MANILA -- Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, the youngest son of President Rodrigo Duterte, was caught kissing sexy actress Ellen Adarna amid speculations that the two are having a secret romance.
Gossip website Fashion Pulis snatched up the photo of Duterte and Adarna getting close from a private Instagram account. It was not clear, however, where and when the intimate shot of the rumored couple was taken.
A statement released by Duterte's manager neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the photo.
"As the management team of Mr. Baste Duterte, we do not meddle in personal relationships of the celebrities we handle. They are entitled to be close to any persons they chose to. As for Baste, he is not married and he doesn't label his relationships," Betchay Vidanes, head of Vidanes Artist Management, told ABS-CBN News' Mario Duamual.
Rumors about Adarna dating the young Duterte first swirled after the actress posted several pictures of them together in Siargao Island to celebrate the birthday of her friend, actress Beauty Gonzales.
Adarna, however, has already said that she and Duterte, who has two kids, are just friends and nothing more. But just last week, Adarna got the rumor mills rolling once again after posting a birthday message for the President's son.
"Madami naman nitong magkandarapa sa picture na ito. Tawanan na lang tayo," she told Duterte.