Marcos apologetic to wife, kids; relates family's transition concerns

Published June 26, 2022, 12:16 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he feels terrible for his wife Liza and their kids, for they are “forced” to leave their everyday life behind as he assumes the presidency on June 30.

President-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. feels bad for his family as they have to leave their normal lives behind when he starts serving as the country’s leader on June 30, 2022. (Screenshots from Bongbong Marcos YouTube channel)

Marcos Jr. said this almost a week before taking his oath as the 17th Philippine President.

In his vlog uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, the incoming leader said he is not the only one transitioning but his family. For instance, he feels apologetic to his wife, Liza Araneta-Marcos, for she had to give up her law practice.

“Nakakalungkot man, naaawa nga ako sa kanya, ay kinailangan niyang iwanan muna ang kanyang kasama sa kanyang tinayo na law firm (It’s sad, I feel bad for her because she had to leave the law firm she built),” he said.

“Malungkot dahil ito’y talagang alam ko, nakita ko, pinaghirapan niya. Talagang binuhos niya ang kanyang sipag dito, ang kanyang galing dito. From nothing eh nagkaroon ng isang magandang law firm (It’s sad because I know, I saw that she worked hard for it and built it from scratch. She poured all her abilities to it),” he added.

“Dinedicate niya talaga ang sarili niya doon sa practice niyang law at pamilya na ang tinuturing niya sa mga katrabaho niya (She dedicated herself to her law practice and she treats her co-workers as family),” he continued.

Mrs. Marcos is a founding partner at M & Associates. However, Marcos Jr. said there was nothing they could do because his wife would be the incoming first lady.

“Ngunit wala tayong magagawa dahil siya ay magiging first lady ay kailangan niyang bitawan ang kanyang interes sa kanyang law firm (But our hands are tied since she will be the first lady so she had to let go of her interests in the law firm),” he said.

“Kaya ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa kanya, eh napilitin siyang gawin ito (That’s why I am very sorry to her because she is forced to do this),” he added.

“Pero ang sabi ko naman sa kanya (But I told her), this is only the beginning of a new chapter,” he continued.

Marcos Jr. said he also feels bad for his kids, notably Simon and Vincent because they are now more restricted because of the added security.

“Yung dalawa ko pang anak, dahan-dahang nasasanay dahil marami silang bigla na security. Panay nga reklamo pero wala tayong magagawa (My two sons, they are slowly getting used to having more security. They are complaining but we can’t do anything),” he said.

“Ganyan talaga pag ikaw ay naging anak ng Presidente (That’s just how it is when you’re a child of the a President),” he added.

Marcos Jr. is the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the country from December 30, 1965, until he was ousted through people power on February 25, 1986.

Meanwhile, Marcos Jr. shared that his eldest son Sandro is likewise preparing for his journey as the incoming Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative.

“Hinahanda niya na ang opisina niya sa Congress. Excited na excited din bilang neophyte Congressman (He is now preparing his office at Congress. He is super excited as a neophyte Congressman),” he said.