MANILA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Cecille Suerte Felipe - While the love life of President Aquino has again become a hot topic, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II refused to be part of the issue.

“I don’t discuss the President’s personal life. That’s his life,” said Roxas after a reporter asked him about the new apple of the eye of the President.

Reports said Aquino’s new date is an employee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

STAR sources said the girl, Mariness Ledesma, is a lawyer who has been assigned to the office of DILG Undersecretary Rafael Santos for several months now.

DILG employees described Ledesma as simple and quiet.

“She is very quiet,” said a DILG employee who refused to be named.

Ledesma, said to be about 29 years old, is a graduate of the Ateneo de Davao University College of Law.

Aside from the Bar exams, she also passed the real estate broker licensure examination.


Mariness Ledesma: 29-Year-Old Lawyer Linked to Pres. Aquino Identity Revealed by ED UMBAO on SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

The President of the Philippines, Pres. Benigno Aquino III has been dating a 29-year-old lawyer, identified as Atty. Mariness “Kim” Ledesma, according to a newspaper article published on Monday by Inquirer.

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Atty. Mariness Ledesma (Photo Credit: ANC screengrab)

According to the author of the article, Atty Kim Ledesma is presently working for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the agency headed by DILG Secretary Mar Roxa, Pres. Aquino’s running mate in the 2010 elections.

Atty. Mariness Ledesma is a cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Davao University Law School, and was part of its debate team that participated in the debate competition “Square Off,” on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

Another report from Sun Star Davao identified Ledesma as one of the graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University College of Law who passed the Bar Examinations. Atty. Ledesma also passed the Real Estate Broker Licensure Examination in 2011 based upon the data from the PRC.

Atty. Ledesma is the girl hinted by two of the President’s sisters during an exclusive interview by Anthony Taberna whom they described as “inspired” by a lawyer.


Who is PNoy's new love interest? By ROUCHELLE R. DINGLASAN, GMA NewsSeptember 3, 2013 6:11pm 9 0 0 25

Beautiful and kind.

This is how a co-worker at the Department of Interior and Local Government described attorney Mariness “Kim” Ledesma, 29, President Benigno S.C. Aquino’s reported new love interest.

“Maganda siya at mabait. Magaling makisama kahit mababa [lang ang katungkulan mo] at kahit hindi kayo close, expect mo na ngingitian ka niya,” Liza, an employee at DILG, told GMA News Online in a phone interview on Tuesday.

“Atty. Kim,” as her co-workers called Ledesma, is a member of the Liberal Party and currently works under DILG Undersecretary Rafael Antonio Santos.

“Crush ko nga siya kasi maganda siya e,” Liza added.

On Sunday, The Philippine Daily Inquirer in a column “Biz Buzz” named Ledesma as “the present apple of the President’s eye.”

The report noted that Ledesma graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Davao University law school.

Quoting a source, the report said: “I hear they’re very serious about each other.”

GMA News Online tried to contact Ledesma but she was not immediately available for comment.

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Sought for comment, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas told reporters: “I don’t discuss the President’s personal life. That’s his life.”

For his part, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a text message to GMA News Online, “I have no idea and we really don't comment on the President's personal life.” — BM, GMA News

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