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From ‘Coke Zero’ to kimchi: Aquino dating Korean

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AMAZING GRACE A publicity shot of Grace Lee who also confirms in a TV interview that she and the President are dating. PHOTO FROM GRACE LEE’S FACEBOOK PAGE

From “Coke Zero” to kimchi.

Months after comparing his love life—or lack of it—to sugar-free cola, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday admitted dating TV and radio personality Grace Lee, a Korean national who has found a niche in the local entertainment scene.

It was the first time the bachelor leader publicly and categorically confirmed he was seeing someone, a pre-Valentine revelation also picked up by the South Korea media.

Lee (Kyung Hee-lee off-screen) was born and raised in Seoul but had since been “Filipinized” (to use a term in her profile on the GMA Network website) after moving to the Philippines at age 10 because of her father’s business.

She went to high school at St. Paul College in Pasig City and earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies at Ateneo de Manila University.

Mr. Aquino made the revelation after social networking sites went abuzz over reports that Lee had admitted on her morning radio show that she went out with the President the night before.

“Well, we are seeing each other, okay?” President Aquino said with a wry smile when asked about the real score toward the end of a news briefing on Wednesday morning at the lobby of the Philippine Information Agency office in Quezon City.

The audience erupted into cheers upon hearing the question and more so when they got the answer from the President, almost like movie fans agog over a newly unveiled love team.

Article 3

President Aquino, who turns 52 next week, declined to take further questions about the date with Lee, 29.

“I think I’ll leave it at that,” he said. “In the Constitution, there’s a thing called privacy. Perhaps, I can also enjoy that right under Article 3.”

A couple of hours later, Lee confirmed President Aquino’s disclosure when asked by a fellow anchor on a GMA noontime news program.

“What the President said is true,” said a smiling Lee, who had just delivered the program’s show biz segment.

Like her date, she also shied away from further queries. “I think there’s no room for clarification because what the President said was simple,” she said.

On her FM radio show last week, Lee neither denied nor confirmed reports she and Mr. Aquino were seeing each other, saying she would rather not comment out of respect for the President.

Early hints

In what now seems to be a prelude to his own Korean telenovela-in-the-making, President Aquino went off-script in a speech and described Lee as guwapa (pretty) at the inauguration of a power plant in Cebu in the middle of last year. Lee was then one of the emcees of the program.

HAND OVER HEART. HEAD OVER HEELS? President Aquino stands at attention as the national anthem is played during the 25th anniversary of the Philippine Information Agency on Wednesday in Quezon City. The President admits for the first time that he is dating Korean radio-TV celebrity Grace Lee but he also invokes his right to privacy. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Later in December last year, the President granted Lee a one-on-one interview in Malacañang.

In Lee’s native land, The Korea Times on Wednesday carried a story with the headline “Is Filipino president in love with Korean woman?”

“Philippine-Korean relations have suddenly gotten warmer,” an Associated Press report said on what could be a budding Palace romance, which came out in the open a week after the President’s former girlfriend, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad, tied the knot with Pasig Representative Roman Romulo.

Mr. Aquino and Soledad ended a two-year relationship shortly after he assumed the presidency in June 2010, after which the rumor mill had since linked the President to three more women: stylist Liz Uy, stockbroker Len Lopez and teacher Bunny Calica.  With a report from AP


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  • Josephine Acosta-Pasricha

    More than President Noynoy Aquino, a public figure, having the right to privacy, it is the women he has dated/dates/will date whose right to privacy must be protected. It is also bad taste to mention and enumerate them all the time specially if they have private lives and already married. Entertaining but a distraction from serious good governance for the twin goals of poverty alleviation and economic prosperity. Palitan na ang kwento ni PNoy!

    • Anonymous

      Exactly!  This is the media handling of his communication group to distract people from looking into his incompetence to run the government politically, economically and socially!  This is a total leadership wreck!

  • Anonymous

    SAYANG ANG GANDA MO GRACE MAPUPUNTA KA LANG PALA DITO SA ISANG ABNORMAL NA LALAKI, BUKOD SA ABNORMAL SUPOT PA.

    • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

      HOY MR PANGITTALAGABUDHIMO: PAPAANO NALAMAN NA SUPOT… NAKU HUH, MAHILIG KA PALAG MANILIP.

    • Anonymous

      BAKLA KA RIN PALA :D PANO MO NALAMANG SUPOT! 

  • Anonymous

    TALAGANG STUPIDO, HE ADMIT THAT HE IS DATING GRACE, THEN MAKE A 180 DEGREE TURN THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO SOME DEGREE OF PRIVACY.
    ABNOY IS REALLY NOT THINKING.  HE WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTION AND THEN QUALIFY HIS ANSWER. THE BEST ANSWER WOULD HAVE BEEN “no comment”

    END OF QUESTIONING, BUT THE RPOBLEM WITH ABNOY HE THINKS HE IS A MOVIE CELEBRITY JUST LIKE HIS SISTER KRIS.

  • Anonymous

    THE RIGHT REPLY TO A QUESTING ABOUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE. wOULD BE NO COMMENT

  • Anonymous

    Ang balita, puro date dito, puro date doon with several women pero bakit wala namang nangyayari. Several women supposedly linked to him in the past are already married with men other than Pnoy. What is the real score?

    • Anonymous

      DABU,
      THE REAL SCORE IS ”HE CAN NOT  PERFORM” , THE SAME WAY AS HE IS NOT PERFORMING HIS DUTY AS PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES He cannot perform his duties inside the bedroom. Naubos na, imagine 40 years na yan nagjajakol, what do you expect.

  • Anonymous

    Ang tanong, kumusta ang ECONOMIYA, noyAbnoy?
    Wala kaming paki-alam sa propaganda mong lovelife!
    HINDI kami naniniwala na tunay kang lalaki!
    PERO naniniwala kami na ang guto mo ay ang tunay na LALAKI!
    Sa lahat, hindi lang abnormal ang presidente, BAKLA rin.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7EARS473SW5R3GZHF4EIN5YIQ Alexis Compton

      ugok

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7EARS473SW5R3GZHF4EIN5YIQ Alexis Compton

      hunghang

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7EARS473SW5R3GZHF4EIN5YIQ Alexis Compton

      duwag, nagtatago ng pangalan, dead pixel daw. sino kaya ang bakla ngayon, labas mong tunay mong pangalan at babalatan kita ng buhay ugok!!!

      • Anonymous

        @yahoo-X7EARS473SW5R3GZHF4EIN5YIQ:disqus 

        Baklang bakla sa ulan!
        Walang masisilungan?

        Kagaya ng retarded mong amo, bakla ka rin!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jp.lowkey83 JP O

    Enough of these distractions and do your work already. chop chop! 

  • Anonymous

    For a single “aging” bachelor, its not bad to dip into “love life” sidings once in a while – especially for a president. Its not like the man is focusing all his energy into this matter. Its better to be truthful to the public rather than some previous presidents who “acted” as if they’re working hard, taking all the credits and praises for their “economic gains kuno” – but really are the result of worldwide economic boosts rather than the result of their own personal doings.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6AN7D2Z57WUWAXNEA6EKPPY4LE Mario

    He had to have somebody “linked” to him after the last woman he had a serious(?) relationship with got off the hook (thankfully) and got married recently to a better person. Anyway, at the rate his “porksecutors” are bungling at the impeachment trial and his buddies are embarrasing his regime of Daang Matuwid, he had to find a diversion to keep the public entertained. This is where the Koreana comes in. She is probably worried sick. 

  • Anonymous

    KAYA PALA WALA MASYADONG COMMENT SI PNOY LATELY SA IMPEACHMENT AY BUSY SA LOVE LIFE.



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