Palace on Imelda's birthday: No statements unless public interest is involved

Published July 3, 2022, 3:07 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang is tight-lipped on the recent birthday celebration of former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the Palace, saying it will only comment on issues that involve the public’s interest.

Photo from President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos’s Facebook page

“Good morning. We will only be releasing statements on issues where public interest (and) welfare is involved. Thank you,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)

Secretary Rose Beatrix Cruz-Angeles said.

Mrs. Imelda Marcos, convicted on seven counts of graft in 2018 for illegal transfer of funds, celebrated her 93rd birthday on July 2.

The celebration in Malacañang came two days after her son, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., took his oath as the country’s 17th President.

Mrs. Marcos’ grandson Michael Manotoc posted photos of the celebration on his Instagram account.

President Marcos himself joined Filipinos in wishing his mother a happy birthday.

“I join the country in greeting our mother the happiest of birthdays! We wish you continued health, blessings, and joy,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Senator Imee Marcos confirmed last week that the Marcos matriarch, known for glamorous fashion, would be celebrating her birthday in Malacañang.

“Kung anong gustong gawin ng nanay ko, susunod po kaming lahat dahil yung nanay ko ang siyang pinaka-excited dahil tagumpay ng isang ina talaga matapos ang 36 years na pagkahaba-haba (We will do whatever our mother wants because she’s very excited because it’s a success for any mother after 36 years),” she said during the media conference of the movie “Maid in Malacañang.”

“Higit sa lahat, magbi-birthday na siya doon [sa Malacañang] (Most importantly, she will celebrate her birthday there at Malacañang), July 2,” she added.

The Marcos family had occupied Malacañang for almost 20 years, from December 1965 until the late dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted through people power on February 25, 1986.