MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is proud of his new toy, but he just does not want to “flaunt” it.
In an ambush interview, Aquino dismissed reports this recent purchase will affect his government’s austerity measures.
Aquino bought a “third-hand” 2007 Porsche using his own money, according to Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
He ditched his old BMW in exchange for the more attention-grabbing Porsche. He supposedly paid P4.5 million for it.
“Unang-una no, ang hindi ho nailagay doon, third-hand ho ‘yan. Pangalawa ho, hindi ho gobyerno ang nagbayad n’yan. Ibinenta ko po ‘yung isang sasakyan ko at nagkataon ho meron namang buyer at ‘yun po ang ginamit ko pambayad nitong sasakyan ko (It’s a third-hand car. I paid for it from my own pocket),” he said.
He did not reveal the make and model of his Porsche. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda earlier said it is a 2007 model.
Aquino proudly said the sports car has a mileage of only 10,000 kilometers.
The president jokingly said he may not be able to add to its mileage for the rest of his stint in Malacanang.
He just wants to use it in order to relax at times. “Kung maaliwalas naman po at nakaka-relax tayo paminsan-minsan, siguro naman po kapaki-pakinabang [Porsche] ‘pag gumagawa tayo ng desisyon (I want to relax sometimes, it could help me with my decisions),” he said.
He fears, however, that his critics may use this as an issue with his statements of assets and liabilities.
“Nag-bike ako para gumanda ang kalusugan ko. Wala naman po sigurong nag-o-object na paminsan-minsan ay ngingiti naman ako sa harap ng problemang iniwan sa akin at ginagawa ko sa kasalukuyan (I bike to be healthy. I hope no one will object that I be seen smiling at times despite the problems),” he said.
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