President Noynoy Aquino—or PNoy as he prefers to be called—could have just been rattling off his favorite songs to some editors during a private dinner with them, or he really was hinting at the current state of his relationship, or the lack of, with Valenzuela City councilor, Shalani Soledad.
In a report aired on “The Buzz” on Oct. 10, the aforementioned story had been picked up as a source that could verify that PNoy and Councilor Shalani had called it quits after a little more than a year together.
More, it was said that the councilor missed two important public appearances of the President, namely his State of the Nation address on July 26, and his First 100 Days in office last Thursday.
“The Buzz” began the report by tracing when the relationship began. PNoy and the councilor met on July 28, 2008 at Alfredo’s when the former was still serving the country as Senator. The show pointed out that it had also been documented that during the campaign period for the 2010 elections, their relationship had become rather shaky.
Back then, “The Buzz” did a story on Councilor Shalani. Airing on May 23, former “The Buzz” co-host and now Presidential sister, Kris Aquino, interviewed her brother’s girlfriend. The councilor still sounded optimistic then, telling Kris that her relationship with then-Senator Noynoy was a “deep commitment but at this point kasi, napakalaki nung task na haharapin ni Noy. So ang focus talaga should be on the task ahead of him… kasi ang hirap.”
At one point, Kris asked the councilor if she got hurt by the then-Presidential aspirant when he said he didn’t see himself settling down during his term, should he win. Councilor Shalani replied then, “In a way. Siyempre when you are in a relationship, you’re looking forward [to something] long term.”
PNoy refused to talk about his relationship when cornered by the media for an interview recently, let alone confirm the break-up rumors. For now, sources say the couple went through a cool off period, and then the break-up—which apparently happened two weeks ago, hours after the president came back from his September trip to the U.S.
Not only did the source say that PNoy purportedly said the split was inevitable if Councilor Shalani was already unhappy, but that it was apparently initiated by the president himself.
To top it all, the break-up supposedly even happened in the exact same place where they first met—at Alfredo’s [steak house].
The reason the sources cited was lack of proper communication between them, as well as the lack of time they had for each other.
During the episode, “The Buzz” host Boy Abunda laid down his own reading of the situation and declared, “Ang basa ko, totoo ang balita… na hiwalay sila.”
Note, however, that Boy also hadn’t spoken to PNoy so even this was a speculation. What he added was that no one was sure if the break up is temporary or not. He closed with a plea for people to just respect the couple’s privacy, especially since this issue involves the country’s president, no less.
Source: Anya Santos, Manila Bulletin