PNoy AND GRACE LEE BREAK-UP RUMORS UNFOUNDED

MANILA, APRIL 18, 2012 (BULLETIN) By ALEX VALENTIN BROSAS - The break-up rumors between president Noynoy Aquino and Kapuso TV host Grace Lee could not be true.

In a report on “24 Oras,” April 16, host Pia Guanio said that the GMA News department was able to reach out to Grace’s manager Arnold Vegafria through text. Arnold, it was said in the episode, denied reports that the president and the TV host have broken up.

A GMA source, Pia averred, even reported that the two dated last Saturday in a restaurant in Greenbelt, Makati City.

A report on Rappler, a news website, posted on April 16, said that P-Noy and Grace have separated.

“We've confirmed it with three sources close to the President: he's broken up with Grace Lee. The breakup happened just this April,” the report said.

“This ends what initially looked like a serious relationship for the country's most powerful leader. Only in March, a Palace staffer was telling us about how the President seemed so ‘happy’ and ‘always in a good mood’ on account of his special friendship with the Korean radio and TV personality,” the report added.

Meanwhile, abs-cbnnews.com, in its April 16 post, claimed that, “a Palace source has denied that President Benigno Aquino III and Korean media personality Grace Lee have broken-up following speculations online saying the two already called it quits.”

“Radio dzMM correspondent Junry Hidalgo said his source confirmed that Aquino and Lee were together in Greenbelt 5 just last Saturday,” the report added.

The news correspondent revealed that PNoy and Grace “had dinner at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel where they both seemed happy.”

It was also reported that the two were not able to see each other for about a week because of the president’s various activities, which involved dealing with the “Scarborough Shoal standoff, the power crisis in Mindanao, the consecutive oil price hikes and OFW woes.”

Grace, seemingly exasperated over the baseless reports about her and the president, tweeted, “I was just thinking the other day the media is eerily quiet about my personal life lately. Before I can fully savor it, here we go again...”

Grace and president Aquino started dating since February, months after their initial meeting in Cebu last year.

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News Source: President Aquino breaks-up w/ Grace Lee By admin on Apr 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler confirms the break-up of President Noynoy Aquino and Grace Lee.

The report said it was confirmed by 3 sources close to the President: he’s broken up with Grace Lee.

The breakup happened just this April. This ends what initially looked like a serious relationship for the country’s most powerful leader.

Malacańang could not confirm it as of posting time. “Hindi ko alam ‘yon. I just saw it (report) now. We don’t comment and we don’t ask the President about private matters,” said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a text message Monday.

The 52-year-old bachelor President first noticed Lee at an event in Cebu last year and described her as “gwapa” or pretty.

The two met again in an event in Malacańang when South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited the Philippines in November.

Only in March, a Palace staffer told the Rappler about how the President seemed so “happy” and “always in a good mood” on account of his special friendship with the Korean radio and TV personality.

The President started dating the 29-year-old Grace Lee in January. On February 1, he admitted going out with her.

President Aquino 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 earlier February.

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, who earlier thie year tied the knot with Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo.

Source: ACCORDING TO THE BLOG: Rappler & GMA News


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