|President Aquino first met Grace Lee at the inauguration of a power plant in Cebu last year. Lee (extreme right) was a co-host of the event. Photo courtesy of Mia Gonzalez
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III finally broke his silence on the news that he is dating Korean television personality Grace Lee.
"We're seeing each other," Aquino told reporters in an ambush interview at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Information Agency in Quezon City on Wednesday.
He did not provide further details, citing his constitutional right to privacy.
"I think I'll leave it at that," Aquino said.
The news was first shared by controversial radio host Mo Twister, who is currently in the United States. He said on Twitter: "We are talking about Grace Lee's date last night with President Aquino. #itsmorefuninthephilippines."
This after a certain Adrian Abella tweeted Mo Twister: "Just asked Grace Lee if it's true that she had dinner with President Aquino. She said she did."
Asked about the supposed date last week, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: "We do not comment on private matters of the President."
Lee, for her part, denied a newspaper report claiming that she admitted dating Aquino. "I never said we dated. Nor did I say we are text mates. Nor that he comes to visit me," she said on Twitter.
Aquino first met 29-year-old Lee last year during the inauguration of the Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu, where the latter was a co-host.
"Pati ang bisita nating si Miss Grace Lee, kala ko tuloy Pinay, eh. Hindi nga pala, Korean. Pero pati 'yung mga Korean na dumarating talagang gwapa lahat. Kailangan yatang buhayin ang Malacañang sa Sugbu. Baka dito na rin tayo magkatuluyan," the President said in his speech during the event.
Aquino, 51, is said to be lucky during the Year of the Water Dragon, especially in the love department.
"This year, he will have a love life if he is willing to get married... The First Lady is coming out," Hong Kong-based feng shui master Joseph Chau Kam Shing said early this month.
The bachelor President's past dates include celebrity stylist Liz Uy and stockbroker Len Lopez. He has also been linked to Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, actress Iza Calzado and Sabrina Chua of Singapore-based Channel News Asia.
His former girlfriend, Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad, recently tied the knot with Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo. -- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
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