DOJ chief de Lima admits she has a boyfriend

Posted at 07/13/11 5:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines –Leila de Lima has a lot of things on her plate, what with the issues she needs to face daily as head of the Department of Justice (DOJ). But she is not ignoring another aspect of her life that is also as important – her love life.

In an interview with ANC’s “Strictly Politics” on Tuesday, de Lima admitted that she is currently dating.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima admits that she has a boyfriend when she guested on ANC's "Strictly Politics."

When asked by host Pia Hontiveros if her steady date is her boyfriend, the DOJ secretary said: “Yes! I won't date someone who's not my boyfriend. And that's the most that I can say.”

The 51-year-old single mom, whose marriage was annulled in 2001, said they have been together “for a few years.”

Does her boss, President Benigno Aquino III, know about him? “No… I don’t know.”

She said she does not go around introducing him to everybody because she values her privacy.

When asked if he is from the public or private sector, de Lima invoked her right to privacy.

What is sure though is that the DOJ chief has no plans of remarrying.

“I promised myself, and even my kids, that I won’t remarry even if the judicial declaration of nullity gives [that] as a right,” she said.