President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III confirmed on Wednesday that he is “seeing” radio DJ and TV host Grace Lee a week after rumors sparked that the two went on a date.
“Well, we are seeing each other. Okay?” Aquino said during the anniversary rites of the Philippine Information Agency in Quezon City.
When asked for details, the president refused to divulge more and cited his constitutional right to privacy.
“I’ll leave it at that. Sa Constitution po natin, may nakalagay na privacy. Baka pwedeng mabahagian naman ako ng karapatan na iyon under Article 3,” he said.
The Korean-born Lee, 28, earlier refused to comment on their rumored romance and said that she wanted the president to speak on the issue first.
“The president really has my highest respect so I think it’s better if I leave the president to speak of the matter. Pagkatapos na lang siguro kung meron akong kailangan i-klaro, sasabihin ko rin,” she said on a TV interview last Friday, Jan. 27.
The news that the two dated last Wednesday, Jan. 25, came from fellow radio DJ Mo Twister, who tweeted, “We are talking about Grace Lee’s date last night with President Aquino. #itsmorefuninthephilippines.”
Lee, who fluently speaks Tagalog and Cebuano, first caught Aquino’s eye in June of 2011 at the inauguration of the Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu.
Aquino reportedly commented that he found Lee, then the event’s host, “gwapa.”
The president has insisted late last year that his love life is not his priority, even comparing it to Coke Zero.
Who is Grace Lee?
Grace Lee (Korean: 이경희; born Lee Kyung Hee) is a Korean television host and radio disc jockey working in the Philippines. She is the third Korean expatriate to appear prominently in Philippine television, after Sandara Park, Ryan Bang and her fellow DJs Sam Oh and Jinri Park. She can speak Tagalog and English in addition to her native Korean.
Lee was born and raised in Seoul, but moved to the Philippines at the age of 10 because of her father’s business, which involved importing Korean cars. She studied from third grade to senior high school at St. Paul College in Pasig City and graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, where she obtained her Communication Arts degree.
Before becoming a TV host, she has been hosting events for Korean-Filipino communities as well as being an official interpreter for Malacañang.