Loveless Aquino to religious leaders: Pray for ‘more attainable goals’
MANILA, Philippines – Perhaps they should reserve their prayers for other things. That was President Benigno Aquino III’s light-hearted quip to religious leaders after he was asked about his bleak love life.
“Baka dapat ‘yung pagdulog natin sa Poong Maykapal, doon na lang ho tayo sa mas attainable goals (Maybe when we pray to the Lord, we just ask for more attainable goals),” the President said during a prayer gathering Coalition of Christian Leaders at Malacañang on Monday.
“In God’s time,” he said, before adding that he hoped that he would at least have a girlfriend before he steps down as president of the country in 2016.
A heavy Coke drinker, Aquino shared another anecdote comparing his relationship status to the popular drink.
“One day, in [a Cabinet meeting], that was the topic, one of the secretaries asked me: ‘How’s your love life?’ As you know it used to be regular then it became light and a few years ago, it became zero. And now it’s below zero,” he said.
The bachelor president also jokingly pleaded to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Secretary Joel Villanueva to pray for his love life every day, instead of just every other day.
Villanueva is the son of Bro. Eddie Villanueva, a former presidential aspirant and founder of the Jesus is Lord Church. The elder Villanueva was also the facilitator of the open forum during the prayer meeting.
It was during the said event that Aquino expressed anew his disappointment with former Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) commander Getulio Napeñas who headed the botched Mamasapano operation. At one point, he said Napeñas turned what was supposed to be a possibly successful mission into “mission impossible.”
Aquino repeated this term, perhaps unwittingly, when asked about his search for a life partner.
“Kung minsan ho sabi n’ya (Joel Villanueva), ‘Maski dama ko kung minsan na parang mission impossible ito, with God’s help nothing is impossible.’ Gawin mo na siguro every day (ang pagdarasal), Joel,” the President joked.
(One time he said, ‘Although I feel that sometimes this is like an impossible mission, with God’s help nothing is impossible.’ Perhaps you should start praying every day, Joel.) KS
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