|Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III smoking a cigarette
MANILA, Philippines - Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte on Tuesday admitted that President Benigno Aquino III still smokes, but was quick to add that he only does so in designated smoking areas.
"Contrary to what people think, he doesn't '[follow the rules] yung dahil presidente siya or something. He observes the rules. He observes kung saan pupuwede. Minsan nga po 'yan, kaya siya nakukunan sa labas is he observes the proper smoking area," Valte said.
Last October, Malacañang denied a newspaper report which said Aquino was allowed to smoke during his return flight from San Francisco to Manila, which is in violation of international and local aviation rules.
Aquino earlier said he is not yet ready to kick his nicotine habit, saying that this may affect his decision-making skills.