Is Filipino president in love with Korean woman?
Filipino President Benigno S. Aquino III has set off an Internet sensation over a relationship with a Korean woman.
The 52-year-old unmarried head of state is reportedly in a romantic relationship with Grace Lee, a popular TV host and radio disc jockey in the Philippines. She recently turned 30 and her Korean name is Lee Kyung-hee.
Both Aquino and Lee have remained silent on their relationship. Aquino’s spokesman also refused to confirm on it in the latest press briefing, saying “We do not comment on private matters of the President.”
The rumor flared up last week by a Twitter posting that said Aquino went out on a date with Lee.
A witness was quoted as saying in the report, “Grace Lee led the conversation (with Aquino). The atmosphere during dinner was peaceful and harmonious.”
Filipino media outlets have already churned out stories regarding the couple, raising the possibility for her to become the South Asian nation’s first lady.
Judging from reports from the Philippines, their relationship appears to have become closer than just friendship.
Lee said on her Twitter account last Friday, “I never said we dated. Nor did I say we are text mates. Nor that he comes to visit me." During a TV news program she said, “He (President Aquino) has my highest respect so I think that it’s better that I leave it to the President to speak on the matter.”
All media eyes were on the President last Friday when he appeared in public to attend a high-profile event. Despite a barrage of questions from reporters, Aquino just smiled and remained tight-lipped, according to Filipino news reports.
The two reportedly first met in June last year at a groundbreaking ceremony for a power station in Cebu where Lee was the event’s emcee. Aquino acknowledged Lee as “gwapa” (beautiful) before he made his speech, according to local media.
Lee was born and raised in Seoul, but moved to the Philippines at the age of 10 because of her father’s business.