MANILA -- When it comes to his "love life," President Benigno Aquino III seems "inspired" these days, according to his two older sisters.
In an interview on "Tapatan ni Tunying" aired Thursday, the President's eldest sister, Maria Elena "Ballsy" Aquino-Cruz, was asked whether she gives any advice to her only brother about starting a family of his own.
Pointing out that her brother can decide on his own considering his age -- he turned 53 in February -- Ballsy said, "Masaya na ako if there is someone who will inspire him, someone who is intelligent enough to discuss things with him. Syempre 'yung hindi naman palaging 'yung Cabinet mo 'yung kausap mo."
Aside from his everyday engagements as the country's top official, President Aquino has made headlines time and again for his "love life," which often unfold to be short-lived romances with local celebrities.
Asked if she thinks her brother has a new source of "inspiration," Ballsy said, "Tingin ko meron!"
"Ngayon, when was the last time we saw him with anyone? Clearly, months ago. Hindi 'yung... At least ako [iyon ang huli kong nakita]... Pero kung 'yung inspired siya, tingin ko," she said.
Ballsy's younger sister, Aurora, more commonly known as Pinky, added, "Ako rin, agree. Inspired!"
When asked by ABS-CBN's Anthony Taberna if this source of "inspiration" for the President is a practicing lawyer, Ballsy quipped, "Galing mo, ah!"
On whether the woman in question is 29 years old, Pinky laughed, saying, "Ay, ewan! Ayoko na sumagot!"
She went on to nudge Ballsy to stop answering further questions, as the last one brought up by Taberna was about the woman's supposed respectable background.
"Ate, nagpi-fish si Tunying, oh! Huwag ka na kumagat!" Pinky told her sister.
After his two-year relationship with Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad, which lasted until 2010, President Aquino was romantically linked to fashion stylist Liz Uy and TV host Grace Lee.
He was last linked to beauty queen and TV host Bianca Manalo, who admitted to have had dinner with the President in April. However, no further "dates" followed the initial dinner, according to Manalo.