"Sorry to Shalani," marriage not the priority for Noynoy Aquino, says sister Viel

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Viel Aquino-Dee, one of the Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's sisters, stated that her brother's priority now is the country and not settling down with girlfriend Shalani Soledad. "It's better if (Noynoy) has a wife so hindi lang kaming mga kapatid ang aasahan niya. Sorry to Shalani pero low priority yata talaga ngayon 'yun sa kanya."

Soledad, who was recently proclaimed as councilor of Valenzuela City, concurs with Dee's assessment. "From the start, I think it was very clear naman to (Noynoy and me) 'yung trabaho namin and kung ano ang requirements nito and very supportive naman din siya in terms of my career. And of course, ako I understand na bayan muna," she told ABS-CBN News last week. She added: "Like I've always said, I will always stand by Noy kung ano yung kailangan niyang gawin. Nakasuporta tayo at naiintindihan natin 'yun."

Both Aquino and Soledad also brushed off rumors that they had broken up. "Incorrect," was all Aquino had to say about the matter.

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