?
Carandang said he would not know if the President is bringing Len Lopez, the latest rumored lady the bachelor President is reportedly dating, with him in the family reunions
"Hindi ko alam, tsaka hindi niya sinabi sa akin," chided Carandang.
Reacting to a column of Vic Agustin, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had said that the President indeed brought Len Lopez in the Christmas party of the Cabinet last December 15.
Carandang, however, could not say for sure if it was indeed Lopez as she was not introduced to him.
"Marami akong ‘di kilala dun. And there was someone there na parang kamukha niya pero I'm not sure if it was her. Yung nandun sa picture," Carandang said.